Geoff's sister is getting married in less than a week and a half. Carl and Caryn. Nice alliteration, don't you think? We tried that. Jeff and Jamie. Works great until Geoff reminds me how to spell his name. Oh well.
We will miss the graduations of four brothers before we leave Israel. In late spring Geoff's youngest brother will graduate from high school, and the other two from college. His sister's husband, our brother-in-law, will graduate with his MD.
Oh, and being separated from our dear Reyah dog for the second time is simply excruciating. I'm about to go buy dog toys to spread around the floor just to make it feel more like home. The stray cats that guard our porch, though sweet and wonderful, are just not the same.
It's hard to miss all of these things.
We love traveling and experiencing new cultures, but it does have its incredible drawbacks. Many days I miss Ecuador, the kids (some, especially), and the dreams I had for living there so much it physically hurts. The more you travel, the more you say goodbye. We are busy with projects, groups, and the everyday surprises that keep us from relying too heavily on any specific plan we dare make for each day. We are very thankful to be here but our hearts are also with friends, family, and the special moments and memories we will miss while away.
on the wings of anticipation; and then the first thing I realize I drop down
to earth with a thud. But really, Marilla, the flying part is glorious as long as it lasts...it's like soaring through a sunset. I think it almost pays for the thud.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
Our life is full of anticipation. I look forward to holding my new nephew, hugging the newlyweds, celebrating graduations, and being covered in slobbery, wet kisses from my pup. I'm fervently hoping we can return at least for a week or two to visit the kids and friends in Ecuador this summer and greatly anticipate the hugs and faces I miss so much. In lieu of missing these important events we are doing our best to make the most of each day we have here. Instead of dwelling on what we're missing, we're striving to focus on what we need to embrace more fully where we are.
Sometimes daily life, especially here in the midst of many suffering religious and political persecution, overwhelms even the greatest joys of earthly anticipation. When my heart longs to despair I strive to hold onto the greatest anticipation of all - the Good News of Jesus that all will be made new, that those who mourn will be comforted, that He will return to bring about the fullness of His Love. We are blessed to have so many things to look forward to, and thankful for the joy of anticipation we are allowed to experience.