As I wait for the pick-up of my airport shuttle, I thought I'd start the practice of journalling on the blog! It has been seven months since my previous trip to India, and seven months since my last blog entry. 

This trip is different for many reasons. It is the first time I've traveled at this time of year.  My first four trips were in the Fall, last time I traveled in June-July and now, I will be traveling in February! The trip last June-July coincided with the beginning of the school year and this trip will greet the end of the school year, which will provide me an opportunity to check in and discover how our plans worked. 

This year, my friend and fellow Board member Amy will be my traveling companion and an extra set of eyes. I hope she will also contribute to this blog.

So, I wait for the shuttle with much anticipation and my bags filled with supplies and gifts. I've packed gifts for our partners, gifts from the sponsors for their students, bookmarks and letters from the children at First United Methodist Church Redondo Beach, and once all those gifts are given... I will have an extra bag to fill up with things to come home. 

So, for now. we are off! See you on the other side!