Monday, May 30, 2011

4 Days!

I can’t believe that in 4 days I will be boarding a plane and heading to Kenya! It’s so hard to believe that the time to go is finally here. I was one of the last people to join the team when I was asked to go in October. So for the last eight months it has just been an event so far in the future, it barely seemed real. Yesterday, we had our very last meeting state side. We each brought an extra luggage with us and packed it full of supplies to leave over there. Socks, blankets, books, clothes, toys, medicine, band-aids, Neosporin, paint, coloring books, jump ropes, crayons, and a million other items that were donated over the last couple months.

I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us during those two weeks we’re in Nairobi.

Let me ask you this…please keep our team in your prayers. Pray for wisdom, safety, open hearts, and opportunities. And if you like to pray specifically for each of us, we would love that – Rhonda, John, Lauryn, Jessica, Beth, Joby, Alyssa, Anya, Cooper, Lisa, Dave, Justin, Elijah, and of course, me!

Monday, May 09, 2011


Right now, the only word I can think of to describe what I'm feeling is "unfinished."

From the pile of dirty laundry separated into respective piles in my un-vaccuumed bedroom floor, to the 10 item checklist with only two crossed off, to the half read book sitting on the coffee table, to the 12 half-written blog posts that haven't been published.  It's easy to look around and see all of the unfinished things that need to be done...completed...wrapped up with a pretty bow.  

It's very uncharacteristic that I would leave so many things incomplete (except for the dirty laundry part).  I like to finish things.  I love having the sense of accomplishment and being able to check one more thing off my Post-It note.  It makes me feel like I'm in control.  

And I guess that's my point.  Right now, I'm totally NOT in control.  

With 25 days left until I get on a plane and head to Africa (and with the impending doom of my 30th birthday lurking around the corner), it's more glaringly obvious than it's been in a very long time that I am indeed, unfinished.  My life is unfinished.  There are so many things I have left to do.  Things to complete.  Things to finish. 

Where to even begin is completely overwhelming.  Tonight, I'll just worry about publishing some of those half written blog posts.  

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Let's Just Say "See You Later"

In the last several weeks, I've said goodbye to many co-workers.  Some, I wasn't close with, but there were a very special handful that were my trusty confidants, my break from a busy day, my workout partners, my lunch buddies.  They were my friends.

I don't like goodbyes.  I know I will probably see all of them again (at least I better!), but for some, it will be easier to keep in touch.  While I am extremely happy for their new beginnings, it's bittersweet because I will miss them all terribly!

Katherine, Me, and Laura on Halloween

Me and Sutton at his going away party