This past weekend was the Girlfriend Getaway Conference in Atlanta, GA. I first shared about Girlfriend Getaway back in September after the 1st conference was held. Since then, I have "officially" joined the team as the GfG Hospitality Leader.
I love this ministry, and was super excited this weekend to fly to Atlanta with a few other team members. Cindy, the founder of GfG, was referring to us as the "GfG Princess Division" because we were flying down while the rest of the team was driving the 12 hours from PA to Atlanta.
Allow me to introduce you to the "GfG Princess Division":
|From left to right: Hilary (keyboard/vocals), Me, Kim (platform/hostess), Bethany (worship leader)|
|Kim and I on the shuttle from the airport to pick up our rental car.|
Our flight was scheduled to leave Atlanta at 10:50 on Saturday night and arrive at BWI around 12:40am. We were already dreading the late night, but the late flight allowed us to enjoy some shopping and a leisurely dinner at Red Lobster before heading to the airport.
At about 8:45pm we were boarding the shuttle from the rental car station to the airport. We wanted to be at the airport early so we'd have some time to change into comfier clothes and just be settled before boarding. Well, I checked our flight status on my phone and found out our flight was pushed back from 10:50 to 11:40. Ugh! We were bummed, so we settled into the airport for an extra hour of wait time.
As we were sitting in an empty gate next to our flight's gate, Hilary looks up and says "No way! Bill?". Turns out she spotted a man she knows, who is the husband to her principal and a family friend from her parents' church. Bill was scheduled to be on our flight to Baltimore, so he joined us in our waiting area. We didn't realize it at the time, but we would soon be calling Bill our angel!
Soon, I checked our flight status again to find that was now delayed until 11:56pm. Around 11:00 we decided to move down to our actual gate so we wouldn't miss any announcements about our flight. At this point, we'd been in the airport for over 2 hours and were tired, and found just about anything funny. I'm fairly certain that everyone around us was silently praying that they wouldn't have to sit near us on the flight.
Since it is spring break time and a Sunday, making for seriously busy travel, the airline informs us that the earliest flights they can get us on are Monday, possibly even Tuesday. Yikes!! Bill says he is willing to start driving if we want to go get a rental car. At 2:52am we pulled out of the Budget Rent A Car lot in a navy blue minivan and headed for PA! Bill, our angel, drove until 8:00am when we were all actually coherent enough to take the wheel for a little bit. After a pit stop at BWI to trade the rental car for my car, we arrived safely home around 12 hours after our departure. And man...were we tired!