DEFINITELY time for another update, right?? Sorry we have been so negligent once again with our updates. Things are chaotic and busy, to say the least! We are making our final preparations towards the move to South Africa. So many details are finally coming into place here at the end. The big things are, Ubuntu getting non-profit status, our boxes of stuff being shipped over to South Africa, and our beautiful dog, Lance finding a new home. Wow! We are now living at the Latta family home (a family in our church) and have four suitcases for the three of us for the next 2-3 months. It's definitely cramping Casey's clothing style, but we are managing :) Kieren continues to be a source of laughter and joy! She is eight months old now and loves to laugh and smile at everyone. That girl is already developing her flirting style with the boys and is ready to charm the world - watch out! Our main job on our agenda is to see as many people as we can before we go and just spend quality time with the people we love. We are SO blessed to have so much love and support at this time! We would love your thoughts and prayers during this crazy time - for peace and for God to order each day with what He wants for us to do.
Congratulations to my best friend Kerry Mandulak who just received her PHD in speech and hearing sciences at UNC today! I was there for her dissertation defense today and was SO proud to call her my friend! She is amazingly smart and humble and a great teacher! You go Kerry!
I feel like we are wading through so much 'stuff' right now. There is just a TON going on each day and the list only grows longer. I am in Charlotte right now for a visit with my family to celebrate my mom's birthday and visit with my cousin who is here from California. As I am here, I am having the realization that as I go back to Raleigh tomorrow the next 3 weeks are going to be INSANE as we prepare to leave for Africa. Right now it's the middle of the night and I should be sleeping but my head spins with things to do and people to see. My problem is that I want to do it ALL and see EVERYONE, but I have to find a peace with only accomplishing what I can and am called to do each day. I desperately want all of our friends and family to know that they are loved by us and that we are deeply grateful for their support in this journey, but I can't spend time with each person sharing our hearts. For now, even in the midst of it all, I still have a great peace of what is ahead. Our lives in South Africa are mostly yet to be seen and discovered but I know God has made a way ahead and can't wait to see what He has in store. We are in touch almost daily with different people there already and plan to allow the first month of our time there for moving in, settling, and some rest in the transition. But tomorrow, and for the next 3 weeks, Casey and I will just hold on tight as we fly through this precious time here at home. My prayer is that God will order our steps each day and that we will see His hand in each of those moments.