Wednesday, November 2, 2011


i am exhausted.

i've barely been home 48 hours and i can hardly function like a normal human being. on monday i went to bed at 6:00. PM. SIX! that's for infants. but guess what time i woke up?! THREE.

solid nine hours of sleep.

i made it to 8 last night before crashing. and i forced myself to sleep past three. this cannot be a common occurrence. i'll never have a normal life again.

i haven't even uploaded any pictures from my trip. i haven't even begun to think about the stories i want to tell.

i'm just tired and i just want to sleep.

i also may or may not be having a not-so-mini mental break down today over my life.

i hate that you always need a vacation from your vacation. let me tell you, work is not a vacation from your vacation.

what is also not a vacation is when work gives you three hours of videos to watch on your own time. aka at home.


ethiopia. i don't even know where to begin, except to say that the plane ride there was the most smooth, nonturbulant, easy flight i have evereverever had.

the only bad part was when we arrived early into addis air space and the airport wasn't quite ready for us to land. so instead we circled for a good 30 minutes. and then pretty much dive bombed the runway and almost hit a squatter who lived next to the tarmac.

it's just different there...

but when i walked onto solid ground, and stopped for a minute to gather myself, i heard God say, "did I not tell you to trust Me? I promised I'd take care of you." after my near cardiac arrest over just the thought of boarding an airplane, i was very pleased at the thought of safety. (and solid ground beneath my feet.) and that that was the best flight of my entire life.

the entire two weeks i didn't even think about the plane ride home. it popped into my mind a few times (mostly during prayer when i know unseen attacks were going on) and just as quickly it was gone.

i don't think time could move any faster. and every time i think back about those two weeks, it flies by even faster in my mind.

i came home with plugged ears, stuffy nose, a cough, and a sore throat.

and also a full heart, new loves, new friends, and a new little girl to sponsor.

oh and over 700 pictures.

i promise i'll share some real stories and real pictures tonight.

let this adorable piece of love tide you over until then.

it's sort of pathetic how much that one single picture melts my heart. is my family not the prettiest?

8 loves:

  1. WOW! Sounds like you had an amazing trip! I can't wait to hear more stories. I've been loving your photos on IG too!

  2. WOW! What an amazing experience.. well except the nose-diving plane.. that was probably terrifying... I'm sure once the jet lag subsides you'll be peachy keen...

    Janette, the Jongleur

  3. I'm so happy that your flights were so great (minus the half of a seat on your way home). Did you get lots of reading done??

    Take things slow and don't get stressed! You'll be back into the swing of things in no time. If there's anything I can help you guys with (including the new house business) let me know!! <3 And can we puhlease have a coffee shop date or something sometime soon? I have sunday off!

  4. Oh I totally agree... and hate how we need vacations after vacation! but we NEED rest! I will be praying for you and your hubby to recover well and that God gives you his peace and rest! I am so excited to hear stories of what God is doing in the community in Ambo! love ya and hope to see you soon...

    PS if you need anything let me know :D

  5. I need to do some charity traveling. :] What a great experience!

  6. I need to do some charity traveling. :] What a great experience!

  7. I'm so glad you had such a lovely trip. A full heart is such an amazing feeling.

  8. Can't wait to hear more about your trip! Catch up on rest & spend time in prayer & the word before you feel like you have to tell all your stories. I'm still telling stories 3 months later. Thanks for your comment. The trash dump is something to see. They actually don't allow Americans on the dump anymore- it was a crazy god thing we got to go. Next time you are there drive by & PRAY! Pray now too. Now go rest!!!