First to answer the question… No, we don’t know when we are traveling yet.  We are hoping to get that phone call early this week for travel by next weekend. In the meantime, we are trying to prepare as best we can – yet still try to keep as normal of a schedule for work/church/etc. as possible. Of all the waits we’ve had in this process – this should be one of the shortest, however, it is not feeling that way.

So, we continue to try to get things at home (and work) as ready as possible – both for being away, and for coming home. Thomas has explored every flight combination possible, and we wait for the phone to ring on a weekday morning.

Thinking about those first few weeks home is a little intimidating at this point. We really don’t know how to prepare, beyond a lot of prayer. (I was reading Romans 8 today – which has a lot of great nuggets that really apply right now – but here I can’t help but think of Romans 8:26 – 28.

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

As we go through this last waiting period please pray that:

  • We receive our phone call soon – and that we are able to arrange for easy (few connections) flights within our budget. We are hoping it works that we can all go and be united as a family – and that having the boys together right from the start will ease in the transition.
  • That the transition home goes as smoothly as can be expected. We know there will be some bumps. Please pray that we handle ourselves with grace – and extend grace to each other and ourselves.
  • That the Holy Spirit guides us through this new to us territory. And that we aren’t too stubborn. 🙂

We really do appreciate each one of you – and all the support we have received along this journey so far. We look forward to sharing more!