One of the things I love most about living in Colorado is how many amazing weekend getaways are just a few hours away. Telluride’s Via Ferrata is a mountain route equipped with fixed cables and ladders. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been and a place I’ll be visiting again soon.
A few weekends ago, we headed to Grand Lake with a couple of friends. It’s one of the best places to get away in Colorado during our summers when we just need to breathe. There’s not many things that beat a weekend in the mountains with great friends, a camera, and a little wine.
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. Continue Reading
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.
Now my first trip has come and gone and I’ve had a year to reminisce on my precious memories. Ghana changed me, the kids there changed me, but mostly God changed me and in big ways. He continues to lead me in a way that I never had foreseen life going, changing my thoughts and beliefs about the world and slowly moving me to view life, people and His Son the way He does.
As I’m preparing for Ghana 2014, going with more people than just my one friend, I’m left wondering what it will look like, what God will teach me, how He will move me, and how He will lead Jeremy and me as a couple. I’m once again excited, but also once again anxious. I’m entering this experience with a more open heart than I did even last time and I know I can be confident that God will show up … I’m thankful that as we walk into an unknown future, we can trust in a known God.
So, here’s to preparation, surrendering my heart, and to Ghana 2014.
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