Well, I am leaving for Peru tomorrow. While the past week since I graduated has been very busy, and I’m excitedly nervous for the start of my trip, I couldn’t have planned a better final weekend in Atlanta if I had tried. I spent all day on Friday at an event called LeaderCast – basically a one day leadership conference that was much akin to drinking out of a fire hydrant for 6 hours straight. Speakers along the lines of Andy Stanley, Laura Bush, and Malcolm Gladwell came and gave us their wisdom and insight into what it means to be an effective leader. Then, in the evening, Michael and I made dinner for us and 2 other friends of his. Although I didn’t really know them that well, it was still a very nice and relaxing evening chatting and getting to know each other better.
Saturday was spent at the Renaissance Festival, my annual tradition ever since I started college. Although the forecast was threatening thunderstorms all day, hardly a drop actually fell. It was simply nice and cool all day long, and the threat of rain had scared away much of the crowds, making it even better. We watched incredible acrobats, and pottery and glass-blowing demonstrations, and meandered through the vendors’ booths, and of course took lots of pictures. I just felt so blessed to be surrounded by so many people who love me so much.
That evening, after we got back, Michael and I got all dressed up and headed over to Chris and Julia’s. Julia was having an “Old Hollywood” themed birthday party that night. So the guys were all decked out in their suits, and the ladies were well represented in sparkly, shiny, or old-style flapper dresses. It was really a lovely night. Julia outdid herself with all of the planning and little details, and I was super grateful for the opportunity to see her and get to meet and talk with some of her and Chris’ friends.
The weekend was rounded out with a grand mother’s day celebration. My whole family drove up from Albany early on Sunday morning, and got to my church just as the service was starting. So I got to go to church with my family on Mother’s Day, something I haven’t been able to do in many years. Afterwards, we all drove to a park in south Atlanta to meet the families of several degrees of in-laws. We all brought some food to share, and had a grand picnic lunch. Actually, grand is probably not the correct word. It was really quite simple and unassuming; but the people that I got to share it with were what made it grand.
Today (Monday) has been nuts, with me running around trying to get last-minute things for Peru. Fortunately, though, because of wonderful friends who have pitched in and helped out with what they could, I was also able to go to Elizabeth’s graduation ceremony from Emory nursing school. Graduating with honors, and already has the job of her dreams lined up – so proud of that girl!!
And there it is. I suppose that’s all for now, folks. I leave tomorrow morning at 11:00 am. I’ll do my best to give updates as regularly as I can, but as I don’t even know where I’ll be staying from night to night, I have no idea how regularly I’ll have access to internet. As I’m reflecting over the last few years in Atlanta, I’m realizing more and more that life – all of it – is a grand adventure. You don’t have to go to another country for weeks on end with no plan to have an adventure. You can have one every day of your life, if you choose to find it. But nevertheless, I’m excited to be going on my next big adventure! Leaving in less than 24 hours!! 🙂