As many of you know I had the opportunity to go home for Christmas for about three weeks. I had a wonderful time there! I was able to spend a lot of time with my family and a few close friends. I made sure I had lots of time with my new niece Charley and my nephew Cutler. They are growing up so fast and it is difficult to miss it.
Being home was amazing but it was also very challenging for me. When you are away for a while you can in some ways forget what you are giving up at home. I loved being able to hop in the car at my parent’s house and be at either of my sibling’s houses in ten minutes. I loved being able to enjoy a home cooked meal with my family. I loved hoping in the car and driving to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. I loved meeting friends for a coffee at Starbucks and hearing about what God is doing in their lives! I loved taking Cutler and Charley to the park to play and feed the ducks. These are all pretty simple things but can be the things you miss most when you’re thousands of miles from home.
On January 11th as I went through security to begin my journey back to Congo, waving goodbye to my family, I began to weep. I wept for the days I would be away from my family. I wept thinking of Charley being 13 months old and probably walking the next time I see here. I grieved the loss of time with my family and friends. I think this is all part of the process of what God has called me to in this season.
|Pigs to go with our Three Little Pigs Story|
|Making a tasty snack! I just love this picture!|