Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Home Sweet Home

~My adorable niece, Honey, playing piano at our house~

Last night I was laying in bed, and I realized I only have 4 1/2 weeks left in the USA!!
When I first arrived home, I missed the kids in Mozambique allot. But God has given me grace
for that, and I am sooo enjoying my family here!

I don't want to take any of this for granted. It is truly a blessing to have 10 weeks with my family! I was thinking, "It is hard to believe I was away from them for a whole year, and now am only home for 10 weeks." In some ways it seems like I have been home for forever.
But also I know time is flying quickly, and I want to savor every moment.

Me, Christina (knitting), and dad
slouching on the couch on a lazy Summer afternoon...

Last night I was feeling kind of sad to think about leaving here so soon.
But this morning I woke up with a bubbling joy that I will be with the dear girls in Mozambique again soon!
I really have 2 families...

My brother Daniel, hoisting my 1 year old nephew up on the roof of our patio!
(Don't worry, he didn't let go)

I love both families so much! In one way, it is incredibly hard, always missing my family here, or always missing my family in Mozambique. But also, it is truly amazing! God's grace is sufficient for me, for His power is made perfect in my weakness. And He is the one that allows me to enjoy my family, and do His work, and not be constantly sad that I am not with one or the other.

That might not make sense, but to sum it up, GOD IS SO AMAZING!
And HE is with me wherever I go. I am never alone, and it is HE who fulfills every need and longing that I have. What a blessing!


Cara said...
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New Mom said...

I enjoyed looking at all your pictures-- your family looks so friendly and comfortable! I like your parents house too-- it looks like a cozy cottage that you might read about in a book. I remember missing my family so much when I lived in Texas {only TX, but it felt like Africa to me!}. I got to see them twice a year but I still really missed the little ones {my nephews, little brothers.} I understand what you mean about missing Mozambique as well. When God places you somewhere, you love that place and those people, and they are your family too. That's nice because it makes it good when you get to visit home and good when you go back to Mozambique.

Erica said...

Actually, the pictures don't even do this family justice at how warm, friendly, loving and welcoming they are to others even outside of their family.

This family is probably one of the most beautiful families I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.

I just can't believe Joel/Andrea/Sammy...soooo big! (Guess that's what happens when you fall off the earth for 8-9 years!)