I am home. Whew, that’s a loaded phrase now. Montana, of course is my home… for goodness sake, I was born and raised here. But now I have a home in Nairobi too. Friends, favorite green grocers, a church, a community. I have a home in two places, aren’t I the lucky one?
Going away party with my small group from Church, miss this folks so much! Nairobi // Oct. 2013
Team mates and friends at my going away BBQ. Nairobi // Oct. 2013
Henna and naan lessons with friends from church. Nairobi // Oct. 2013
Brunch with friends on a lazy Saturday. Nairobi // July 3013
I took a meandering path home after departing from Kenya in October of 2013. London for a day with Anna and Andy. New York City with Courtney. South Carolina with Taylor and Elisabeth. Florida with Tana. All Africa friends… all welcoming arms, listening ears, and good question-askers. It was a good choice, it was the long way home.
Andy & Anna in London // Nov. 2013
Courtney in NYC // Nov. 2013
Taylor & Elisabeth in South Carolina // Nov. 2013
Tana in Florida // Nov. 2013
Leaving Kenya was tough. Coming home was tough. There is joy and love and frustration in both places. I’m still figuring out what my next chapter is. I wish I had some wonderful neat answers for all of you kind souls who have asked me “so, what’s next?” But I don’t. Right now is a season of abiding, trusting, of listening, and seeking. It’s hard for me to do all of those things. I want to GO, to DO, to SEE! I want to make things happen. But more than before, I trust that what God wants, and is, and has for me is best.
And so I lean in. I tell my self over and over again, “trust, just trust.”
This is my life after Africa. Thank you to all of you who have been with me on this journey, your prayers and love have left a lasting mark on me and upon a place that is now a home. The last two years are unforgettable. They were a gift. Thank you so much.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain:
faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these
1 Cor. 13:12-13