Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Now It's Time To Say Goodbye

You may be wondering why the title states the words time and goodbye together ... and I'm sure most of you already know ... but for those who don't don't panic ... I will explain all in a tiny tiny bit!  Just keep reading!

But to start, mom and Kristin were suppose to come out this past weekend but due to the lame bipolarness of flying they were not able to make it out.  Strangely enough I was able to make it home ... so on Friday morning I packed up and took a flight out to wonderful Dallas!  Kristin and mom picked me up from the airport and we ran around doing stuff for a bit.  Then Kristin and I went to Walmart to get stuff for our boys.  Once again Noah didn't know I was in town, so I bought 3 roses and some Disney princess valentines.  Then Kristin wrote on each note some clues.  I drove out to Dallas just to find out that Noah had to work until 9 (I got there about 6), but thankfully Bethany was free that night so we went out to Freebirds because I had been craving it practically since I moved.  At about 8:30 Beth took Noah his first rose at his work ... and then we waited.  I left the other one at the place we got together and then that clue led to a waterfall on campus.  When he drove up to the waterfall and began to walk up the hill to it I came from the other side and stood on the next hill with his last rose.  It was a lot of fun seeing him and getting to see his shocked smile again!

The rest of the weekend was full of simply hanging out, church and relaxing!!!  It was a lot of fun, but then yesterday morning I got up super early and took an early flight back out to Orlando.  Around 7 Lauren and I decided to go to Magic Kingdom cause it was open till 11 so we hopped in the car!  We drove to the tunnels cause we didn't want to deal with the monorail crowd at close, but when we got to the bus stop at the parking lot the security guard told us it was a "violation of disney code" to be in the tunnels when you aren't working ... which ps is a bunch of crap because I've done it before and my managers told me I could.  Anywho, so we drove around to the front of the park and finally got in.  We ended up riding the tea cups twice (there was a little 6 year old girl who's family couldn't ride it so we rode it twice with her cause she liked it so much), Peter Pan (where we got to fly!), Big Thunder 3 times and Splash.  Then we got to catch the end of the Spectro Magic parade which was awesome!  We got home around 11:30 and crashed from exhaustion.  

Today I had to be at work at 1.  Work was good but SOOOOO crowded.  I was suppose to get off at 9 but I guess it was more crowded then they expected so they kept the park open an extra hour.  So when my bump-out time came I called a manager asking what was going on and he was like oh yeah you were extended till 10 ... you should have already been told.  Uhhhh yeah I wasn't ... so I just got home not long ago and now I am cooking pizza cause I am STARVING!!!  
But for the title of the blog ... it is true ... Lauren and I are moving back home.  We have both put a lot of though and prayer into it and have both decided it is best for us right now.  Lauren has her personal reasons which you can read on her blog.  As for me it was a mixture of things.  I was honestly EXTREMELY confused about the situation and what I was going to do.  Lauren had told me she was going to be going back home and I was just overwhelmed with confusion.  So I began to pray a lot and my family was praying also, as well as I began to do a bible study on Ecclesiastes.  Basically what it came down to was being here is no longer beneficial.  I know that I was suppose to come down here because seriously God has taught me an insane amount in the past 6 weeks.  But one of the biggest lessons I have learned is how blessed I have been.  I had gotten stuck in a routine that I wasn't satisfied with.  God has provided me with so many blessings in my family and Noah and a wonderful school and the ability to get an education, but because of a bad semester and the boredom of life I failed to see His blessings.  Instead I searched for the next best thing, or as Matt Chandler puts it, I created a new 10 year plan.  I do not at all regret coming to Orlando.  It was been an incredible and amazingly fun experience, plus I would have never realized His true blessings without it.  But half the fun of being here has been getting to know Lauren better and getting to go to the parks with her.  Without her it simply won't be the same here.  Plus if I go home I can get a job where I actually bring home something and I can get caught up in my education so I can graduate on time, aka it is more beneficial.  

I was honestly worried because I was told before I came that if you leave early you will be considered "un-hirable" in the future at Disney, but today my manager pulled me aside and basically told me that I have done a good job and that I should feel free to return anytime.  So that was a huge relief and very refreshing.  So, I will begin the long drive home on Monday and plan to be back home in Dallas a week from today!  I already know I'm going to miss it here, but I'm also very excited to be back home.  I'm for once looking forward to getting a job and taking classes.  And this will now give me the opportunity to work the D-now at Hillside as well as get to go to Pink Impact, a woman's conference I've never gotten to attend because of school.  Just keep me and Lauren in your prayers as we journey home as well as that I can find a wonderful job!!!

Have a magical week!