Day 3- Arrived to San Diego
I love being able to share specific instances in my life that God completely moved. Right in front of us. Normally, I look back and see God’s hand, but the more I grow in Christ, the more aware I am of Him moving in front of me. More on that later. I’ll just say, we have a roof!
Day 3 was by far my favorite day. Through out this trip, we witnessed so many of God’s creation. We drove through Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. It was when we got to Arizona that my mind was blown. The dessert…the cactus…the sand dunes….the MOUNTAINS. Oh my gosh, the mountains. I can’t put into words how beautiful and BIG the mountains were between Casa Grande and San Diego. I feel like the pictures (Iphone at that) do not completely capture the beauty and mass of those mountains.
Nick drove the whole time this day. I think he knew I’d be breaking my neck to see the sights. I really did. I could not take a break from saying, “Oh look at that!” “What’s that mountain called”. What kind of plant is that??” “ What kind of animals live here?”. Yep, I was like a 5 year old. We will probably look back and laugh at how I drove him crazy on that drive across the country.
At one point, we drove through the mountains and at a high point there was a place that had a small tower you could look out over the mountain side. I totally made him stop so I could snap some pictures. It was georgeuos. We were a little weirded out by the UFO scene set up nearby. Like Nick rolled up the window right after I got the pictures I wanted. You wouldn’t believe me if I just told you about this. It was definitely creepy, but in a funny, keep the truck rolling, kind of way.
We rode on through and headed toward our final destination… San Diego!
I started this trip out with a small cold. By the time we made it through the mountains, I just knew I had an ear infection. Thank you, God, for Tricare Prime! I called them up Monday and was seen at the Minute Clinic at CVS that day! I feel ten time better already.
The drive into California on 8 is absolutely breathtaking. If you are moving here from somewhere 2,000 miles away and aren’t quite sure how you feel about it….take this interstate. It will ease your mind and remind you that you are about to live in one of the prettiest parts in the country. You have huge mountains 20 minutes away from the beach! Just take your pick that day.
We pulled into San Diego, and I will admit. Mild panic attack. IT”S SO BIG. Everything is SO CLOSE TOGETHER. There are SO MANY PEOPLE. And I’m southern. Like real southern. I have some adjusting to do. We found the Navy Gateway Inn, had dinner in Coronado, and went to bed. Oh and also, No air conditioning. But I didn’t get hot. I’m telling you, my mind is being blown.
So, that was day 3 of traveling. Another set of tears came along, but I imagine there will be even more in the future. Change is uncomfortable. We don’t like it. Selfishness sneaks its way out at certain moments in the day. But I’m just trying to take advantage of the time we have with each other and in California.. I can always catch a plane back to Mississippi if I need a little southern comfort for a few days. Especially when Nick is deployed. But I am here and I am going to be present in this season. I just can’t wait to show you our roof. And I literally mean our roof. Just you wait!
I caught an earlier flight back home and am just now feeling rested from my short trip. Now it is time to prepare for the real move and get in family time as much as possible! New things ahead. They are bigger than I ever imagined!