One day I was sitting outside the mall on a bench, eating an apple, waiting for Phillip. I looked up and here came this Christian-looking lady (Marisol) eating an apple too. As she passed, I told her that I liked her jean skirt. She stopped and we chatted for quite some time. She had seen me about 6 months earlier in the mall near her house, and so wanted to talk to me, but didn't get the chance until this day.
From that day on, we became fast friends. God sent her my way for my lonely heart, and she tells me over and over how God sent me to her during a very TOUGH and LONELY time in her life!~
~I had just said something goofy right before Kimberly took this picture of Marisol and I enjoying our yummy ice cream.~
~Goofy Phillip, Kimberly and Carlos put together these 2 coffee mugs with glasses, shoes, hair clip, ear phones, phone, etc.~
~We found out that we SHOULD BE allowed to take two 50# suitcases EACH!!! YEA!!! We're so HAPPY for that will help us get more things HOME that we want to get home. Praise the Lord!!!
(And if tonight is any indication...we'll need every BIT of that extra weight ....for 2 of our neighbors just rang our doorbell tonight bearing NICE GIFTS for our family! How thoughtful. =)
~Our hearts are filled with mixed emotions. We're soooooo EXCITED to go home and see all of y'all our family and friends there, but SOOO SAD to leave our people here.
~Our babies don't really understand what is going on. Elijah was only 2 years old and Mary just 3 months the last time we were in the USA, so they don't know what "THE USA" is!!
Every time they see yet another person taking OUR FURNITURE and leaving with it... Elijah gets quite upset. So, we try to explain to him that we can't take beds and couches on the plane, and that we have some at home in the USA. I've told our older children that Elijah and Mary will need lots of loving during these days, so they will feel more secure in the midst of ALL THIS CHANGE. Please pray for their little hearts.
~Tomorrow everyone is to come and pick up their furniture, so by the evening we should have no more furniture in our house. We have several suitcases packed and weighed. Praise the Lord! BUT, in spite of the fact that we keep giving BAGS of stuff away, the house is FAR from empty!!! Any volunteers to just come and PITCH the rest? =D
~Pastor Jimmy and Sis. Farly have graciously opened up their home for us to come and stay our last week with them. That way, each morning we can come back to our BY THEN EMPTY HOUSE...HOPEFULLY ... and clean it, so we can turn in the keys soon, Lord willing.
~PLEASE KEEP PRAYING. I'm getting SO TIRED that I might just have to let my family finish doing the rest of the packing and work. =)