leavin'… on a jet plane

I’m all about the original blog post titles, eh?

So, depending on when you’re reading this, I just may be in the air (I leave at 5:30a.m. EST). Flying is exciting to me. Probably because I haven’t done a whole lot of it in my life.

1988 = Salt Lake City, Utah with my friend Rebecca and her family (10 days).

1997 = Okinawa, Japan with my friend Rachel (3 months).

(Side note here, indirectly related to my time on Okinawa. This post says so perspicuously what has been burbling in my heart of late.)

2000 = New York City with Gabe (3 days).

2001 = Daytona Beach, FL with Gabe, baby Livi, my mom, Gabe’s mom (1 week).

2003 = South Dakota with Gabe, Livi, and Ava (10 days).

2009  = New York City with Gabe, Livi, Ava and Nina (2 days).

Notice I’ve never flown alone. I’m feeling adventurous (and a wee bit apprehensive).

2010 = Houston, Texas with myself. (4 days)

So, tell me: are you a frequent flyer? An I’ll-stay-on-the-ground-thanks kind of guy/gal? A world traveler? Where’s the coolest (or lamest) place you’ve been?

p.s. Please pray for my girlies. Last night was very, very, VERY tearful. I feel so loved but achy too. Thanks!

26 thoughts on “leavin'… on a jet plane

  1. Jamie

    Oh how I LOVE to travel! The 1st time I ever flew in a airplane I flew ALL by myself to California in the 9th grade to visit a friend I met at DC/LA ’91. I was quite nervous but the Lord placed a sweet old lady to sit next to me and talk to me which calmed me down quite a bit! 🙂

    Best airport: Copenhagen, and I don’t just say that because I love Denmark….I’ve been to quite a few and Copenhagen is really nice.

    Worst airport: Toss up between Bamako, Africa and O’hara. I HATE flying into O’hara.

  2. whimzie

    I love to fly. Since we’ve lived here and there and everywhere, I’ve done a fair amount.

    My most exciting place to fly was South Africa. I left part of my heart there.

  3. Lindsey

    I used to travel a good bit through the air for my job. My current job doesn’t require as much air travel, but I still love it.

    Trips to visit friends happen frequently for me..and I usually fly to see them. Love love love to fly! It’s really not bad if you don’t have to check a bag…and since I’m a packing pro, I can pretty much handle that every time!

  4. Denise

    I have a love/hate relationship with flying. I love it when I am actually on the plane, hate it up until maybe 10 minutes into the flight. I sit there, gripping the seat as we take off, I do my “I’m anxious” knee bob and feel nauseous. Then we take off….and then, I fall asleep. Then I get anxious landing…

    The first time I was on an airplane was when I went to Cancun Mexico for a Spanish Club trip the summer I graduated. I bawled…I think I might have hurled. (2001)

    Then I didn’t fly again until 2004. I hated it. I lost my luggage…over packed, ect. It was just no one.

    Last time I flew I was preggo with Parker and I flew to Chicago…can I tell you how much I hate O’Hare. They were so rude to me. And my flight was late and yadda yadda.

    I prefer to drive.

  5. Omom

    Not much of a frequent flyer. And I have to say Disney was the best place I’ve flown to. Apparently I flew to South America when I was 1, but I don’t remember a thing about it!

  6. Bethy

    I prefer to stay on the ground. I prefer traveling in my car (as long as I’m not the one driving) because I can bring whatever and however much I want! I also like being able to stop whenever I want and stop somewhere really cheap instead of paying for ridiculously priced airport food. Flying does come in handy though and I’m glad we have the option. I’ve flown to Miami 3x to visit Kelly, Dominican Republic (our honeymoon), California (youth conference) Trinidad and Nicaragua (missions trips). I think that’s it.

  7. Sarah Montanye

    I love to fly….my hubby not so much. So we drive most places now. I must say the coolest place I’ve flown was on O’ahu, Hawaii. I worked there for 2 summers and I decided to be adventurous and sky dive over the pacific ocean. Flying takes on a whole new perspective when you’re hanging out of the side of an airplane at however many thousand feet in the air. It was amazing 🙂

  8. Molly Piper

    I didn’t take my first flight until I was a senior in high school. Since then I’ve flown a lot, but it was totally outside my realm of normal for most of my life. Flying alone… enjoy the (relative) silence. 🙂

  9. Nichole

    I’ve become a frequent flyer, given the fact that we live on an island and the only ways to get off the rock are by boat or plane. I still get pretty nervous when we’re flying, and it’s in those times that hubby reminds me of the actual number of deaths related to airplane crashes vs car accidents. He reminds me every time we fly, in fact, and somehow, I’m still not comforted 🙂
    Have a great time! Praying for you and your girls!

  10. Ali

    I used to love flying. Now, I’d much rather drive (if time allows). The older I get, the more I am affected by motion sickness.

    Not to mention, I love the adventure that comes with a road trip!

