|The "Before" picture|
|After...not quite done yet but getting there!|
|Noah being Batman on a jetski!|
Another major change has been the empty nest - which, to be honest, just happened a few days ago, and I'm still processing it. While it's true that being apart is not foreign to us because of our traveling, it's very different when the separation is more permanent. For me, the idea of not having someone to talk to at the end of the day, or to look forward to seeing in the short-term, definitely takes an adjustment. I believe that God has been preparing me for this loneliness over the past couple of years, but it doesn't change the impact of the new reality. [Side note: Contrary to some people's beliefs, I am not in Grand Rapids to settle down and find a new husband:-). In fact, I still consider myself married and have NO desire to get into a relationship. So for those of you who are lovingly praying for me to find a new spouse or subtly introducing me to single persons, please know that this is not on my radar at all. I would love to write more on this at some time, in terms of the decision making process for this, but that is not for this blog entry. I will be heading back to Africa permanently again in January.]
|Noah giving character awards to camp kids.|
|Hannah helping Noah in his dorm.|
Hannah has also moved back into Calvin as she is serving as a "Barnabas" on her floor (something like the floor chaplain). Both Hannah and Noah are in Noordewier-VanderWerp, where Bob used to be the Resident Director. Hannah has promised to keep an eye on her little brother.
On Tuesday, I head back to work at Partners Worldwide. I need to quickly catch up on two months of missed work and then in three short weeks (September 24), I will be leaving for Africa for five weeks, to visit five countries: Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, and Liberia. I will be back at the beginning of November, probably accompanied by a number of my West African colleagues who will be traveling to Chicago for the Partners Worldwide conference on November 8 and 9.
More updates next week!