The wind is throwing the rain against the windows, making inside seems warm, inviting, perfect!
We are so blessed to enjoy this week at the beach. We have had beautiful weather, amazing food and great conversations. Oregon is such a beautiful place, its making me dream of buying a beach house in the future.
A place where we can (one day) bring our little ones and make memories.
As our time here ends, it makes me thankful that we have this time. We wont get a week like this in a long time, years probably. I will miss my family so much while we are gone. I will miss the daily moments, the family dinners, the loud talking, the love spilling into every corner.
But its part of the sacrifice we are making. We are willing to miss those moments for a while, to replace them instead with flights, exploring, learning and loving others. Whenever I hold an orphan baby in my arms, I will think of my precious nephew. When we sit down to share (modest) food with families, I will think fondly of our family in Canada. We are honoured and excited to be out of our comfort zone, exploring different corners of the world, sharing the good news of Jesus.
But today, Im thankful for now. Im loving this week, this place, these people.
" There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens"
We have been packing, planning, saving and praying!
Things and locations have changed, but the core of our trip had remained.
Serve, explore, glorify God.
And that seems like a good plan to us!
We are looking forward to NYC, to spending time with family there, taking in a show or two.
We are stoked about Greece, exploring ruins, eating food.
But oh, our heart is so set on Israel! We have been in close contact with "our friends" there, getting updates on the refugee women and orphans. Because of the sensitivity of Israel, how complicated and, frankly, scary it can be, I have to be vague while we are there, ever so careful about information.
But I will tell you this, Israel is about to rock our world! Our 3 months there will, Im sure, change our lives, our perspectives, our hearts!
We have Jordan, India, Nepal and quite a few other countries planned afterwards, but right now, I cant keep my mind off Israel!