Living a Life Unexpected

Finally Day 18 is Here!!!


Eighteen days ago today, Trey left for America, but today he is HOME!!!!

When we lived in the US, Trey had to do a lot of traveling for his work and it was not uncommon for me to not know exactly where he was.  Sometimes those places would be in Kentucky, so he would be home after a night or two, but occasionally he would have to go to Texas and California.  That would take him away from us for a week or so.  Those times we really missed him and I could count on something strange happening during that time, but we learned to “keep on keeping on”.  Thankful God provided us with family close by and amazing friends that would come at the drop of a hat if we had a major emergency.

BUT…This trip to the US has been the first time in 4 years that Trey has been gone from us for more than a few days.  Our house definitely feels weird and we are all excited that he is home and thankful that his time away was not too eventful.  We had a couple of sick days (Asher and I), but we also had some fun times as well.  We went to a car show, went swimming with friends, went to a soccer game, went to a “Fall” festival, and ATE WAY TO MUCH ICE CREAM!!!  There are perks to being home alone with your ice cream lovin’ momma!  🙂

As I think back at these past 18 days, I cannot help but praise the Father for his faithfulness to His children.  He has provided us such a support group here, just like in the US, that would drop everything if we needed them.  They knew we were “home alone” and invited us to hang out with them AND..they prayed for us.  WOW!!!  The body of Christ is amazing.  I had told a friend before Trey left that I was terrified that the entire time that he was gone that I would not sleep.  That is kind of my how it usually works. I hear every creak or pop in the house.   I want you to know that I have slept fine every night, even the nights that I had the stomach yuck.  I know that that is because people (here and in the US) were praying for us and we have experienced a peace that has passed all understanding.  God is soooo good!

Thank you everyone who took the time to left us up while Trey was away and to lift up Trey while he was in the US!

Your prayers were answered and we will forever be thankful for each one.

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Guess what I got to do last week?!?!?


Yes…I got to use my college education!!!!  🙂

A friend of mine who teaches at a village Preschool/Kindergarten invited me to come and talk with the kids about their T…T…T…Teeth.  The letter of the week was T.  It was so fun to share with these sweet smiling kids that loved to hear me speak their language and were quick to giggle when I made a mistake. I was also very lucky because many of the moms were at the school that day and were able to hear the presentation as well.  I am hoping that I will get some more opportunities to help my friend again and begin to build some friendships within this community.

The village currently does not have any excess to running water and is extremely poor.  The school itself was falling in around the kids.  There were huge cracks in the walls and the thatch ceiling was moldy and falling down. The community is made up primarily of family members that have lived together for generations.  The area where I live is trying to buy this village to build more new homes, but the village leaders have refused to sell.  They said that this is their home and they will not leave.  As I looked around at the homes in bad need of repair and the school that is just dangerous, my American brain said “SELL…SELL…SELL!!!  Get out while you still can?” But as I walked through the village and saw the smiling happy  people, I totally understood why this is home to them and they can never leave.  Their eyes are blind to the disrepair and the poor conditions.  They only see family, memories, and support for one another.  It is truly a beautiful place in spite of its outward appearance.


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