Trying to get back in the habit of blogging. During this time of transition and preparation, I just haven’t felt like there was much to say. But now, looking back, there has been so much that the Lord has done during this time. He has been with us each and every step – even before we knew where the step would lead. He has proven faithful and good and abundantly!
So….now another transition begins. 42 days!! 42 days until we get on a plane headed for South Africa. 42 days until we get to officially call Africa home.
During this time, we want to transition well. We want to say goodbye well. We want to give God all the glory and honor. This time of transition started with a wonderful time with family in Maryland. Thanks to some amazing friends, we had ALL of our VISA paperwork completed by Friday evening – and we were leaving for Maryland on Saturday morning. Since it was ALL in order and we were so close, we made a trip to the South African Consulate.
After getting up at 5:30am, traveling through school traffic for 2 hours, finding a post office for money orders, navigating the Metro, and a 1.1 mile sprint, we arrived at the embassy at 10:30 and sat…..and waited. Then into a small cubicle – three or four questions, papers shuffled, money orders given, we were given a small smile. He asked “Do you want to pick this up in about 5 days?” NO…please mail it. Now, with that behind us, it was all relatively painless and we should have our VISAs in 5-10 days.
Thanksgiving was a great time of giving thanks. Exciting times with the Lippy’s who were home unexpectedly for a few weeks from the Gambia. For the first time in several years and the last time for several years, we were all together for Thanksgiving. God is good.
Nothing normal about these kiddos!!! But they have fun together even after years of separation, they love each other and God, and they are ours. So I guess we will keep them. Transitioning well – not saying goodbye, saying see ya later. And who knows we might run into each other in South Africa, the Gambia, Nicaragua, or who knows where else.
Blessed with a beautiful snow fall.
Thankful for all the God has done, is doing, and will do. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.