But she did.
We moved our family of 8 to Africa, and we learned so much more about life and who we are as individuals than we ever could’ve imagined. I survived periods with little to no water, little to no electricity, homeschooling, solitude, sickness, hunger (in the beginning), anger, spiritual battles, death, discontent, and no unity in our marriage, or our children. There was also much joy, serving, being served, seeing Jesus in the mundane, spiritual growth, learning to “make it work,” healing, and trust. There were days I didn’t think I’d survive. But with Jesus, only Jesus, I did.
We have been home almost one month. It hasn’t really flown by this time. The transition and re-entry has been long and we are fighting battles, but we couldn’t be more grateful. Truly. Grateful for friends and family. Grateful for church and corporate worship, water (even though it was a little too much), electricity (even the shortages) and a store within 10 min wherever we are.
This is what we’ve been up to the last 30 days:
1-moved into a rental, delt with the pipes bursting and all that entails (aka too much water/electrical shortages)
2-traveling to Dallas to visit with a friend and pastor about 2nd Milk
3-traveling to Nashville for an incredible conference for 2nd Milk
4-oh wait getting our new ministry 2nd Milk off the ground and running (including the website) stateside
5-enrolling kids in school and Dr visits for shots and physicals
6-meeting and loving on our peeps just for fun and for 2nd Milk
7-working 24/7 with the Malawian side and US side for an adoption taking place
8-shopping and gathering gifts to refurnish a whole entire house for 8 people
10-and Jason left yesterday morning to travel back to Malawi
Now that we’ve cleared that all up…
It wasn’t to brag or complain WHATSOEVER. The Lord knows griping and complaining is something I try to keep in check purposefully. I say it to say, we COULD NOT have done those things without some divine interventions. If we look a little frazzled, scatter brained, forgetful, lost, sad, or confused please be patient with us. We hit the ground running, but our hearts and minds are taking their own sweet time to grieve, and re-wire to a new normal.
I won’t speak for the rest of my family, but I will share tomorrow what my personal struggles have been. I pray that it will encourage you. I pray that God will use it to how He sees fit. I pray that you won’t judge me and by NO MEANS am I judging any of you. Mostly, I would just love for you to pray for me, us, and this new Jesus journey!