Wow. What a whirlwind! It’s amazing that our new born is already almost 8 weeks old and we have traveled through 5 different states in the last 4 weeks. We have been so thankful for the time we have been allotted to visit supporters and family. We thought we should give you a glimpse of our travels.
So far….we have traveled to Ohio to have a quick and packed visit of 6 days having constant meals and visiting times all day/ every day. We were so blessed by the conversation and encouraging words of those with which we spoke. We were also so thankful for all of the questions and the interest in our work and lives in Tanzania. We felt very loved and cared for. We then had a quick weekend trip to visit Kristina’s sister and brother and their families in Michigan. Being so far away from family we miss out on each other’s lives and our kids miss out on cousin time so it has been fun watching the cousins play together…..and learn how to get along at times. It was really special because 3 out of the 4 of Kristina’s siblings have moved recently and it is nice to see each other’s homes and really be able to picture what life is like for them.
Amidst our travels, the internet has made it possible for us to have meetings not only with our team, but at other times with our missions committee using skype so that we could have meetings no matter which city we have been in. Next we traveled Nashville for Caleb’s brother’s wedding. It was special for us all to be a part of that special day. Caleb was able to be there to play the role of best man and even Aletheia and Jeda played their part as one of the flower girls and ring bearer. We then headed on to North Carolina to have a quick visit with Kristina’s other sister and her family. Again, getting to see a new home and having some special cousin time.
We are currently back in Tennessee. We were able to visit some individual supporters and two churches during our time around Karis’s birth so we are able to have some time set aside for family around Thanksgiving, which we are so thankful for. Of course, we can’t help but hope for some snow as well.
This Saturday we will head for Searcy, Arkansas for a couple of weeks where we will have some more supporter time. We are looking forward to reconnecting with the church and committee and a number of individuals there. Kristina and the kids will then make their way to Texas to be with family while Caleb continues with some supporter time. We will finish off our trip in the States by spending the week of Christmas with Kristina’s parents in Texas and then we will be back in Mtwara by New Year’s Day.
It seems as though everything has been happening so quickly as we move from place to place and yet there is still so much left to do. We can say that all of this traveling is becoming tiresome, especially for our kids. We ask for prayers as we go through this last month in the States. We love being with family and feeling so loved and supported by people. The challenge comes with the lack of routine and not being in our own space, our own home. We just ask for prayers in these last weeks.
We thank you all in the support we have been given. We have felt it. We feel so loved. Blessings to you all.