Sunday, June 28, 2009

Were You Wondering, Too?

A friend emailed me recently and said something to the effect of, "Your blog sounds like you're doing great, but how are you really doing?" (Thanks, Lisa!) I emailed back and told her that was definitely an email from someone who's lived on the other side of the world before, and someone who also currently lives away from her family. :-)

So, in case you were wondering how I'm really doing, too, here it is.

I'm actually doing well. :-) I do have a tendency to protect my family from any sadness and hard times I might feel by not going into tremendous detail, especially when they are so far away and can't do a thing about it!

I do have moments/sections of days that are really sad. I miss my family so much. I miss my friends so much. I miss loading my kids in the car, driving to Target, strapping them both in a basket, and walking around getting the things I need. And knowing where those things are in the store.

I'm tired of carrying Levi on my back everywhere we go (unless Justin's with us, then he does it). I'm tired of going to the grocery store and only being able to get as much as I can carry with a child on my back and chasing after a straying 3-year-old.

We're finally moving out of that stage where it feels like a vacation. We've been here for 3 1/2 weeks now, so the reality of it all is starting to sink in.

But, overall, I'm really glad to be here. Honestly. I'm in a very healthy place emotionally and mentally, which is what I prayed for so often last Spring when I wasn't. And what so many people have been praying for me!

Do I wish I could call my mom 4 times a day and ask her any number of questions and tell her random things the boys are doing? Yes! Do I wish I was going to be there when my sister goes into labor sometime in the next few weeks? Of course! Do I wish I could go get Sonic Jr. Candy Sundaes and go hang out with my friend, Kim, and her sweet kids? You betcha!

But that's where we're at right now, and I'm okay with that. God has really blessed us and given us friends here already that care about us and are going through this experience at the same time. We definitely feel protected and loved. And we are!

So, thanks for all your concern, spoken or not. I'm sure things will get harder in some ways and easier in others. There will still be sad times about things I'm missing back home, and there will be special things we'll experience here that never would have been possible there.

And did you know that you can fly from Houston to Singapore for under $700. It's true. :-)

Come see us! We have a guest room that we'd love to fill anytime!

6 comments:

Camille, Blake and Pierce said...

tell me about the less than $700 price to get here... I need to know.

Carie said...

I've been thinking about you lately and wondering myself. Your heart is amazing, thanks for sharing. Love you guys.

Dave and Lisa said...
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Dave and Lisa said...

Haha, but how much does it cost to fly from ALASKA to Singapore? That is the question! :-)

This is such a mature post. You are obviously way beyond me as far as dealing with change. No kidding. That said, I am so thankful for all the answered prayers and the special ways that God is taking care of you guys. I love you, and I know this is all by His design.

P.S. I'm also here for any venting you don't want to publish to the world on the blog. As you know, I totally understand how you have to protect people sometimes when it gets hard and you are so far away.

Laura said...

I think about you often and think how I would be handling the whole thing and then I worry about you because I would not be doing very well. You, though, seem to be finding comfort and hope in all the right places and I'm so glad God has blessed you with some friends in a strange land. By strange, I mean new, different,

Anywhoo...the $700 airfare is tempting!

Anonymous said...

Jennifer,

Courtney has sent your Mom a place on the internet for low air fares as well. Nana says to be sure and check to make sure it's not just one way. We love you, Justin and the boys dearly and miss you greatly. So glad to have a Heavenly Father who loves and cares for us not matter where in the world we are. God bless you richly. Kiss the boys and give Justin hugs. Love, Nana and Auntie Lyn



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