In between all of those amazing moments we squeezed in every moment of family time we could. And, we-had-so-much-fun. The beach, NYC, Mystic, Boston, Hanging Rock, and even Disney.
At times I feel like I lived out of a suitcase this year but I'm really ok with that. It seems to make those moments at home even more precious and valuable. I think I cherish those little moments even more. I also have a new sense of what I can live with and what I can live without. One suitcase has done me well on so many occasions- so new perspective has been brought.
Panama, its just becoming one of those special places for us and we will be there again in just a few months. Helping share God's love alongside the awesome missionaries there is important to us. The people of Panama have open hearts to hear God's word, are full of joy in knowing and have a desire to learn and grow. God is working in Panama.
Thailand, one of the most incredible experiences of my life. We got to work with a really special and wonderful people group who we all fell in love with. I can't even describe the experience of telling someone the story of Jesus who has never heard. We were able to teach and tell and show the Jesus film. To see them wrench in pain as Jesus is nailed to the cross and rejoice in his rising - it was overwhelming. I prayed I could always have that same response to hearing the gospel that I saw there within those people - complete astonishment and awe. It was not an easy trip, we were miles and miles away from our son but I know it was a moment that was used.
We have experienced moments everywhere with so many awesome people. I'm so thankful for the encouragement and support we have from our family and church family.
Somewhere between all of that we ripped out carpet, put in tile floors, painted, replaced fixtures, lights and made all sorts of things. Many of which missed the blog. Slowly I'm getting it all in.
Its crazy what you can do in a year. We're crazy for doing it. But we would not change a thing. So we are expectantly looking forward.