This season is different than any other.
There is more beauty, and more pain… so much rejoicing, and yet such sobering thoughts.
Jeremy and I are here on the East Coast of the USA.
Ben is in Taiwan.
The rest of the family– they’re in Inner Mongolia.
I didn’t know that separation would hold this precious dichotomy of joyous pride over each another, and then longing because I think that we’re all homesick for one another.
I’m so proud of my little sisters. Elisabeth, Naomi and Lily are persevering through homeschool in the middle of a desert. They’re doing well. They’re learning, but they are also living; riding horses, organizing and leading English camps (yes they are!), rock-climbing and blossoming into the most beautiful third-culture young-ladies I ever knew. If hearts literally burst with joy I would be dead by now because mine is so full of admiration for these three lovely ladies.
Ben is so successful. The Lord is blessing him extravagantly by answering all of his whispered prayers in very faithful ways. I just skyped him the other day and got to hear some of his amazing stories. He has people all over the country singing, “I’ve Got So Much!” and it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
psst, you can sing along too
Me? Here in Richmond, Virginia? I’m falling in love with this place, these people, and the tangible opportunities to lay my life down and be an ambassador for Christ every single day. I’m an utter failure, but I have such an amazing Heavenly Father that He is making all things new regardless of what I say and do… or don’t say and do.
Last week we went to Charlottesville for Nana’s 75th birthday. What an incredible woman she is! — Jeremy and I had dinner with Nana and Papa last night in celebration of Jeremy’s birthday (which is tomorrow!) and we peppered them with life-questions and soaked up all of the wisdom that they had to share.
My roommate, Abby, and I discovered that we both have a mutual love for the whole wide world… so naturally, we bought a 7′ map to put on our wall. We’re either wanderlust, or were homeschooled and obsessed with cultures. Or both. And then earlier this week I got a care package from some dear friends with a world map shower curtain… friends, it the most wonderful shower curtain I have ever seen. Come brush your teeth and brush up on world geography!
Today is the National Holiday in China, and it’s a week of holidays for the whole country. Because of this, our team in Inner Mongolia is working overtime, making sure that the care the kids in our project get continues to be top-notch and excellent. Please do keep them in your prayers, and ask for strength, endurance, and overflowing joy (because you can never have too much!).
Alrighty — I’m going to get back to my studying right now. I’ll hopefully pop in again here before too long.