Monday, July 23, 2012

Leaving on a jet plane

This is the week that we leave. The goodbyes are getting serious and so is the stress level!

Joshua was given the awesome gift of his own goodbye party over the weekend (Thanks Holly!!!). It was a joyous celebration of the wonderful children and parents that have enriched his life with light and laughter. For me, it highlighted the amazing treasure of loving people that we have been blessed to be in community with throughout this parenthood journey.

Last night we celebrated my sis-in-law's bday. It was a great party with family and again, it proved to be a time to reflect on how lucky we have been!  We have lived so close and shared so many fun (and difficult) times.

Yet it is so very hard to let go and say adios. Joshua said it well as we drove away from his cousin's, "saying goodbye is sad Mommie. I have water on my cheeks too." It's easy to dwell on the many important life moments we will miss and become overwhelmed with sadness.

I survive because after the tears, I choose to think about how our move may serve to better our collective lives. Now we learn how to be intentional in sharing intimate moments from across the world.  We learn how to be in community from far away. We learn to trust that our journey is not taking us away from people we love but instead teaching us new and deeper ways of being in relationship. We trust that God is bigger and through God we are connected and kept.

I probably won't have time to write again before we are in Ghana. Send your prayers and positive thoughts / energy for safe travels. I'll post again on the other side!  Much LOVE to you!!!!!

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