Movin', Flyin', & Zippin' ...Oh My!

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It All Begins with a Sudden Move

My daughter calls me around January 15th. "Mom, you should practice packing your bags for the trip, because you'll want to take as little as possible. You need to only bring the absolute essentials and leave the rest." So I took her advise.

Then on January 20th I received an email telling my husband and I that we must vacate the rental property that we are living in by February 29th, because the owner of the house is selling the house.

My initial thought was, WHAT!?!?! This is terrible timing!  I am leaving for Peru in 12 days, and I will not be back until February 17th. Oh my gosh! This is craziness. "I felt I needed to find a place before leaving for Peru, because my husband works all day, and doesn't have time to house hunt, pack, and work all day.  Eeek!

I hopped on the phone to verify the email, "Yes ma'am. You must vacate." I hung up the phone with a long pause, a deep breath, and then hopped on Facebook to announce that I needed help to find a place to move ASAP!  Three hours later I found a house that would work for us. Seriously.  I looked up and praised God for small miracles.

Ok, so this wasn't like a life or death thing. But it certainly put me into panic mode.

Before I knew it I was packing up the house, posting furniture on craigslist, and people were coming to my house to buy our stuff (an upright freezer, queen tempurpedic bed, bunk beds, two armoires, two dressers, a nightstand, treadmill, desk, and more.

Then the rain began to pour. I get a phone call from my sister-in-law. "Mom is back in the hospital." (I sat down in my office staring into space). It was time for my two brothers and I to petition for legal guardianship over our mother. 

So much emotion ran through my veins. Every song on iTunes was pulling out the tears. "What's going on?" Change is not on the horizon -- I'm standing knee deep in it.

I swear I gained about five pounds from all the sudden stress.  It was a testimony to me of how this kind of stress leads to weight gain.  

Flying Out

I'm certain I will be sleeping on the plane quite a bit on the way to Peru. 

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on why my daughter and I are taking this trip now.

One of the things I love about humans is that no matter how often life pushes us off course we have an innate desire to keep on keepin' on. After a rather difficult family trauma back in November, I am headed to Peru with my daughter, Mikhaila. It wasn't something we planned on doing, but it is most certainly what we're about to do.

You see, back before the trauma happened I had already purchased airline tickets to visit Mikhaila in Trujillo, Peru. It wasn't meant to be a touristy type trip. I was just planning to spend a little time with her, because she was going to be busy teaching English, and working as an intern for a shoe manufacturing company, while also filming a documentary of interviews with the workers. But life just threw this big nasty wrench into those plans.

We're still not sure what Mikhaila is going to do in terms of her adventure learning program -- that is still to be determined in time.

In the meantime, I still had my airline tickets to Peru, and decided that I would use them to visit a few touristy places after all -- on my own as part of a group tour with a guide. When Mikhaila found out what I decided to do, she gave it a lot of thought and then decided she wanted to join me. Her college adviser approved her to use part of her adventure learning grant to pay for her adventure back to Peru with me. So we are off an a different sort of adventure than originally expected. We plan to hike Machu Picchu, explore the Sacred Valley via quad and zipline, sleep on a floating island in Puno, and be wowed by the peaks in Arequipa.

Share in the Adventure with Us!

Find out if I actually follow through with the zip line adventure. Just the thought scares the bajeebers out of me! Mikhaila and I are going to attempt to post pictures (and maybe some mini videos) of our adventure on my Facebook Business Page.  If you want to get updates click on this link, 'Like' my page, and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miligirlwellness

We appreciate any and all prayers for safety and an awesome adventurous time. It is my hope that much healing will continue to unfold as well.

Dance, Love, Breathe, and Live like you mean it!  Stretch Your Brave!

Love, Melanie

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