I am sitting at the airport, with my sister and her husband waiting on our plane to California. We are delayed… seems I have not had the best of luck traveling these days but in an hour we are on our way. You may ask Why California? Well, My cousin David is getting married in Long Beach so my final days in the states will be sunny Southern Cal with my family.

I turned in my keys to my apartment yesterday, drove my car up to winter park to store it (had a tough time finding the house, it was super dark and Meg and I got lost, funny story, but so not funny at the time), with the help of a recently acquired dear friend I was able to disconnect the battery, i have successfully  slept on the floor for four days and spent the last week with friends, all wishing me well in my new adventure. Thank you all for spending time, making time to say your goodbyes, I so appreciate all the kind words and encouragement. As for my goods, they are all in storage and all that remains are….two bags and a backpack. Nothing like cramming a year worth of life in a two bags.

I am not sure if excited is the right word to describe how I feel, in all honesty its the unknown and the change that I look forward too. I tend to forget that I will be teaching (Sounds silly I know, but when you are packing your life up to move for a year, your focus tends to be on the present and that is to make sure everything gets done in time before you have to leave; car insurance, notify bank that you will be country hopping, cancel your energy bill, pay final water bills, make sure your bills are paid, move out of an apartment, put your things in storage, say goodbye to friends, laundry… etc. the list continues……

Many of you have asked lots of questions and to be honest I do not know much at this point, rumor has it that I may teach 2nd grade! Which would be fantastic! However I am certain whatever classroom of children I am given they will be the perfect fit for me and teach me much more than I will ever teach them. I will post more on details, what my housing is like, what my life is like… so much to look forward too! I am told I will live with two other teachers but at this point I still have yet to know who they are…. so more on that as well.

As for a bit of timeline, I am in Long Beach until Saturday night, where my dad and I will take a Red Eye to Houston. (Business has him changing is plans which selfishly I am glad because we will fly together and he will see me off in Houston).. I leave the States at 8:49 Central Time from Houston..I arrive in San Pedro Sula on Sunday morning at 10:42 am. My bags are packed. Super excited that my big duffle, came in at 45 lbs. (50 is the limit) and my pack was 26 lbs only. (WHOO WHOO) Small victory that made my morning!

I will share more I am sure.. for now I will hang with my family..

My room for the last 4 days…

My battery.. Thanks to one of the greatest people I met, I was able to disconnect the battery and my dearest Meg Day drove me to Winter Park.

Will miss you car.. So long 8 months.

DIA Thursday Morning.. pre 8 hour delay….

Me and my life packed for 8 months.

Just me.. nervous, excited, afraid… all of the above.

Warmest Regards sent from the Rockies for the last time.
Will surely miss Colorado, it has been so good to me.
Kristina

*** Should provide a disclaimer, that grammar, misspellings, mistakes are going to be frequent. I figure i am teaching kids how to properly speak english so I figure its ok if I have a place where I can just let my thoughts fall…

Stumbled upon this quote below by Martin Luther King. You should read it, so so good. I am off for a Sunday . Enjoy your day.

“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral.

 And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long.

And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important.

Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important.

Tell them not to mention where I went to school.

I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others.

I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody.

I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry.

And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked.

 I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

So profound, make me want to live a life close to this.

Last night a friend told me that the only reason my time in Colorado has been really good the last few weeks is because I know that I am leaving soon but for some reason I seem to believe different. These last few weeks have been full of celebration, excitement, a wedding, family and so much more. Many people ask me, are you ready to go? Is your house all packed? (The answer is No and well Nope not yet) but trust me I will be and in due time I will be south bound. For the time being I am soaking in my last glimpses of my Colorado Summer, spending time with friends and doing my best to enjoy every second….. Here is  recap of my last few weeks.

For starters I got back from Europe and the next weekend drove up to Vail to spend the weekend celebrating my old roommate from college Rachel and Jameson’s wedding. The weekend was so good, lots of laughter, late night dancing at the Red Lion Inn, swimming at the pool at the Vail Racket Club, drinks in town and topped off with a hike in East Vail on Sunday. The picture below is of Rachel and Jameson on top of Vail mountain. Beautiful….

Married in Vail on Saturday July 21, 2012

The next week of work came with much anticipation because Monday Night I managed to get tickets to see one of my favorite singers of all time, James Taylor. I love James Taylor because my parents used to play him in the car while we would go on road trips, many songs accompanied by my dads harmonica. Meagan Day and I decided this being our last few weeks in Colorado (Meagan is moving to Arkansas with our current company) why not spend the evening with this musical legend, not to mention at Red Rocks.

Following that weekend guess who came to Colorado to visit??? My PARENTS! Although they are spending the week in Aspen, I was so excited to head up the mountains on Friday to spend my weekend with them in Aspen. I arrived on Friday to watch the Opening Ceremonies in their condo in Snowmass. Saturday Mom and I attended a hour and half yoga class at the resort, I then joined Vince, David and my Dad to Hike SnowMass mountain. The whole crew spent the afternoon at the pool before we headed into Aspen for dinner. Dinner was followed by live music at the St. Regis Hotel.

Sunday we took the Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain to listen to live Bluegrass music before I headed back to Denver.

Mom and Dad head to Denver on Friday… in the meantime I am attending two doctors appointments and the storage unit to get everything squared away for my move. I am adding a countdown to my blog for the much anticipated departure to Honduras.

God has a very funny way of reminding me that he above everyone else knows me at my very inner core. After all God whispers in my ear, “your my child, I created you that way”

For those of you who know me and others that do not, I love kids, I love their gentle spirits, their fragile emotions, the way tears fall so freely from their eyes at the very hint of pain, I love how honest kids are with how they feel, how dependent they are on others, their willingness to embrace a hug, and their equally stubborn personalities. My life has been filled with the honor of pouring into the lives of children, children that are not my own but children I have loved as though they were. Years spent as a swim Coach, my days as a nanny, hours of babysitting, young life, taking
Middle school kids to the best week of their lives at summer camp and my days singing and leading children’s ministry….

So…. In one month from now I will leave my beloved home in Colorado to teach Elementary School at Lago Yajoa Bilingual School. The school is located on the largest lake in the country of Honduras in a small town Pena Blanca.

In many ways I believe God’s timing is very much spot on and in other ways very inconvenient.  I like my life right now, quite honestly I love it. I adore my home in Colorado, my Subaru, happy hours with friends,  hiking in Boulder, hoping on my road bike, hot yoga classes, and the ability to be able to just head to the mountains just because. Their is very little I wish to change. However I should not be surprised that as a child of God, a God that loves me, knows my deepest desires, that he has even bigger plans in store for me….

I made a joke that if I only got one chance at this life than I sure as hell didn’t want to be wasting it in a cubicle and or doing something that I was not passionate about. Perhaps God was not the only one laughing at my joke because now I am going to teach in Central America.

I share joy and a smile a mile wide at the thought of this opportunity, to only be overwhelmed with fear and anxiety seconds later. But in the midst of it all I am quite certain God is looking down at me with a smile on his face saying “Kristina this is exactly where I want you” in the wrestle, pulling and pushing yourself knowing full well that I have great things in store for you.  I am Honored and humbled that God would see to it that I embark on what I am certain will be big adventure.

I will be using this blog to share my journey teaching and would love for you to follow with me. My departure is the end of August until June… (Where I then plan to come back to Colorado… time will tell) your prayers are so appreciated..

Warmest
Kristina