WOW. I cannot believe that I am here. This day was quite an adventure! We met at LAX at 9 and proceeded through security as a group. After our three hour flight to Houston we met up with the rest of our group and boarded the smallest plane I have ever been in (except for the 210, shout out to the Mammoth crew). I sat next to Megan Pratt, one of the awesome girls on this crazy adventure and we had the most amazing conversation! I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such neat people! When we got to the Aeropuerto International de Queretaro and walked down the steps off the plane, it hit me. This is my home for the next four months! What in the world Lord?
Going through immigration was quite possibly the most indimidating thing I've ever had to do in my life. I was the first one on our team to go up to the counter of course, and proceeded to lie to the scary man speaking 1,000 words a second that I was not studying but I was traveling and living with a familia. Apparently if you tell them you are a student they make you apply for a student visa, so we wanted to avoid that if possible!
Then we hopped on a bus and Fernando drove us to the centro, where we were met by our amazing host mothers. And let me just tell you, I have the most energetic Senora of the whole group! Hmm, I wonder why. God knows exactly what I need. She shouted, "Mi HIJA!!!" and hugged me like I was her prodigal daughter who had just come home. What an amazing way to be welcomed into the country! I almost cried because she was so warm and loving. We drove to the house and she showed me around. It is SO incredibly chic! I am quite impressed by Rosa's interior design skills.
I would be lying if I didn't tell you that this is the biggest emotional rollercoaster of a day that I have ever lived, so I'll be honest. When we first got on the plane I felt so incredibly elated and joyful to be embarking on such a life changing adventure. But then about half way into the flight I was overcome with tears. Listening to Songbird and Hosea by Jillian Edwards caused me to reflect on the fact that it truely is me and God for these next four months. I read Hosea on the plane and the passage spoke directly to my heart. It read, "Therefore, I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. . . I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness and you will acknowledge the LORD" Hosea 2:14,19. Over these next four months God is taking me on a journey, to write my love story with Him. I am confident that he has prepared a way for me here in this beautiful city and is beginning to reveal to me exactly what that looks like.
Continue to pray that I would acclimate to the language. I feel extremely rusty in my Spanish and I don't want that to prohibit me from interacting with the amazing people who live here.