As we get ready to go back to the States for a visit, many have asked us if we are happy and excited to go “home”. I am happy to be able to see family and friends we haven’t seen in two years and seven months! But for us it is a visit, we are home and the thought of leaving home for six weeks has brought tremendous stress and anxiety for me. You think about leaving your home for six weeks and you will understand. I pray that those we are coming to visit can be patient and understand that just as we had to get used to the culture here, it will be in reverse when we go back. We have learned a new way of life, have different routines here. Life is much slower here than in America and living in a third world country is so different.. There is a different president since we left and as we can watch from afar, we see so many changes in America. So yes, I’m excited but also anxious! The first part will be the hardest, happy to see loved ones but feeling overwhelmed and bombarded – dealing with jet lag (we will travel close to thirty hours) and time change. There is a seven to eight hour difference so getting used to it at first will be hard. And then we will have to do it all again when we get back! This is our time of the year to have a break and relax and all of the visiting with family and friends will be joyful but tiring so I pray everyone will understand that the last part of our trip will just be for us three. To have quiet and rest and be refreshed and ready to come back with a new outlook and strength.
Pray for us as we prepare to travel, I have had a four page checklist for the past two weeks and it has been a little hectic. Pray for us to be able to enjoy everyone and take in every minute. To have patience and understanding for those who have never been where we are. To show the love of Christ everywhere we go. That God will calm our greatest concern – getting back here! Pray for God’s protection over our home, our little farm and all of our friends and workers. All of our animals – from the bulls to the tortoise! The time is near – I’m not supposed to give out the dates but those in the know – you know! See you soon!