Living a Life Unexpected

Conquering a Fear Today!!

So, in my last post I listed all those things that I never dreamed I would be doing and that list could keep going on for a VERY long time, but today I am going to tell you about something that I did a lot in the states that until today I could not seem to do here.


Okay, yes I do drive to get the boys at school or to go to the small grocery in our neighborhood, but that really does not count.  You see we live in a community where the streets are wide, there are actual lines on the road, there is very little traffic (in comparison), and most people drive like they have a brain.  This is in comparison to what goes on once you leave our community, the roads are narrow, if there are lines the people do not stay between them, there is ALWAYS traffic which includes about 500 motorbikes, 50 horse drawn carriages, 10 food carts and 20 guys with pedicabs, AND most people drive like they left their brains at home.  So, I just could not bring my self to drive in that madness and for the past almost 4 years, I have relied on my husband or awesome friends to get me to town.

While we were in the states, I made a promise to myself that I would conquer this paralyzing fear and learn to drive before we returned again to the states.  If for no other reason than what would I do if there was an emergency and I HAD to go to town and no one was available to help me?  Today, I drove to town for the first time!!!  To say that I was nervous is the understatement of the century, but Trey and some very brave friends rode with me and NO ONE DIED!!!  I definitely need some more practice to get my confidence up, but I jumped a GIGANTIC hurdle today!

 YAY ME!!!!  🙂


Just a side note….this picture shows kind of what traffic is like here, but I would consider this a very light traffic day!!!


A Life Unexpected…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I began to consider starting this blog and what I might call it, the only title that came to mind was “A Life Unexpected”.  I serve an awesome God who had every one of my steps planned out way before I was even a thought, but this life I live now is not one that I ever would have dreamed.
I never dreamed that I would ever be living half way around the world away from friends and family.
I never dreamed that I would be bilingual.
I never dreamed that my family would be able to visit some of the places that we have.
I never dreamed that this foreign country would be HOME to us.
I never dreamed that rice would be a primary staple in my home….and that we would like it.
So, in that way our life is very much a life unexpected, but it is a life of obedience.  God called us to this place, so we had to be obedient and trust that wherever he lead us that he would also take care of us.  He has!!!  So, we continue to live this life unexpected each day excited to see what unexpected blessing or challenge God has planned for us. Sometimes, we trudge through the valley and sometimes we stand on the mountain top, but through it all we praise him for this LIFE UNEXPECTED!!!