7th Day in Aussie Land-Can’t believe it’s been a week!

Journal

7/23/10

Australia Sippy Downs

Hello,

I am currently living in a really nice Apartment, I moved from the first one that I was in because it’s in the party unit and I needed sleep. So, when I moved into the first apartment in Sippy Downs Australia, it was the first night that I came back there was a party in the living room. All the drunk people were talking loudly and making no sense at all. This was all while I was sleepy… I had been Jet lagged and had sat on the loooongest flight in my life ever. Then when I got close to the table someone’s beer fell on my foot and my thong (flip flop) was soaking in sticky liquid. I went to my room and shut the door and heard all the noise happening in my living room so I decided to ask Ilse if they could move the party. And they did! Thank God! But then It was loud outside till about 2am so I ended up staying up anyways! Pretty crazy. I have to admit that I have never dealt with that or have ever been in that type of an atmosphere. Even though it may seem crazy or weird. I just find that people act very immature and stupid when alcohol is in them. Aaron my other roomie at the time (VERY nice guy) doesn’t like how the parties are out of hand as well either. I was online pretty late that night and he popped up on facebook saying, pretty hard to sleep, huh? And such.

Then I finally got tired and went to bed.

THE FLIGHT

The flight was crazy-everything was at the airport. First of all when I was going through security at Fargo and seeing my family wave while I descended through the security-it was odd that they were not coming with me. Didn’t feel right. I went into the sitting area to wait for my plane almost feeling like I totally didn’t believe this was for real.

In Minneapolis I ended up having a 2 hour layover, which was kinda crazy! I found a girl that I met on facebook in the airport. She was really nice. I am soooo thankful that I met someone else who was going to the USC, so that I didn’t have to travel alone! Thank You God!

LAX- We got to LAX and only had an hour and a half to make it to the other teminal to our international flight. It was CRAZY…Although, we saw this matience man and he showed us to the quanta’s terminal. Thank goodness.

Plane: Let’s see, there are probably no better words than this to describe how a 12-hour flight feels (almost unexplainable.) It was very hard. I ended up having to get up almost every 15 to 20 minutes to use the bathroom. I felt like my stomach was going to give way. And then It was hard to sleep with others sooooo close to you. The food was amazingly good though. I am amazed.

When I finally got off the plane we went through customs and I got my bags and soon went through a area were 2 dogs smelled my luggage and out a door to find my Aussie friend, Amy waiting for me with many other people. She took me to her car and then drove me around Brisbane to see the city. We got out and went on the City Cat which is the Ferry that goes up and down the Brisbane river. It was a neat thing to see. Then we ran some errands and headed to the Coast. We went through Caloundra and we got out to take pictures. We also went through Mooloolaba. Then as a total God thing-I stepped out of the Amy’s car and  Stephanie (a girl from Louisiana who I had been in touch with on fb and who also was a part of Chi Alpha at her campus too!)  She was getting out of her car and said, “Devin???”

Who would have ever known that God would aid me in this very way. Have people there for me every step of the way!! I am sooo thankful!

And then when I checked in another facebook friend walked in and was like, “Devin?? From facebook??” and I was like, yeah!! It was my friend Lindsey!

I am sooo thankful God has been moving and helping me along the way, every moment, hour, and second so that I learn new things everday!

It’s so crazy to think I have soooo much more to share with ya! I will write again VERY soon!!! I must get ready for a friend’s going away BBQ! I am going to miss Stephanie-Such a God Blessing she was and is!

11 hours to take off*Pre-Aussie Girl not tired sippin’ on some chocolate milk. Last night in America!

I can’t believe it!! I am going to be leaving in 11 hours! Makes me think I should get some sleep! I am sooo happy I don’t have 2 days… I understand know where Friday goes? It leaves, so I get to Aussie sooner! lol… I am just overly pumped and excited! To meet everyone and to see the beauty of Australia! God is soooo Good!

A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?”-Proverbs 20:24

That is totally me… I don’t know exactly what my own way is… I only know that the Lord has a plan and I have to follow it. I remember being so nervous and not really sure that I wanted to go to the other side of the planet! But, now I am not afraid! I am really excited and feel totally blessed! I will majorly miss my family and friends back here! But, I will be back and I will also meet many amazing people who will influence my life in amazing ways! :)

As Bernie Mac would talk to his audience as “Hey America” I will also “Hey, America…Keep it real!” I am praying for you all and God will keep ya in the palm of his hands just as he watches all of us! “He’s got the WHOLE WORLD in HIS HANDS!” So nice to know that awesome promise!” It is soooo true!

Well, my loves, I must get ready for bed! Excitement is on the overload but I am rather tired now! So, Much Love!

Devin <3

39 hours to take off… Pre-Aussie girl in a Tornado watch and in a tornado of packing

Sunset here in Minnesota

Hello Beautiful People,
Our area of Minnesota was in a Tornado Watch today, and we actually still are. :) I can’t complain, as you will know (once ya get to know me) that I love storms! There is just something so relaxing about it. Knowing that God is all powerful and he is keeping you safe no matter what! Up above is the photo of the storms sunset! It was beautiful! And people say there is no God… definitely, there is a God and He is amazing! :)

“The LORD thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.”-Psalm 18:13

It’s a beautiful thing! :)

I can’t believe I only have like 30 some hours in the States still! I am really excited! After finishing some last edits I am going to finish my packing and relax…maybe have some TEA!!!

Well, I shall talk to you all later!

Love & Blessings,

Devin

1 day, 23 hours, 58 minutes and guess… yep, seconds that are still disappearing! Pre-Aussie Girl who is up at 12:02 am (Minnesota time) and 3:02pm Brisbane time.

