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End Term week…

(It is way too late for me to go through and link to everything... I will hopefully go back and add links when I get back next week, but for now it is a blogging hiatus for a week)

It is fairly surreal to be really done with the US-2 program. Leaving my friends that I have been so close to for the last 2 years was difficult, but it was ok because we all chose to say see you soon. We’re planning our own reunion, and are thinking about doing it in the great state of New Mexico during Balloon Fiesta in October of 2008. For sure, we will all come together again at some point.

This week has certainly had its ups and downs, all of us dealing with the past 2 years of service sometimes causes serious emotional distress. I got here on Saturday and hung out with Tiffany. We were the first to come in because we couldn’t get here on time on Sunday, so we got to fly in a day early. We went to church on Sunday morning at Origins church, which was a really good experience. You can check out the podcast by checking out Origins website. It is certainly a sermon worth checking out.

Sunday, Sarah had arrived early in the morning and slept while Tiff and I went to church, then Bre was there when we got back so we all went and grabbed lunch at our favorite brunch place, artepasta. Mary walked by and joined us as we finished up and headed back to AMH.

By that point everyone was there, so we went out to dinner and spent the evening hanging out. It is always amazing to me just how easy it is to be with the group. Though we come from different places and different backgrounds, we all mesh so amazingly well.

Monday was our first day to share, and we also did a GBGM podcast. I’ll link to that when it goes up. Monday night, of course we went and sang some karaoke because that is what we do on Monday nights.

Tuesday was more sharing and then we worked at getting to our feelings about the last 2 years. We did that both Tuesday and Wednesday, which was really difficult but ultimately rewarding. Processing 2 years of service in difficult situations certainly was an interesting task, but it was something that needed to happen.

Tuesday night was really cool because it was the Museum Mile Festival. We headed over to the Met, got in for free, wandered around and then met up with our first MIRYAP Barbara for dinner. There were street performers along the mile, and although we only went in the Met (because it is huge and there is some cool stuff there), we had a ton of fun.

Wednesday was good, we talked about our feelings again, but then Wednesday night was also pretty tough because one of our classmates had to leave early. Her husband had a death in the family, so she headed to be with him and to travel back home to Ohio for the funeral. It was hard saying goodbye, and the rest of the week wasn’t quite the same without her.

Thursday we went up to the Church Center at the UN and participated in a seminar called art as social change. We made masks to reflect who we are, we created a song about our experiences, and watched some movies about social issues. We then took a tour of the UN and had the craziest tour guide ever. That night, I met up with my friend John who had moved from Albuquerque to NYC in January. He came out with the rest of the group and we definitely had a great time.

Friday was our day off, so we got up and went in to China town. We did lots of shopping, and saw some crazy things. I got some sub par Boba tea, so I am excited to get back to Albuquerque and get some stuff that is good. The place we picked for me to get some was a really annoying restaurant instead of an actual boba tea place, so I was a little disappointed because they don’t specialize in it.

We headed back and tried to figure out what to do for Bre’s birthday, and decided upon this City party nights cruise that was a 2 hour cruise around Manhattan. We had lots of picture taking opportunities, and went by all of the cool sights of Manhattan. It was a fantastic way for us to end our term together for sure.

This morning we had our closing worship and all took off for the airport. I got to sit in the airport for 3 + hours because we all shared a taxi into LaGuardia and had to come early for some other flights and then I got delayed even further of course. I basically had a rough air travel day today and though I was supposed to get home before 8, walked into my house more like 12:15 am. Now it is a bit of sleep then off to El Paso for the mission trip. It will be a fantastic trip, no doubt, but I certainly am going to have to call on some energy from God to get me through it. Thankfully, once it is over, I have a chance to breathe a bit.
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