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Sunday, October 24, 2010

November 16th

It's official. I have purchased my airline tickets to New Zealand and will be departing on November 16th! Applying for the visa has been more than stressful, so I'm actually going to wait to apply till I get to NZ.

Why didn't I do this in the first place you might ask? GOOD QUESTION, but had ONE THING actually gone the right way, I would have had my visa in August. I didn't anticipate the problems that would arise so I wasn't in a huge hurry 4 months ago. The difference in applying here or there really isn't much different at all. If I already had my visa before I left then I would just buy a one-way ticket and be done with it. Since I'm waiting till I'm there to apply I had to buy a roundtrip ticket (which was actually a better something DID work out in my favor!) I will be flying out of OKC at 10:58 am where I will then go to LAX and have an exciting 9-hour layover before I commence a 14-hour flight to NZ. Sounds like a long day to me!

As you might have noticed, I've added a paypal link to the upper right portion of my blog for a more convenient method of contribution! No Pressure's just your soul. (I'm kidding, obviously.)

Speaking of fundraising....It's beginning to pick up, and just in time! Prayer really does work!!! I have enough money now for the first year and I hope year-two funds will start to come in soon!

Over this past weekend I got to spend a lot of time with my family. Everyone (except one brother-in-law ) came to Duncan for my family going away party. Considering there are 26 people in my immediate family I would say we did pretty good getting 25 out of 26 in the same place at the same time. I loved getting to spend the time with all my siblings and the kids playing whiffle ball and watching movies! I got a few going away gifts like a cookbook compiled of family recipes but I think the best thing would have to be a ticket to the World Series game 5 from my brother, Ryan.

As much fun as I have with my friends and family, I'm really excited to see what God has in store for me in the beautiful Tauranga, New Zealand!!!

Yep, that is an active volcano in the town where I will be living. I think those are Great Whites swimming around it too......

*disclaimer: It's 12:55 am and I have no intention of proof reading my blog for errors tonight. SORRY!


  1. I'm so glad you had a fun party! That's awesome about the world series ticket... I think I'd be more excited about the cookbook! ha!
    I was so excited when I thought I'd get to see you last week... then sad two minutes later when I found out you weren't able to make it! We miss you and would love to see you even if for a few minutes... if you make it back up here before you leave! Love you!

  2. I think those are sharks too...

  3. I'm stoked about the work you're doing for the glory of God! But un-stoked at the same time, your pickle jar dancing will be missed. Love you!

  4. I am so excited for you and to see what God is going to do through you. I cannot wait to read about all the work you will be doing in New Zealand. :)

  5. Can't wait to come visit you! Oh and yeah those are definitely sharks, we will just skip the swimming part!