Did you know?

Did you know that your airline ticket and passport need to match EXACTLY?

My son and I are booked to go to Spain in June with his Spanish class.

I have been paying on our trips for over a year.

They are finally paid off.

And this morning I went to confirm our flights and found out that the tour company had my “Romeo” married name on my tickets. It was the name that was on my bank account.

THAT WAS NOT THE NAME ON MY PASSPORT.

Fast forward to calling the tour company. They claimed no responsibility and said they would call me back to let me know what could be done.

They called me while Romeo and I were out to lunch. I took the call hurriedly and went outside.

She started the conversation with saying, “I have bad news. Our airline is charging you $989.00 to change your tickets.”

I could barely breathe.

And then I could breathe. It just sounded a lot like this………….

And this………

I was devastated.

The “unfeeling” tour operator did not know what to say or how to react with my unexpected outburst.

She immediately softened and said, “I’m sorry. I know this is awful.”

I said….”No, it’s financially devastating.”

This trip for us was a sacrifice. A time for my son and I to create memories and bond.

When I said the truth…that it was financially devastating, the tour operator went from “protect the company” mode to “help the client” mode.

The options weren’t good with the tour company and then I asked what would happen if I just went ahead and tried to get my passport expedited and my name changed.

She said it was worth a shot and gave me the state departments phone number.

Ok…..fast forward again through tears, prayers and disbelief to the state department saying it would be $185.00 to get my passport expedited and I had a CHANCE of getting my passport in 3 weeks.

WE LEAVE IN 3.5 WEEKS.

I had no choice. It was better than $1,000.00.

We were given a list from the state department of things to gather and were rushing around this afternoon to get them to the post office and overnighted by 4pm. It was like a bad dream. One thing kept triggering the next and slowly the time with my son was falling apart around me. I would lose the trip. Lose the time with my son. Lose the money I had spent OR spend almost $1,000 more.

I went to Walgreens to get a passport photo while Romeo went to the courthouse to get an OFFICIAL copy of our marriage certificate.

It had begun raining and as I was driving into Walgreens, I just said a light prayer of  “Lord, I need a breath. I need something here. Please…..”

That was it.

No lightning.

Nothing special happened……

I went on in Walgreens to get my passport photo made.

As I was rushing by the photo counter with a tear stained face, a well dressed man said, “How fast do you need your passport?”

He had been talking with the Walgreens sales lady and showing her his vacation pictures one by one.

I appreciated his friendliness but I was in a rush and HAD to get to the post office and still meet Romeo.

I said, “Very fast.”

I was paying the Walgreens lady and he said, “Did you know that you can take your info to your local congressman’s office and they can get it done quicker?” He went on to say more but the Walgreens lady was talking, my husband was calling and I thanked him and paid the sales lady.

He turned back to the sales lady and was literally going over every single vacation picture with her. He was friendly but I didn’t have time.

As I was leaving he said…..”Here, take my card. Call me if I can help you.”

I was trying to be polite and took his card not knowing what he would be able to help me with and read his title……

“Certified travel consultant”.

Oh.

The “breath” I asked for.

Sorry about that Lord.

When I read his title I said, “You are what I prayed for.”

He didn’t even act surprised.

I asked him to explain again what he had told me about our congressman.

Fast forward to……

Did you know?

Did you know that if you “google” your local congressman, you will find their website.

On their website there are constituent services offered.

One of those services is help with expedited passports.

You heard me…….

Breathe Rebecca, breathe……………

Fast forward to a less expensive fee for expedited passports and tomorrow it will be sealed with a letter from our local congressman and taken to the state department……through their “channels”.

Guess how long this DISCOUNTED and EXPEDITED passport is going to take?

Remember that I was going to take a chance of getting it in three weeks sending it off myself.

Now…for less money….I get it back in three days.

No lie.

Life is hard…….. but God is good.

There are all kind of neat “constituent services” offered on our congressman’s website. Even tours in Washington D.C. of their offices etc.

Check yours out but more importantly….

When life feels like it is “taking you under”….. remember Who controls the tide.

I was reminded today AND I almost missed it.

I am so thankful that a gentleman, with a sweet spirit, obeyed the “nudge” to assist me. I hope that I can  be as helpful to someone else in need. I would hope that I wouldn’t hesitate to “listen” to the whisper to maybe be the “breath” someone needs.

What about you?

Ever needed a reminder?

Needed a breath?

Had a travel experience like this?

