Here it is – The night before I leave. I should be in bed, but I am doing the last minute things! You know….. the little stuff. But, I am ready now. If I forgot anything oh well. I had to repack because I was notified that the weather is looking rainy and grim. So, I did pack that rain gear. Also added a book and downloaded more. If it is flood watches or tornado threats they won’t let us leave to work, so I will be hunkered down in a bunkhouse. I also just cut up fruit and veggies for my snacks tomorrow. The little things are done and the cat is all set. Actually, the cat is mad, but will get over it. He has been laying on my bag all day. Believe me, if I could I would take him!
So, I can’t sleep. I know I have to be up in like 6 hours YIKES! Yet, I can’t sleep because I am excited. The people who I rode down with last year called me tonight. It was a nice surprise to wish me the best. Love them and will miss them this year. I hope that I get a chance to call them while I am down there. I will have to when in town on laundry day.
What I am looking forward to is seeing people I met, as well as meeting new people. I do want to work at one of the houses I worked at last year, if possible. However, they may not need anymore help. I also want to meet new families down there. I can’t explain it, but you meet people who are wonderful. Many people have asked me why I am going again? What is the point? The point – you are helping people. BUT, and this is HUGE PEOPLE – those people that you are helping – I truly think that they help you too! You are supposed to love God, love people. Love your neighbor as yourself. So very important. Treat others they way you want to be treated. These people, we work on their homes and they are so thankful. You see their spirits being lifted up. They thank you over and over. They talk to you and you talk to them. They also lift up your spirits.
So, I will be up squirrelly early. I will survive a bit of an unusual ride I am told. The iPod is charged and the headphones are ready. But I will survive, because in the end, I will be with EAM again. It is so worth it! I would do anything to get back down there. This is how it worked out this year. It worked out – that is the most important part. And, it can’t be totally bad weather the whole time I am gone. Be positive. There is always something that needs to be done at Grace House. Anita and I want to look at designing new t-shirts. I want to visit with people who I met last year who are coming again. I want to show love and just be happy. It is going to happen!
If you don’t hear from me, do not worry. All will be well! I will try to keep up, but like I said the other day- absolutely no guarantees. I am going to try though.
Okay, going to try to make myself fall asleep. I am going to bed in the dark and will be up in the dark. But it is all good! Tomorrow this time I will be hunkered down in my sleeping bag, with a smile on my face! Happy to be at my “second home”.