Every now and then one of my students needs to do a long cross-country flight as part of their training - one of which has to be 5 hours long. It works out just about perfectly to fly to Memphis, TN. I've made the flight several times, but it's never worked out for me to meet up with Steph, one of my best friends who lives there.
Well, I had a student coming up on the cross-country lesson and got the bright idea that we would do it last Wednesday when Steph was scheduled to have her baby. I wanted to surprise her with my visit, so I contacted Josh, her husband, and got all the info. I needed. As it turned out, we didn't get the airplane and the weather would have prevented us from going anyways. I was really disappointed and sad that it didn't work out 'cause it would have been so much fun and just perfect. I called Steph and admitted what we had been planning and she was surprised, but said it was definitly the thought that counted. What she didn't know was that we had already rescheduled the flight to make another go at it!
After clearing it with Josh, we got it rescheduled for Tuesday. They made the schedule Sunday and we got the airplane!!!! Then, Tuesday came and it was looking a little iffy, but turned out to be good weather! So, my student, his girlfriend, a friend of their's, and I loaded up and headed toward Memphis. We got there a little before 7 and I called Josh to let him know we would be there in about 15 minutes. He told Steph someone from church was coming over. We got to their house and I knocked on the door. Josh opened the door and stood to the side so she could see who it was. The look on her face was priceless!!!! We had succeeded in surprising her!!! It was so good to see her and baby Cadence. We had a really good little visit. Here are a few pics: