Tuesday, June 3, 2014

365 Days

June 4, 2013…we looked like this. It’s been a year. 

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We said our last goodbye stateside goodbye as Dad dropped us off at the airport.

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We tried to sleep across the ocean.

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My saint of a mother was along for the ride. 

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These pictures and the ones in the months proceeding our departure, I hardly revisit..I still struggle to look back and relive those painful goodbyes. Recently a friend asked how I was doing with homesickness. We still are homesick but we also have settled. Honestly, I think as long as we are living overseas, a part of me will be sad to be so far from our family and friends. We have joy here, deep and full. We are thankful to be here. But that ache in our hearts that ebbs and flows, it is because we have an amazing community who loves us well.  As we have met people from all over the world, we are so glad for a growing community here and prayerfully look forward to our community in the highlands of Ethiopia. 

The relationship is always worth the goodbye. ALWAYS.” -A Life Overseas Blog

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(Do you remember this picture? I left for just a second and Jon was letting the girls play in this death trap. ha!)

We’ve had a year of growth, of deep joy and pain. A year not lacking in adventure or God’s provision.

Thanks for following along. Who knows what the next 365 days will bring?

7 comments:

Todd ~ Teresa said...

That's been a fast year. Thanks for keeping us so well updated. Love and prayers continue.

Mindy said...

what a year it's been! Love seeing your updates and we are praying for you always!

MJgerst said...

Wow. I can't believe it has been a year. We miss you guys TONS, but are also very thankful to be on this journey with you. We are lifting you up in prayer as you say more goodbyes and make another transition. Love you!

Kim Plattner said...

Thanks for sharing this post, Amy. I'm trying to imagine what it would have been like to leave for Ethiopia that day. Thanks for your example of surrendering all for the sake of the gospel! May God keep blessing and providing as you continue your walk of faith. Much love from us all.

Janel said...

Love you all and so thankful for God's faithfulness!!

Kristen Hoerr said...

It's hard for me to look at these pics and think about that time as well. Love you guys so much and can't wait until I get to say "hello" to you again. :)

Sarah said...

You have such a way with describing your emotions and experience. Appreciate your blog so much!