I flew out of cold Florida on Tuesday and arrived in an even colder Indiana – and was greeted by the effects of Hurricane Sandy – slightly amusing that the Floridian went north to experience the hurricane. I got off the plane, and my “ride” was to drive a 15 passenger van to the MATS office in Richmond. Guess I’m glad for learning to drive in a van, but I think this was my first experience driving a 15 passenger!
After a test drive I went and checked buttons and doors and looked around (I have no idea what I was looking for under the hood but I looked!). But in doing these checks I discovered the gas door didn’t have a latch so they went to fix it – God’s Providence! They discovered a vibration as they drove and found a sheered axle clip. (it has something to do with the wheels right? 😉 ) That was an overnight fix and when I got the car back I couldn’t open the gas door at all. So some messing around and it was all set. I have a car! What a blessing, and I love the extra’s God has given me although the cold weather limits the use of the moon roof.
So I’ve now been able to drive around and visit friends. I got to see this lovely couple first and catch up. Adopted family is great! I missed them and had fun catching up and laughing.
Then it was off north (umm…most direct path to Florida is south you say? :-)) through Amish country to visit Kendra. I haven’t seen her since we worked in Peru together and it’s been way too long! But I got to meet her husband and also share about language and missions in her school. (Realized too that I probably would not want to be a teacher full-time 🙂 )
Kendra and I also had fun people watching at the coffee shop. Auburn, IN does trick-or-treating where the town plaza played halloween music…I thought I was going crazy at first since it was playing on top of my own! But this kid made the “Best Costume” award:
I finally headed south on Thursday and got to visit with longtime friends-almost family. I hadn’t seen them since before kids and there are now three….I need to find a way to visit more often. It was fun because the boy couldn’t remember my name but decided to call me Lindsey, which is my sister’s name – whom he has never met!
I also got a surprise encounter with a dear friend from Peru. Facebook let me know she was in the same state (normally we’re in California and Florida) and nearby so we met up for lunch. I haven’t seen her in a long time but she was one of the brave souls that made it up to where I lived in Peru – twice!
I’m still in Ohio but haven’t taken a picture of the friends I’m staying with so those stories will have to wait….something about a scare by a “possessed doll” 🙂