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and so it begins…

September 28, 2010

After hundreds of hours of research, purchasing, preparation, and packing-the day is here.

The day started off by our best friend Emily picking us up and taking us to the Nashville Airport. After arriving at LAX, we ate lunch and waited for early check-in. Now that the 35 and 45 lb backpacks are checked-carrying those around LA would have made for an interesting sight- we set out to experience LA (Ashley’s first time).

We are now sitting at a table on a sidewalk in the Grove. Our friend Ellen lived here last year and reccomended that we come here, so here we are.

The last of the thank-you notes are mailed-thanks to the post office in the Grove-and we are ready to bid adieu to the U S of A.

This is kind of crazy isn’t it?!?

Who would have thought a year ago that we would have found each other, marry, and be off to another country? God is SO GOOD! I think it is still going to be sinking in  the next few days as we realize that we are no longer near the people with whom we’ve grown and experienced life with. What a way to begin a new season of life. We get to take a year away, spend time with each other and the Lord, and learn how to be flexible, mobile, and love people unrelentlessly.

I have a sneaking feeling that when we come back we won’t be the same. That we’ll be better. More whole, more healed, and more in love with each other and God. We can’t wait to see the surprises He has in store for us!!

So here’s to life, its adventures and volatileness, and to safe travels!!

More from Middle Earth soon!

-a+j

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Ashley Calvert permalink
    September 29, 2010 4:10 am

    Sooo excited for you guys! God is going to bless others as well as your marriage through this journey! My husband and I are already receiving blessings since stepping out on faith and going to Thailand! Can’t wait to see how the Lord moves through y’all!

  2. September 29, 2010 5:10 am

    AHH!!! have SUCH an incredible time! I love that you are joining me in the land of overseas-ness. although, our experiences will probably be quite different! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear more!

  3. Bobbie Hamilton permalink
    September 29, 2010 7:00 am

    Que vaya con Dios! You’re probably in-flight now, great post! Wow, has technology changed since I traveled overseas!!! love mom

  4. Laura permalink
    September 29, 2010 10:57 am

    I miss you!

  5. September 29, 2010 11:52 am

    I am SO excited for you guys. I love the photos. The Buckman’s will be following your many adventures!

  6. September 29, 2010 1:03 pm

    Chris and I are so excited for you and your new hubby! What great adventures the Lord has in store for you! We are praying for you and Justin daily! Keep sharing what the Lord is showing you!
    Love you!

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