My mind is so full right now that when I sit down to blog, I lay my fingers on the home-row, and nothing happens.
I am filled with so many emotions right now that I'm crying at the drop of a hat.
I leave for Africa tomorrow.
TOMORROW people (well, technically Wednesday am, but it's so dang early in the morning I'm considering it Tuesday)!
I am so hopeful, excited, happy, blessed, loved, scared, nervous, ecstatic, anxious, and proud all rolled into one.
And the feelings change about every 30 seconds.
I'm assured this is normal.
My mom and dad hosted a wonderful going-away party for me last night. It was the six of us (mom, dad, myself, Danny, Erica & Jay). We decorated the tree together, ate dinner and talked about our Christmas excitement and our upcoming travels (me to Africa, mom & dad to Mexico).
As I get ready to leave on my African mission, I'm reminded how blessed I am to be so loved and surrounded by such amazing family.
My mom gave me a beautiful bracelet to wear while I'm gone. She bought it when she visited Dalai Lama's chanters. It will be a thoughtful and wonderful reminder of her support and strength while I'm ministering to the young people of South Africa.
Danny & Erica gave me a beautiful travel journal to take with me.
I cried like a baby of course. But it wasn't their gifts that made me cry. It was their thoughtful words ... and their selfless act of thinking of things I would like to take with me.
Reminders of home.
That I am supported and loved beyond belief.