I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again…

Well, not quite yet, but soon !! As of this week, my backpack and I have an official departure date. I will be flying out of Boston on October 2nd, with one stop in Miami, and then straight to Montevideo !! For all those wondering: yes, of course I cried when I found out (certainly tears of joy though).

People keep asking how I feel about it, if I am nervous, or excited. I think the proper emotion I am feeling is “ready”…yes I just decided that ready is an emotion now. I am sure once October 2nd nears, I will be overcome with “young-Kirsten-on-Christmas-morning” (okay, I still wake up at 6 am) excitement and “8-year-old-Kirsten-going-to-sleep-away-camp-for-the-first-time” nerves, but for now, I am ready.

It has been a strange summer filled with a lot of goodbyes, goodbye friends, goodbye house, goodbye Pennsylvania, with certainly more to come. But it has also been an incredibly thought provoking and filled with new knowledge. I spent two weeks at Holy Cross Monastery in New York with my fellow YASCers for missionary orientation back in late June. I was filled to the brim with new information, love and support. I am not only excited to see what God has in store for my adventure, but for the adventures of each YASCer.

I cannot thank each one of you enough for you prayers and support throughout this process, it would not be possible without you !!

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(A photo of the Monks at Holy Cross giving us a blessing)

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Kirst.