Monday, June 11, 2007

counting down the hours...

Posted by Curt, but written by Courtney...

This month has been filled with much anticipation as I get ready for my first trip overseas! I stayed really busy at Starbucks this month, which helped pass the time, but I've been ready to get on that plane this whole week:) It's weird, thinking that it's been a month since I've seen my teammates for the India trip, and I'm so excited that I get to see everyone again tonight! We're having a "last supper" tonight and then we're all meeting at the airport tomorrow morning. Thoughts of India have consumed my mind for so long now...I find myself imagining what the air will feel like, what different smells there will be, how the chai tea will taste, the loud sounds of the city...but knowing the whole time that I really have no clue what my experience will be like. I know I will just take everything I'm in a completely different culture with adventures waiting to happen! And I realize that I'm equally excited to just experience the culture and people and sights of India, as I am to be used by God in this poor part of the world. I love new things...I always have. Whether it's the start of a new school year, trying new foods, making a new friend, trying a different sport...I just love doing things that are out of the ordinary, out of my comfort excites me and while I'm a little nervous about stepping into this completely different world, I'm just overwhelmed with excitement because it's something new and different. I also feel like God has really placed India on my heart for the past couple years, and it makes me excited to be able follow Him into the unknown...follow Him and see what makes His heart break...follow Him and be touched by the faces I'll see there.

I feel like I'm a mess right much is going on in my mind I don't really know how to respond to it all...or how to put it into words. All I know is I'm so excited for this adventure to start! I've been counting down the days, and now the hours, as I just wait for tomorrow to come:) I'm ready to soak it all in and eager to do whatever God has planned for me.

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As of May 27, 2009...

Wow, it's been almost a year since we've updated this. Our family had a wonderful experience traveling to Uganda two summers ago, which prompted us to keep a journal on this blog. You can read our daily journal from our month long trip

This year brings new adventures. Our eldest daughter, Courtney, after graduating from George Fox University with honors, left for her third trip to India to spend nearly a YEAR to work at Happy Home for the Handicapped in Shimoga, India. You can read about her first trip to India and the impact it had on her life here. She'll also give us new updates from her current trip on this site (here). As of this writing, she is just starting to settle in and is very excited to be there. She has been looking forward to this for a long time!

Meanwhile, Hillary spent all of last year
touring the western U.S. with Matsiko, the choir of children we grew to love as our own in Uganda. She journalled about her experiences in Uganda if you'd like to see what that was like. At some point during this tour, she felt led to join the U.S. Army. Quite a big decision, and one she didn't take lightly. After moving through Basic Training with flying colors, she is now at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio training to become a combat medic. It's a very intense training, but we're sure she'll do well. Our whole family was able to travel to South Carolina to watch her graduate from Basic Training. What an awe inspiring experience!

Leslie is having a great year of teaching 5th graders. She's also in a Master's program, which takes a good chunk of her time. She's still finds time to read a TON of books. Literally, a ton!

Curt was overwhelmed by his experience as a first time overseas traveler and kept up his journal here (you can also read his random posts on everyday life here). The busyness of life and keeping track of his traveling kids has slowed down his writing, but he hopes to begin writing on a regular basis again soon.