Kevin and I often make decisions that seem right and that we feel are decisions that are God-led but when it comes time to actually DO the thing we look at each other and say “what were we thinking?”. We are in the middle of that right now. We left Fairfield, CT on Monday and drove five hours to spend the night with an old friend of mine whom I haven’t seen in 10 years. What a wonderful time we had!! There was lots of crying when it was time to say goodbye the next morning and we wished we had more time. The next day, we spent sightseeing at some wonderful national monuments and got to our hotel at 8:30 pm, exhausted. During that day, we were able to reconnect with an old friend from our days of working with inner-city youth in Poughkeepsie. Today, we drive another 5 hours to spend the night with Kevin’s extended family, then tomorrow only 3 hours to spend two nights with dear friends who support us in so many ways. On Saturday, we drive 9 ½ hours to spend the night with old AIM friends and then the next day I fly to Calgary, Canada, to meet up with her sisters. They are paying for my whole trip and this is our first time all together in 5 years. Meanwhile, Kevin and the boys will head onward to the family farm where my grandparents, parents, and aunt and uncle live.
Now, why in the world are we embarking on this huge trip just 5 weeks before we are supposed to head out to Mozambique? When Cami ought to be staying still and healing her back at home? WE DON’T KNOW!!! We just know that God wants us to do it, and there are a lot of people we want to see. We still haven’t purchased our plane tickets back to Moz and are trying to organize purchase of those, as well as accomplishing a million other small details while we are on the road. We are so thankful that the front passenger seat fully reclines and Cami spends all the time on the road flat on her back, while poor Kevin does all the driving. The kids are contentedly watching movies and coloring, and are enjoying all the adventures. Praise God for kids who like to see new things! We thank God for the loan of a hybrid SUV that gives us great gas mileage.
People are precious to us and we are thankful for the chance to do this trip, though by the time we are finished we will have made several more stops and only arrive back in Connecticut one week before we are supposed to fly out. At that point, everything being shipped in the container (more on that later) will need to be packed and shipped to Missouri, and all our suitcases for Moz packed. Pray for us as we try to buy all the small items that we still haven’t gotten to bring back with us. – Cami