I had many hopes for today. Life being unpredictable, none of those hopes were met. Instead I had to deal with something that I had neither the patience or emotions for....and it was first thing in the morning. What a way to start the day! Nonetheless I am packed and physically I am ready to go. Emotionally is another story...
I am feeling nearly every emotion possible...happiness, sadness, fear, excitement, and everything in between. My friend Melissa likened it to the first day of school. Do you remember when you were in school and the first day came and you were so full of a range of emotions that you didn't know what to do with yourself? That's where I am at right now...so many emotions and I don't have the first clue how to handle them. So, I'm just going to let them come and deal with them as best as I know how.
I am asking that you pray for me. Please pray for safe travel. Pray that not only do we make it to Rome safely, but so does our luggage! Please pray for the transition and all of the important things that I have to do in the next 3 weeks before students arrive will be completed despite my lack of Italian. Please pray for my heart....that it can bear the separation of what is familiar and the embrace of what is new.
I will post again before I get to Italy....but until then....ciao!