Y’all. I have been waiting to write this post for a long time now. This post will hopefully surprise most of you quite a lot. 🙂
You see on Saturday I jumped in a time machine and flew into the future. No, really, I did.
Remember my amazing, wonderful friend, Sarah, who’s always commenting and who has done a couple of guest posts/interviews recently? Well, quite a while ago she told me: If you can ever come and visit me, make it be a surprise.
And so I endeavored to do that. Several months ago my brother started planning a long awaited trip to Indonesia (this is his second trip, he came here back in 2007 and built houses after the tsunami). With tons of prayer, planning, talking and deciding, we some how worked it out for me to go along with him this time. (This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.) And we decided to keep it a secret from Sarah, which is no small matter.
I kept thinking time and time again “Oh, Sarah has guessed I’m coming, she has to have guessed!” I kept wanting to blog about it, too, but since Sarah reads my blog… Yeah, that wasn’t going to happen. 🙂
The trip here was long, tiring, long, tiring and long. We left our house at Saturday morning at 9:15, March 15. We arrived about 51 hours later, Monday night at around 11 (March 17th). There’s an eleven hour time change, which means we are currently in the future to most of y’all, and we live each of our days when y’all are sleeping. 🙂
Now maybe y’all can understand better why I’ve been saying I’ve been so busy! Not only did I just get back from Florida and Tennessee, but I was also working on moving to our new house and I was getting shots, a passport and packing and getting all ready for coming here… And I was trying to study up for the trip to Europe. (Which we will be leaving for ten days after I get back from this trip.)
In case any of you are wondering if I surprised Sarah, the answer is… Well, read and find out. 🙂 I was thinking the whole time that she had guessed that I was coming. By the time we were in our last plane, I was about convinced. Nevertheless, we worked it out so that I stayed back where they couldn’t see me at the airport until my brother and the other people traveling with us (Sarah’s brother and a friend) had already said hi and everything (they weren’t surprising Sarah). Then I walked up behind Sarah and tapped her shoulder.
By this time, my legs were shaking because I had been anticipating it for so long. Sarah didn’t even turn around. So, I tapped her shoulder again. And she turned around and just looked at me. (See the first picture.) And she just looked. And just looked. (Really, it wasn’t that long, but it felt like it was a long time.) By now I was sure she had figured out I was coming and didn’t know how to tell me that it wasn’t a surprise.
And then she started freaking out. I totally caught her off guard. It was 100% amazing. Somehow we had managed to pull of the surprise so well that the idea of me coming hadn’t even crossed her mind. And we gave each other a nice, big hug. Both of us were shaking by then. 😉
After that, we stood there laughing together, neither one of us quite knowing what to think. I was just so very happy and surprised that it was actually a surprise and she was just very happy and… Surprised. 🙂
And that, y’all, is my surprise. So here I am, over in Indonesia for a month. Posting might be a little sparse for the next couple of weeks, but I sure hope it’s not too bad. I have so much to share with y’all about this trip! I’ve only been here for two days, but I’ve already gotten to experience so very much. 🙂
I hope y’all are having a great day, and have fun living back in the past. 😉
*Thanks to Hosanna for the pictures. I’m so thrilled you got them!*