Friday, September 26, 2008

Preparing to Leave

This week has been one full of saying goodbyes-temporary goodbyes- to the many people we have come to know and love. Our LAMb partners, Lynn and Ruby Johnston have been here with us as we make the transition to go home and to make plans for our return early in 2009. It has been awesome to have them here.

Before coming over, I read a book by Kay Warren, called Dangerous Surrender. I have mentioned it several times over the past six months. In it she talks about being "divinely ruined" for the life you have known. I wondered if that would happen to us and yes, it has. We have been "ruined." The other night while we were out walking, David mentioned that "ruined" is a permanent state. Once something is ruined, it can never go back to the state that it was orginially. We have no idea of the journey we will take emotionally and spiritually as we return to our responsibilities back home, while truly leaving a part of our hearts here. We only know, as God directs, we will be coming back here.

We have so appreciated the many comments and emails you have shared with us over these months. Once I get home, I will update the blog with our last week of pictures - some pictures you don't want to miss! It just has been too busy here these last days to attempt to do that. We arrive home in the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 30, eager to hug grandkids and catch up with family and friends.

Thank you for all your support...

The journey continues....


Julie and John Wright said...

I have been struggling with the words to explain our new life when people ask... Once again you are the vessel to bring me to an understanding...."Divinely ruined".. thats right up there with "why ask why"... I to do not know what the future holds, but I guess "It is not our time to know" but what I do know is that time we spent with you and David is something that we will always charish ...and now it is our time to stand in the gap for you and those you have come to love as you prepare to say good bye... Even Jesus on the cross said "It is finished" he had not healed all the sick, or reached the whole world, but he recognised it was time to go... with a promise to return... My friend is time to go, but Know that you are in the Fathers will...
Blessings John

Butch and Tracy said...

I hope we get to see you and hug you all soon too!!!

I have heard that once we go to Kaz we will be ruined also. The life there is so simple. The people are kind. From what other adoptive parents say, you leave a peice of your heart in Kaz when you leave. I guess it is the same for you all.

See you soon,