Sunday, July 21, 2013

On counting down...

10 days. 
Just typing that brings up a lot of emotions. 
My mind flies back to last night at family dinner. The house is alive with laughter, the wonderful smells of moms cooking and all things that say "We are a family."
I think to my newest nephew, holding him in my lap and him deciding "Auntie, your lips look good enough to taste" and so he does. My heart expands when I think of him, his wide blue eyes and amazing smile. 
I think to the smells and sights of home. Mom bustling around, dad puttering in the garage. Family stopping by to chat, grab a bite to eat, drop something off. I think about driving around, knowing where Im going (well..mostly), being able to read the street signs. Having my bestie within a few minutes drive, being able to linger over a cup of coffee and look into people eyes. 
I have loved having deep, meaningful, faith-challenging conversations. I love seeing people in their new roles as parents, at work or in their spiritual life. I have been blessed with incredible friendships and connections. I am grateful, so very grateful, for each moment I have had with these amazing people.

And now, as our time in Canada comes to an end, we are so eager for the next chapter to begin. Living away from our loved ones is hard, but Gods grace has always been enough to help us through that. 
We are so excited to see what is next, to live in one place for more than 3 months (Will my TCK heart love it?!) and be immersed in a different culture and language. 

There will be challenges, most certainly. 
But the rewards of living a life fully abandoned to the One who created the moon and stars, they are everlasting. 

And so, next week, we are off. First to Oregon for a week, then Davao City for 2 weeks, then Manila and, after a delightful overnight bus, we will reach our desitination in Tabuk, Kalinga!

(Just don't ask us how packing is going!)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New website!

Just a quick note to my thousands (ahem...more like 20) of readers. 
We have a new website! We would love for you to check it out, it has tons of info about our big move to the Philippines, they why and where and whens!