I wish it had been captured on video. Three of us, hurling through the air at top speed. It happened so fast. The toppling of the tube, and the helpless feeling of air rushing around me. Then suddenly – WHAM.
Something stings the right side of my face. Water swirls around me, and all I can think of is how much my face hurts.
Quickly the force of the flotation pulls me up to the surface, and I hear the girls… “Are you okay?” I guess my hands were instinctively covering my face, and they were worried I had been badly hurt, or crying.
I remove my hands and look at my palms. No blood. I blink a few times, and look up to see five sets of eyes on me.
“I’m fine!” I exclaim. “Although my face hurts a bit.”
“Yea, it looks pretty red on the right side,” Laura points out. All I can do is laugh.
“Did anyone get that on video?” The three of us look at each other, life jackets bobbing in the water..
“No, but I wish they did!!” Laughter again.
My heart feels so full, it might just burst.
This summer has been the “live life to the fullest – relish in the beauty of BC – count every blessing – enjoy every moment – be all there” kind of summer I had hoped for.
Right now as we anticipate moving soon, I have mixed feelings of nervousness and excitement as we anticipate our new life in the Philippines, yet also wrestling with a feeling of unsureness as I recognize all the wonderful blessings our life has here in Canada, and what we’ll be missing as we plan to be gone for the next two years. But as sure as I am that I will miss my family and friends and life here in Canada, I’m also sure that God has called us to the field, and knowing this brings about peace. And I’m thankful He’s given us so many blessings, and a spirit of living life to the fullest this summer.
My face still hurts.
How’s your summer been?
*graphic from Abby Hyslop's print shop.
When we moved to NC, we were hoping to make some new friends, but we just never knew God would bless us so incredibly by our friendship with the Burgess family. They are headed to Papua New Guinea this summer with Wycliffe USA, Fran is a pilot and mechanic.
I love thinking back to the day I met Jenise. We had been living here already for a few weeks, and I had been praying for a friend. We met one afternoon at the playground nearby, and as I introduced myself to her I felt as if God was speaking to me saying, “Here is your new friend”. I’m not sure why it was so easy, so comfortable and so familiar. Perhaps it has to do with the fact we are both on the ledge, ready to take a leap of faith and embark on a new life in missions with Wycliffe. But probably more to do with the fact that she is simply a beautiful person, inside and out. We can talk about everything. Our hopes and fears, our disappointments and weakness. She is such a woman of God, and has encouraged me in so many ways, and I am so grateful. Fran is great, and Jaco & him have become fast friends. Our boys get along great with Shay & Adley too. All this makes for some really fun times when we all get together.
When Jenise told me that they hadn’t had a prayer card photo taken since Adley was a baby, I was excited to offer a family session. We had a beautiful afternoon together with our families. First we hung out at the airport for awhile, then headed over to Crystal Lake. We topped off the day with some burgers and fries. It was every bit as wonderful as it sounds.
Thanks again Jenise & Fran, taking your family photos has been such a highlight.
We love you guys!
We are ringing in the New Year with a little family holiday at Myrtle Beach, SC.
2013 was amazing. Our family has been blessed. We’ve had some great adventures, and as we look forward to 2014, we anticipate lots more, Lord willing.
My prayer for you is that you will be able to look back on 2013 and see how God has blessed you, and commit to praise Him as He continues to bless you in 2014.
“A life contemplating the blessings of Christ becomes a life acting the love of Christ.”
– Ann Voskamp