Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Over time our friendship grew until one day we discovered that the guy she was dating was also my little brother's football coach. She started forcing me to go to games with her and has been pushing me around ever since.
A few years ago, she married the football coach and I thought for sure our relationship would change as she settled into married life.
But our friendship has only grown stronger and her husband Adam is like a brother.
My parents treat her like one of the kids and my siblings adore her.
And she keeps all of us lookin' good. Or at least our hair.
I love you, Heather B. Thanks for always loving me.
Monday, December 28, 2009
The leaving, the goodbyes never get easier. Sometimes I feel numb in a way I hate, but my heart is learning to protect itself. Leaving my family is the worst. I miss shopping trips with my mom and watching movies on Saturday with my dad. As an older sister, I want to be a vital part of my siblings lives. That unique urge to encourage, protect, and boss around has never faded. I miss birthdays, graduations, vacations, first boyfriend/girlfriend, first drivers license, and all those minute, little details that may seem meaningless, but make all the difference in the world.
My brother Grant
My sister Natalie
My brother Spencer
My brother Jack [He wouldn't let me take his picture so this is the best I could do]
My brother Zach
I love that my brother Derek works with me in South Africa, but unfortunately, he's now old enough to resent me when I boss him around [doesn't keep me from trying though]. And I'm excited to spend time with my sister and her husband in Germany, but the prospect of more goodbyes loom on the horizon.
I'm mourning the loss of my family. I know God has a perfect plan for my life and He's much, much smarter than me, but I'm grieving and I think that's okay.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Dear Friends and Family,
I can’t believe the year is coming to a close. As I look back over 2009, I am amazed that God can accomplish so much in such a short amount of time! Let me take you through a few of my highlights this year . . .
1) Staffed my first Discipleship Training School
2) Led a two month outreach into Uganda and Mozambique
3) My family came to visit me in South Africa!
4) My brother, Derek, stayed and is working with me in S.A.
5) Had the chance to visit beautiful Capetown
6) Started to work with ministry communications [website, blog, newsletters, etc]
I’m so grateful for the crazy ride of these past twelve months. I’ve seen God use me in ways I didn’t think were possible and though it hasn’t been easy in anyway whatsoever, I’ve seen more personal growth in my life than any other year I can remember.
I pray that this next year brings adventure and unexpected blessings for you and your families. I pray that you experience God in new ways and you see transformation in your life and the lives of the people you encounter.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
This year, most of my siblings didn't even want to go get a tree. It ended up being just the three of us my dad, my brother Derek, and myself. We still had fun, but it wasn't quite the same.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
So here's a sampling of some of the yummy food I've eaten since I've been home, including some of my mom's delicious home cooked meals.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
But the best part of this trip was connecting with old and new friends. I had such a good time hearing people's stories, laughing, and eating way too much Mexican food.