I wish it was easier to explain my feelings about being back from Ghana.
In case you just started following along with our journey, feel free to check out our post about preparing for our trip to Ghana with Ghana Children’s Fund and our other adoption posts first.
As I was saying, I wish it was easier. I wish the thoughts and images flying through my head could just transport themselves onto paper because it’s nearly impossible for me to put into words our experience, how we’ve changed, and what it’s like to process being back.
Preparing for something you know will change you, change your heart, is complicated … it’s challenging, overwhelming, emotional.
I went to Ghana for the first time last summer with my friend, Molly. It was new and exciting, but also filled me with much anxiety. I felt as though I was going to Africa on a whim, but at the same time following God’s leading. I didn’t know what to expect, I was nervous about the kids liking me, I was self conscious about my vanity that I’ve struggled with since high-school, I was curious what the culture would look like, I was sure I would be touched and grow closer to God, but I didn’t expect my view of the world and of faith to be changed all that much.
I’ve tried to write this post a few times now, and each time, I end up pressing the delete button, not being satisfied with the words on the screen … the words I write, trying to describe my experience in Ghana always fall short in depth and meaning. They probably always will, as I’m sure I haven’t even discovered how deeply the Ghanaian orphans have rooted themselves in my heart. Continue Reading
I’m laying on my foam mat in my room in Ghana right now … African music from town streaming in through the open door. Life moves slowly here but somehow my days are going by so quickly.
Sometimes I love being here and other times not so much, but either way, I love showing the Ghanaian orphans love … holding and playing with them, even in the midst of them tugging on my hair, hands, and anything else they can get a hold of. If I can make even one kid feel loved and cherished while I’m here, my trip will have been more than worth it. Continue Reading
As wedding season hits and all our exciting weddings are just around the corner, I can’t help be realize that this also means our trip to Europe is even closer. I have now been to France in the Spring and Winter, and this year, Jeremy and I will be visiting Southern France and Italy in the Fall. I couldn’t be more thrilled for this trip. In-between meetings with brides, shooting weddings, and lots of editing, I will be trying to be diligent with my Rosetta Stone. Continue Reading