Curveball No. 1: Off the Pavement and Airborne

“When God throws a curveball, don’t duck. You just might miss something.” – Will from Extreme Days

One of my favorite lines from the movie, Extreme Days, and very fitting for the latest development in Piggy’s and my road trip. On July 4, I will be driving off the pavement, into the air, across the ocean and onto the ground in Tel Aviv, Israel, for my younger sister’s wedding. Quite a curveball for the road trip and the first of many I’m sure.

I’d love to say that I got an amazing deal on the flights, but with the timing of things, when push came to shove, I had to shove United Airlines my first couple paychecks. Even though I wish my hours of searching would have resulted in better prices, I am so incredibly happy that I bought the tickets and that I will get to be there for my sister’s big day. With my new job, the money I’ve saved thus far for the road trip and my parents taking care of the expenses once I make it to Israel, I had the flexibility and means to go. Without question, family is definitely more important than any dollar amount and any road trip.

The original wedding plan, whatever “plan” actually means, took a serious shift. Once you get older, you start to realize that all plans are loose plans because anything you think you have set in stone ends up being on a stone on the edge of a cliff ready to free fall and break into a million different pieces that go flying in a million different directions. For my family, that stone fell in March of this year when we found out that it was going to be easiest for my sister and her fiance to get married in Israel. The plan had been  for them to have a quaint wedding in one of our favorite parks here in Colorado Springs on June 23; however, with an opportunity opening up for them to begin missionary work abroad, the timing no longer worked with that wedding plan.

Working with the new plan, my parents and I, along with a few of our soon-to-be in-laws, will watch my sister and her fiance take their vows on July 7 on a boat in the sea of Galilee. I sure am glad I didn’t duck out of the way of this curveball. I will definitely fill you in on all the details when I get there. Who knows, I may even stumble upon some deals in Israel. I mean other than the best deal of being there: getting to see my sister marry the love of her life. That’s priceless. If you’d like to find out a little more about how they met and/or if you are interested in supporting them as they begin serving as missionaries at a school in Prague, click here.

So, what does all this mean for Piggy’s and my epic, near 21,000-mile, budget-conscious road trip? Well, for now it means staying at my parents’ house for a little while longer than originally planned. I have to do some more saving to make up for the hefty plane ticket price. Piggy and I are still planning and preparing for the road trip; that much has not changed, just the timing of it.

All that’s left to say my friends is: “When God throws a curveball, don’t duck. You just might miss something.”



About Mackenzie Foster

I was born in a small town in Texas, but have spent most of my life in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nestled up against the Rockies, I enjoy the crisp mountain air, snow and small-town feel of the Springs. I just graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism in May 2015 at Southern California's Vanguard University. I love to write, hang out with friends and family, travel, hike, camp, go to the beach, watch movies, play volleyball and find good deals!

2 thoughts on “Curveball No. 1: Off the Pavement and Airborne

  1. Christiane Giryes

    Hi Mackenzie! I just wondered if you know the Bolles-family. They lived in Boulder (Colorado). A couple of years ago they moved to Washington, Whidbey Island. I’m married to an Israeli, he comes from the same village like your brother-i-law….many greetings, Christiane

    • Mackenzie Foster

      Hi Christiane! Great hearing from you! Wow, your husband is from the same village?! What a small world! I just got back from Israel a day or so ago. The time change has me a little thrown off still. 🙂 I really enjoyed being in that village with my new brother-in-law’s family, we ate dinner on his family’s roof and I got some amazing pictures of the sunset. It was so beautiful! Do you ever visit your husband’s family there?? I wonder if my brother-in-law would know him! Hmm, I don’t think that I have met the Bolles family, but I am much better with faces than with names, so I could have met them and just not remember their name. That would be really cool! I live in Colorado Springs, which is about an hour and a half south of Boulder, but I have visited and driven through Boulder multiple times. Blessings!

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