In the words of the great Frank Sinatra, "Start spreading the news, I am leaving today" Well, actually tonight, as my flight will leave at 9:10pm! I wanted to write a blog before I left, mainly to express my appreciation of my friends and family and how blessed I am to have them all in my life.
As this day has drawn near, everything I have been doing has become extra special and the times I have been spending with friends and family have been treasured a little more than normal because I know I won't be seeing them again until the middle of May.
After Bridge (our youth group) on Friday, I was blindfolded and brought to the Torres house. Upon arrival, they took off my blindfold and "Surprise" a room packed with so many loving people that are all special to me in my heart. As they sat me down on the "hot seat," I was overwhelmed with all the kind, loving words, and great stories that were shared. (I may or may not have cried a little) I had forgotten about some of the stories that were mentioned but was pleasantly reminded of those special times. I looked around and realized how many wonderful people God has placed in my life. I didn't feel deserving to have all these friends show up to a party just for me.
But those were only some of them. Within the past two weeks, I have been getting together with different friends to hang out one last time before I leave. I got to hang out with my friend Luis from FDU, where we went on a photo hike in the woods. After, we saw a truck stuck in the mud in the parking lot. We helped push the truck out, getting super muddy, but oddly enough, enjoying it. And after, going out to Chili's with him, my sister, and Erick. What a fun day.
I was able to get coffee with Joao, and talk about and pray for my upcoming trip. I was able to play in one last worship night at church with my fellow worship band members. I was able to record a cover to "Dirty Paws" with some of my incredibly musically talented friends. I was able to hang out with my friend Phil, from FDU and play rock band at his house. I was able to get Chick-fil-a with Marc, as he treated me to lunch. I was able to go to Applebee's with many friends after a worship night. I was able to attend a small prayer night with Josh, Luciano, and Mariano, and they prayed for me and my upcoming trip. I have been able to spend time with my Asian brother Ian! ;) Thanks for the pen, dude! I was snowed in with my family for 3 days and was able to spend devotions together, and shovel 27 inches of snow together! And after the storm, a bunch of us went sledding/snowboarding at a nearby golf course hill. That was quite the adventure. And of course building that awesome igloo with a fire inside of it was fun!
And just last night, spending some good time with Brian. I was able to talk with both of my Uncles, and Grandparents, all wishing me safe travels. And the list goes on.
I am also thankful for the people who have given me money toward my trip when I didn't even ask for it! I feel so undeserving but am very grateful.
All that has happened within the past two weeks. I'm sorry if I missed anyone, but all I'm saying is that I am so thankful for ALL of these people. I'm not trying to brag and make my life sound perfect, I am just saying that I am truly blessed.
I will be arriving in London England at 9 am UK time, so about 4 am EST.
Feel free to text me, as I will still be able to receive texts just the same as if I were here in the US. Follow my adventures on Sapchat! @joshquash. Also, be sure to subscribe to my blog posts through e-mail!
I'll try to post again after I settle in at the mansion.