9 days until I leave! I can't believe it is almost here. My funds are raised, my lessons are planned, and well sishes have been coming in! My dad and Tina gave me a wonderful present for my birthday...A "Godspeed Necklace"! When I looked up Godspeed, I found it to mean "an expression of good wishes to a person starting a journey." How appropriate is that!?!? Also, Shawn's best friend is a priest and he blessed it for me (and let me know that now I can never sell it!) On top of that, my pastor from home, along with my mom and Mr. Terry, said a wonderful prayer for me as I prepare to go. I am feeling super empowered for this journey and can't wait for all of the learning and growing that will take place!