My flights were wonderful yesterday. Both perfectly on time. I actually enjoyed my 12 hour layover in Miami, and God definitely had His hand in every step of the journey, from my Starbucks frustration to making a friend on my flight to Santa Cruz. He also had His hand in what happened when I got there.
Heather was late in picking me up, and I wondered why. When she arrived (actually only about 5 min late), she was...sweatier than usual. She had walked over 2 kilometers through a bloqueo, or road block, that was set up to protest a new customs law. This protest was peaceful, as are almost all of them in Santa Cruz, but it was also LONG.
|Photo by El Deber|
Heather and I left my suitcases at the airport and carried my carry-ons on the long walk back to her car. I finally got home at 10:45 and was in school, teaching, by 11:30.
Back at school, I really did have a special welcome. The guard, secretary, and principal were all involved in a secret alert signal for my arrival at the school. When I walked in my classroom door, my students yelled "Happy Birthday" as I walked in and my substitute had baked cupcakes for all of us! I missed them a lot.
Overall, it's good to be back. I'm exhausted. Pray against bullying and pray for peace in my classroom. Praise God for a safe journey.