  11. Kaidy&Kroix's Mom

    Prayers for safe travel and a wonderful trip once you hit the ground! I sat and read your blog entries for almost 3 hrs last night!! It was fun and so uplifting! I didn’t remember you guys picking up on our monitor! So funny! Hope you have a great trip!! 😉 Look forward to hearing all about the girls adventures while you were gone;)) Enjoy

  12. amber

    OOHH…I’m a flyer. All over the place. Put me on a plane and I’m good to go. I, in fact, fuss at the husband all the time for not becoming a pilot. Because it would make me feel a lot better to fly everywhere instead of traveling by car.

    Have a great time on your trip, friend. Praying for your sweeties while you are away.

  13. Elizabeth

    Oh, I LOVE flying alone. I’ve only done it a few times, but it was so nice to be able to read a magazine or close my eyes without thinking about a kid next to me. I hope it goes well and you have a wonderful trip to TX!

  14. Tiffani

    Oh I am so praying for you because I am NOT a flyer.

    I flew a couple of times alone as a child but didn’t really reconcile in my mind that I was 203948029348 feet above ground and seemingly had nothing to lose…

    I flew with my bestie a few years ago to Tampa for a girls overnight trip and I literally was sobbing on the plane I just knew that they thought something awful had happened in my life…

    Then I flew to Buffalo, NY (to go to Niagara Falls with my hubby) and THAT was even harder because BOTH of us were in the air. So, I prayed and prayed and prayed over us…

    Once I’m in the air, I’m usually fine…the anticipation and getting up there is miserable.

    Now, my WHOLE family flew to Norfolk for a wedding and I wasn’t as nervous because we were all together!

    Aren’t you glad you asked this question?! Not being very perspicuous, am I?! 😉

    Can’t wait to hear what you get to do this weekend! Praying over your sweet family, too, while you’re away!

  15. Jen Griffin

    Have a wonderful time away with your friends! I’m sure God will renew and refresh YOU! 🙂

    I used to fly alot more when I traveled and sang. Now I think I’ve flown….2 round trips in 10 years! I enjoy it as well…just get a bit nervous! Coolest place…Russia! I was there for 2 weeks on a missions trip and I LOVED it!

  16. Mary

    another ps…when Sara and I flew out to Dans boot camp graduation she was five months pg and we had a three year old and a one year old with us. They did great!

  17. Stephanie your sister

    I’ve flown to London, Paris, Barcelona, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Florida, Arizona (2001 and 2009), California (L.A. and San Diego), Detroit, D.C., and back and forth between SC and Ohio a few times.

    I absolutely love flying UNLESS it’s a teensy tiny plane and/ or I’m pregnant. Then it’s scary and/ or miserable.

    Coolest place I’ve ever been: London, Paris, or the Bahamas.
    Lamest place: Detroit.

  18. Mary

    My first flight was in a four passanger at age 25. I never jad a chance to fly again til I was 48 and that time it was for a medical mission trip to Mexico. We drove from KS to Oklahoma and then flew into a border town in TX.
    Next flight age 53, to Seattle for our Alaskan cruise. And back. Next Flight age 53 to SC for my sons boot camp graduation. Next flight 54 for two diff flights to visit my grandbabies who had moved to VA and then once more by myself(first solo flight) to A to see them again.

    Compare that to jamie who had her first flight at age 18 to Japan. for a summer mission trip.

    Then she flew twice out to CA with her to be husband and then they flew to honeymoon.
    age 23 and her 5th flight they flew to Europe for a summer study program.(holland to be exact)
    Then to Hawaii for fifth anniversary.
    Big diff between mom and daughter.

  19. Liz

    I’m not a frequent flyer but I would LOVE to be a world treveler. The coolest place I’ve been is Madrid, Spain. Or Cinque Terre, Italy. No! St. Paul de Vence, France. That was beautiful. It KNow it sounds like I am a world traveler but there is so much more I would love to see and do. Like Okinawa, Japan.
    I will praying that your time in Houston (Beth Moore?) will be fun and relaxing and that it will go quickly for your girlies.

  20. katie n

    I haven’t flown a ton, but from 2005-2006, I had a job where I had to fly alone to lots of lame places where my company had other offices – Kansas City, Detroit, Knoxville, Cincinnati. The flight from Cincy to Indy was awesome though. Only like 45 minutes 🙂 No matter how often I did it, I always got nervous though…coolest places I’ve flown – Denver, Boise, and San Jose, Costa Rica!!

  21. Kay

    Ah Marla, I’m right there with you on the tearful goodbyes. I say goodbye to my 16-year-old in a few minutes and it won’t be pretty. Praying for you and still hoping we might meet up???

  22. Holly B.

    Living in Paris, I’ve flown quite a bit. I would have to say the coolest place I’ve ever been is Venice, Italy. It’s so unique–loved it! Praying for you and your girls, friend! Love you!

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