10 June, 2008

Can’t Wait for August!

We love being in Costa Rica.  After all, there is no better place in the world to be than exactly where God wants you, and right now God wants us here.  God has blessed us with a fairly easy transition into the culture and has given us many good relationships here in our new home.

That being said, we are VERY excited for our visit to the states this August.  It’s not that we want to move back, but we definitely miss our families, our friends, and our church.

Having moved around a lot while growing up, I got used to being in new places and getting adjusted to new surroundings.  I never really remember missing a particular house, or a particular city, but I most certainly remember missing people.

Here is a quick summary of my moves:

  1. Born in California
  2. Moved to North Carolina shortly thereafter
  3. Moved back across the country to Washington State
  4. Next back to North Carolina
  5. Then on to Oklahoma
  6. Independence, Missouri
  7. San Mateo, California
  8. Independence, Missouri
  9. Missoula, Montana to help start a new church
  10. Back to Kansas City, Missouri
  11. And now, San Jose, Costa Rica

Lots of moves, I know.  Many people ask me if it was hard moving around so much.  I always explain that it was not hard, in fact it was my version of normal.  Having moved around all my life, I didn’t know any different.  In hindsight, God was preparing me for the part of His plan that includes moving to countries other than the one I was born in.  :-)

Please don’t misunderstand, I miss Kansas City summers where you open the front door of your house to leave and the heat hits you in the face like you just opened the oven door after your wife baked cookies, but most of all I miss the people and relationships there.

One of the blessings of moving to a new place is the new relationships that are waiting for you there.  So in addition to the existing relationships that are now a little further away (in distance), we get to make new friends in the next place God has us.

In August we will have been in Costa Rica, and physically separated from family and friends in the states, for one year.  It is amazing how the impact of not seeing someone for one year is amplified when you are several countries away.  So we are definitely looking forward to the visit. 

If you happen to be one of the people we are blessed to visit during our time in the states and we hug you a little tighter than usual, now you know why.  :-)

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