Hello everyone,

Tomorrow (well, today!) is my official packing day! I will lay out all the suitcases and start my loverly pilgrimage of packaging. :P lol… I should totally write a poem about that! haha… I was in Fargo earlier today and made a list and that is when it really hit me. I am going to be living in Australia for 5 months. It’s amazingly crazy and I can’t wait! Nervous, yes… a tad! But, it will all be good! It will go by very fast! I am sooo blessed that God has already set people in line for me. As in He has already given me friends that are going and also small things like a friend who actually lives in Brisbane who is going to come pick me up at the airport. Then also a girl (the one who I got together with for lunch) who left a bunch of stuff over there in Australia for me, until I get there.

I am really excited, but tomorrow is going to come fast… Well, It has already come! Ohh, and I leave for Australia on the 15th, and on my countdown it shows I have one day left. I don’t count today or the day that I leave= 1 day left. Then when tomorrow ends I will have to say I have a 1/2 day left… haha… since I will be totally missing Friday. To tell ya the truth, I still don’t understand the international dateline! *Devin scratches her head* ah, oh well… I will get a whole day back when I return… (groundhogs day… just thought about that movie!)

But, I updated this wordpress a bit more, I added a page about me and also one on England, when I was there.

Be totally blessed,

Devin Berglund

2 days, 23 hours, 13 minutes, and vanishing seconds…Pre-Aussie Girl who is still up at 1 AM…

So, It is 1AM and I have no idea what to do… Yes, I should got to bed. But, I don’t want to, so what do I do instead. What other? Than write?
I have so much to do in the coming days it’s like so hard to believe. I have to pack my whole life into 2 suitcases and a carry on. Sounds difficult. It’s because it is… I will document it when I start. Which should be tomorrow! I am going to meet a girl who went to USC this last semester tomorrow for lunch! Then we will talk about Aussie and I think it would be really cool to see the next Twilight movie. Then come back home and START the HUGE progress called packing…

Well, I should go to bed.

Much Love in Christ,

Devin Lillian Berglund

3 days, 23 hours, 48 minutes, and fleeting seconds…Pre-Aussie Girl!-Craving Strawberry Tea from England.

So, as you can see from the title of this blog entry… I am craving something that I can’t have because I am not in England. It’s crazy because the more I see in the world…I have a feeling that I will continue to like things… but when I am not there-I will crave them and not be able to have them. Like for Jamaica (I looove their Orange pop there-Bigga!) and Canada (looove their Ketchup Chips!) and England(I looove their tea, crumpets, chips and vinegar, their pop Lilt). I wonder what I will like in Australia? Probably will not like Vegemite.

I can’t believe that I only have 3 days left in America. My country. Where I was born, where I grew up, and where I have lived for 22 years! It just drives me crazy that I will be abroad for 5 months. It doesn’t seem real! Me on my own. With this huge world.

Yesterday, I had a bon-fire at my house. A bunch of awesome friends came and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows with my family and I. It was an awesome time full of blessings! Totally enjoyed it!

Today I finished the final EDITS for my magazine! I am so happy to have said that. My Dad is going to do a last, look over them tomorrow and if anything else should be changed-I will do that right before sending it into the printer. I can’t wait to hold the book in my hands! Had been wishing to get it sent in like 2 months ago… but that didn’t happen…sometimes things don’t happen how you wish they would in life. BUT… It will be a good thing for sure!

I still haven’t finished packing. I have a small suitcase that I set aside and have thrown small little things into so that I won’t forget them! But I still need to update my Ipod (get my brother’s music downloaded), and also need to finish picking out clothes to pack, and grab some errands in Fargo next time as well! Craziness!

It’s just amazing! God has been showing me so much lately! He has taught me a lot about not being afraid. One day I was reading in His word in 2 Samuel 22 and I failed to realize that David was being quoted in this chapter… I later found out when I was at the Dead Sea Scrolls, where the translation of a Chapter in Psalms was- I read what the translation said and it was really familiar. Then I searched in my Bible to find where it was in Psalm! It was Psalm 18…. Ahhh… MAZING! here it is (I added the bold- so you would know what the verses were and the writing in Italics are my thoughts and how these words helped me a lot!)

1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. (first of all- this is sooo amazing to know- HE IS OUR STRENGTH! For my trip to Aussie I will need to draw all my strength from the Lord.)
2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. (This is amazing too… things will change around you but you need to hold onto the unchanging rock… Jesus. I am amazed at how many times He has completely surprised me this whole time while getting ready to study abroad!)
He is my shield and the horn [a] of my salvation, my stronghold.
3
I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I am saved from my enemies.
(no matter what, there will be people in Life that will not like you. I always had dealt with fear of what people think of me… because I am a social butterfly and want to please people {Kinda like Peter in the Bible} but I had found that from that can come no strength or help. God will save you from your enemies.)
4
The cords of death entangled me; (Things happen in life where death is a second away.)

the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. (and also times when destructing things overwhelm us.)
5
The cords of the grave [b] coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.

6
In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
(no matter what situation, He is THERE, He is HERE, HE IS… {Just like in the old testament when He said to Moses “I AM”} He is! and He will hear your voice and rescue you!)
my cry came before him, into his ears.

I shall sign off as a vagabond girl…this is my blog! I hope you enjoy the journey! Buckle your belts, because God has something WAY HUGE and AWESOME in store… because He is… He is God!!

Love ya all!

Devin Berglund! (sry for the Loooong blog entry…it’s been awhile since I just let it out!)

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