Thursday, July 7, 2016

Home in the USA

We are back home in the USA! I have to say that its been full speed since leaving our home in Papua New Guinea. With our eldest daughter graduated now and preparing to help her through life without mom and dad to planning Travis' mom funeral days after returning home it been non stop.  Life rarely plays out how we plan it but we are so grateful that life's unexpected hiccups never catches the one who created each day for us off guard. To be honest I don't know if it gets easier to go through these times, but I do know that at the end of the day and I reflect on Him that is what gives me the strength and joy to keep going. The things we were concerned about with leaving our daughter and traveling back to PNG, God has given me such peace since arriving in our hometown.  We have had numerous friends come up to us telling us if she needs anything at all, including a place to just get away, she is more than welcome.  The love that we have felt coming home is just incredible. Our girls are doing good with the normal reverse culture shock coming in waves. It is a weird feeling to belong to both worlds but not belong at all. Please pray for us all as we feel the waves at different times and trust the Lord with the emotions that go along with that. Do to the unexpected expenses to get home earlier for Travis' mom, and college setup cost for Sierra we have changed our plans a bit.  We feel it is best for Travis to stay back and work to provide for our airline tickets to return. Brooke and I will leave next month and Travis will return the following month. We are so thankful to those of you who have invested in us and helped us in many ways through prayer and support!

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