I was so excited to see Mr. Botkin, Coach Jean Willi, Coach Heishman, Dottie Cook and the Jacobs family. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to come and see me. Made me smile from ear to ear. All of you have invested so much in me and I am grateful. You have each helped to shape me into the person I am today.
For those who could not attend, I posted the presentation and powerpoint on my webpage. It is under Professional Handouts (link across the top or under the more tab) and then scroll down to see the 1st set of handouts highlighted in green. Here is the link. cindyferek.weebly.com/professional-info--handouts.html It is not the same as being there, but will give the info to those who are out of town.
Tony and I enjoyed the day together and cut firewood with his friend Steve. We started to tackle that enormous tree that came down last month. It is challenging and laying on the side of a rather steep hill.
I woke up to a text coming thru my phone at 6:20 am yesterday and it was from Joel, one of my flying students who passed his instrument checkride in the fall. His text said, " You're the craziest one woman show on the face of the planet". Joel said a fella came into his office (which happens to be a truck dealership located in my parents old 7-11 store which I think is a neat connection) and he said to pass that on to Cindy.
I sent a text back to Joel and said "You must have met Ray Heatwole!" Joel said he was singing my praises. I told Joel how much I love Ray, how much respect I have for the man who was my department chair at Turner Ashby and taught me so much through the years. Ray always said that phrase to me whenever I would see him each day at school and I would always give him a HUGE hug! I sent Ray a text yesterday and we chatted for a bit and enjoyed the connection we made through Joel. I asked Joel how they got to talking about me and he said he heard Ray talking with one of his salesmen and he was a baseball coach at TA and put 2 and 2 together. Thank you Lord for those sweet surprises that you mix into our lives if we are willing to see them.
My devotion today is Philippians 4:6-8 and I think it is applicable as I try to keep my mind and body focused on the goal while I am at home.
Verses 4:6-8 Don't worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Pray that I can continue to be disciplined with my time. I get up and read my Bible, study, workout and spend time with Tony when he is home. It would be very easy to squander my time, but I am thankful for the mental focus I have been able to sustain. I spend less time pouring over the material to learn it in depth and now I can just refresh the material that I have learned. I am currently working through a 60 page systems study guide that Bruce gave me several months ago. I am now ready to go through it and have been doing surprisingly well. Reminds me of how far I have come and how hard I have worked!
Thanks for your prayers and support as I await the call to return to training. I don't know how long I will be home, but I started waking up at 2 am again and flying approaches in my head so it will probably be soon. That has happened each time before I head back. I get about a week off and then my brain kicks back into gear in the middle of the night. Thankfully I usually fall asleep again around 4 am.
Joey and his family came over last night and I filled out his IACRA (a government form that is not user friendly at all) for his drone pilot certificate. Told him to complete the online course and I would endorse him while I was home. Tony and I also met some friends for dinner in Bridgewater so it was a busy day.
Time to get study and then get ready for church. We are going bowling with some friends after church so that should be fun and something we have not done for years!