Time with my family moves on this week and I can't help but feel like it is all flying by so fast! We have had such a good mix this week of seeing this incredible city, learning about the history of South Africa, my parents meeting more of our special friends here, laughing and playing with Kieren, and just enjoying this time together. One thing I have realized this week is two-fold. One, we have become really comfortable here in our life and really love it here. Our house is like a train station with people always around, but then we also have times of quiet and peace. I love how the people here love Kieren and are already so enjoying her crazy personality. The ministry we are already doing is so fulfilling and meaningful and Casey and I are both passionate about all that is so come in 2010. I think it almost took my parents coming here for a visit to realize how 'right' this time is. I am thankful. The second thing I realize with my parents here is how different this life is. It's become normal for us but that doesn't mean it's truly normal (and you all know WE were NEVER normal to begin with). I can't expect people to want this life as well, but I am so thankful for the privilege of sharing it with you back at home and with those up close who visit. It's strange and hard and hectic but we love it.
My mom and I are working on plans for Kieren's first birthday party - a Mexican fiesta - which we will have on Saturday. We have invited EVERYONE, and I honestly think at this point we will have about 50 people. Bring on the chaos...
Lots of love,