I would love to know……

Love,

Me

PS. This post will be placed in my “because it is true” posts. You can find that series of posts underneath the “labels” to the right of this page. If you are new to this blog, please check them out. Just keeping it real! : ) Love, Me

0 thoughts on “Did you know?

  • May 23, 2012 at 3:41 am
    Permalink

    Way cool! Love to hear God stories, never get tired of hearing them. Thanks for sharing! God is good all the time!

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 3:41 am
    Permalink

    ugh! you made me cry. I could hardly breathe when I started reading this and was/am devastated that this happened…but “God is good, all of the time!” An answer to prayer most assuredly. Be sure to let us know when you have that passport in hand! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip.

    Heather

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 3:50 am
    Permalink

    What a blessing you received in the answer to your prayer. Have a wonderful trip and make beautiful memories to last a lifetime for both you and your son.

    Kimberly

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 4:17 am
    Permalink

    Isnt tbat just like God. Im thankfully you posted about the ‘ nudge’ and listening to the whisper of God. I will be doing a devotional at a ladies fellowship on the “Whispers of God” Psalms 46:10 Been keeping my eyes and ears open and heart in tune for little tid bits.

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 4:17 am
    Permalink

    Isnt tbat just like God. Im thankfully you posted about the ‘ nudge’ and listening to the whisper of God. I will be doing a devotional at a ladies fellowship on the “Whispers of God” Psalms 46:10 Been keeping my eyes and ears open and heart in tune for little tid bits.

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 4:34 am
    Permalink

    OH… I am so glad for you… & I needed to read this, (needed a reminder on how God surprises us with His goodness)
    We have had many passport nightmares at our house & all worked out OK..including driving to Chicago to pick up one last minute.. BUT just last week, DIL’s elderly parents, leaving on a cruise from Baltimore, (live in MI.)
    forgotten passports, late the night before they were to leave… I called Delta Airlines & asked if we could put them on a plane to get them there. (too late at night to overnight by mail or UPS) & it worked.. who knew?? 1st flight out in the morning & they were at the airport by noon….& they got on the boat on time & did not lose the thousands they had paid for the trip.
    Now, you rest easy… sleep tonight & then start to pack for your fabulous trip… we will look forward to seeing all the pics from this trip….

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 4:41 am
    Permalink

    That’s so cool! I’m so glad someone was there to help you and, in turn, you just helped the rest of us. Those of us who did not know about this service, but do now. I hope you and your son have a wonderful trip and make a ton of great memories!

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm
    Permalink

    I am so glad that it worked out for you. Before I read to the end I was going to suggest doing a dead-head to New Orleans. The main passport office is there and they do it while you wait. I’m sure the round trip to NO would have beat 900+ dollars. But, I’m glad that you were able to put your congressman to work!! Have a wonderful trip and make awesome memories.

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm
    Permalink

    I am so glad you got all of that worked out! My daughter is in Spanish Immersion and we will be going to Spain in a few years. I will be paying very close attention to every detail when it’s our turn. Have a wonderful time!

    Jessica

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    Permalink

    AMAZING!!! Aren’t you glad that you prayed the little prayer and our Lord heard??? So glad it all worked out & you will get to have this special time with your Son. Make wonderful memories with him & cherish every single second.

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm
    Permalink

    When I first started reading, I wanted to cry b/c I was so upset for you. Then, when your story went on, I did cry. Tears rolled down my face. Amazing. Isn’t God truly amazing?! Why on earth don’t we ask for help more often? He is so good! I’m so thankful for you and hope you have a wonderful time!
    Melody
    One Chatty Chic

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    Permalink

    Funny sometimes how we pray for God to help, then forget to pay attention for his nudges. I was sooooo feeling for you, and I understand completely how caught up we can get that we forget to pay attention when the Lord helps us out. Makes me wonder how many I missed…..

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm
    Permalink

    I cried. Then read this to my husband and cried some more! God is so faithful! Thank you for sharing this!

    Reply
  • May 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    Permalink

    Neat story – glad I read it all the way through! Ask and ye shall receive 🙂

    Reply
  • May 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    Permalink

    Great breath of air!
    Thank you for the reminder.
    Have a great trip.

    Reply
  • May 27, 2012 at 4:19 am
    Permalink

    Awesome story! God is so good and I wonder how mamy times I was in too big of a hurry to listen. Thanks for posting this.

    Reply
  • May 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    Permalink

    So wonderful to hear a “God is in control” story. It is a good reminder for us all. And I am so glad that your trip was not ruined.

    ♥charlotte

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

four + 1 =