Last time, I blogged about the happenings I saw on a plane after I was off the plane. Well, now I’m blogging from my airplane seat 35,000 feet above ground.
On my first flight today, I was sitting close to a very young woman who was on her way to boot camp. She is serving in the army. I actually saw her parents telling her goodbye in the terminal. They seemed really upset. She couldn’t have been over 21 years old. I kept wondering the reason a young woman like that would want to go into military service.
True story, I actually considered going into the National Guard. I have an interest in disaster relief. So, I called the recruiter and asked if there was any way I could enlist, but not attend boot camp. I think he thought I was joking at first, but after I made it pretty clear I was, in fact, serious, he told me no. Bummer. He said I should look into the Peace Corps! Hahaha!
Anyway, back to this woman. As I was wondering what her motives were, I suddenly became acutely aware of my own selfishness. I mean, I don’t know the reason she joined, but she did.
She has to wear her hair in an ugly bun. She can’t wear any make-up. She has to wear ugly uniforms. No cell phone. She can’t get her nails done and she most definitely can’t have a pedicure. She wouldn’t be able to go shopping just for fun on the weekends.
I’m just not someone who would voluntarily give all of that up. I became suddenly so proud of her and the decision that she made. It was probably difficult for her parents, but their daughter is working for all of us. She is putting it all on the line for a country full of people she’s never even met.
She had a little bag she was carrying with her. The bag said “Army Strong.” I thought “that’s right. You are army strong. You are stronger than most people and definitely most women that I know.”
I could tell that she was super nervous. She kept trying to fall asleep, but wasn’t able to. She was holding her little Bible during the entire flight. She had a little journal she kept writing little notes in, and then she would quickly put it away, only to bring it back out a few moments later.
I, of course, told her “thank you for your service.” But, I also told her that I would be praying for her. I think she needs prayers right now, prayers of courage and strength. I will be someone who will do that for her. I mean, she is doing a lot for me.
Today, I’m wearing leggings. I don’t usually wear leggings in public, but I have a long sweater covering the top of my legs. I was looking at my calves today and had the thought that they’re looking pretty good. I received a pair of those Reebok easy tone shoes for Christmas and I think they are working.
Keep in mind, I have also said I have the opposite of anorexia; it could just be my mind playing tricks on me. I should take a picture of myself in these leggings. I would probably burn them after I saw what I really look like in them.
Also, lately, I have been thinking about this health care plan that just passed. I’m not feeling discouraged anymore. Whether abortion is being paid for by our taxes is really not that important to me.
It isn’t about not having tax-payer funded abortions for me, it’s about not having abortion anymore, period. So, for me, I am just going to continue to do what I have been doing. I am not going to let things like laws discourage me.
Our goal is to change hearts and minds, one person at a time, and we will still be doing just that. I hear so many people griping about the abortion deal, but what else are they doing besides griping. Complaining isn’t going to save children’s lives.
I hope this bill encourages other people to get out to the clinics and pray. Maybe they will eventually sidewalk counsel. I just hope people are motivated by this instead of being disheartened.
You know how there’s a law prohibiting smoking on an airplane? Well, let me tell you something, they need to enforce another law… no passing gas or stinking up the bathrooms on planes. There is nothing worse than smelling a recirculated toot on the plane. I mean, you’re not able to escape it.
I find it a little funny that even the first class passengers have to deal with the smell. See, it’s not always perfect to be in first class. They will have to plug up their noses with hot towels.
Today, when we were flying into Dallas, I saw a house that looked big even from 3,000 feet up. I can’t imagine what it looks like on the ground. That type of arrogance is vulgar. I mean, who needs a house with more than 10 bedrooms… well, maybe the Duggars.
Also, having WiFi on the plane makes the trip go by so much faster. I wish this was on all planes!
Shawn and I are speaking in New Jersey together tonight. It’s so much fun for us to speak together. I fly to Canada tomorrow.
Yesterday, I visited Houston for an interview with CBN. After the interview, Claire and I went to pray outside the Fannin location. Oh man, PP was in a tizzy because I was out there. I saw employees coming down and peering out the front door to get a look at me.
Even the COO, Melaney, came down to check it out. It was great. I talked to the PP volunteers a lot. One I knew very well. The others were new to me.
Anyway, as we were leaving I began speaking with one of the female volunteers. I told her I would be praying for her. She, of course, then stated “I will be praying for you, too.” I said I really appreciated it and that I could use it. Anyway, I’m not sure why these words came out of my mouth, but then I said, “I know that many PP volunteers are post-abortive. If that is the case for you, I just want to let you know that we can help provide healing for you.”
Sarah Phillips says
I like the blog, Abby. Great job! You're a great writer and I think you've found your calling!
I am so happy to hear a pro-life advocate that is not discouraged by the health care bill. 40 days for life is not about changing laws…its about changing hearts. (like yours) Washington does not concern me. Before long, society will change and the laws will change to mirror society. Great blog…keep it up!
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