From Les Cayes, Haiti to Roanoke, IL…… Where do I start???? I’m sorry for the lack of updates on our family. We have been busy settling into what was once a very familiar, comfortable place and culture, to what now feels a little different. It isn’t that life in Roanoke has really changed, but we now see things through different eyes. Living in a different culture, and the experiences that we have been given while living in Haiti, has changed our point of view. I’ve been thinking about this post for the past couple of months, and the words just don’t come easily. So, I keep putting off writing an update. I think to myself, how do I wrap up 5 yrs of joys, difficulties, relationships, challenges, etc into a blog post? It is overwhelming. I can’t even begin to explain the vast differences between cultures, society, people, and environment, from a small island in the Caribbean, to small town Illinois, much less the emotion and feelings behind it. For now I can share what is most important to us, and that is the one constant in it all, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ crosses every boundary, and for that, we are beyond thankful and grateful. We don’t have to transition using our own strength and resources, but we turn to the Lord, who is knows all and is sovereign over all.
We flew out of Port au Prince on April 4th, and spent 1 week in Florida. We had a great, relaxing week together. It was good to decompress and process our last few weeks in Haiti. We unpacked our suitcases into a small house in Roanoke, Illinois. We were so blessed to be able to move right in. The entire house had a fresh coat of paint, was cleaned, stocked, and ready for us to move in. We are so thankful for our family and friends who prepared everything for us. We even had our dog from Haiti, Izzy, waiting for us! Scott took a couple of weeks before starting his job, to do a few remodeling projects on our house. He did a great job, and even had the girls laying flooring. He and the girls also built a wood-fired pizza oven in our back yard. It was a great project for them to work on together, and we have thoroughly enjoyed having family and friends over for pizza!
For a few personal updates…. Scott works full-time for a local construction company, and is enjoying the challenges of his new position. Bri is now a CNA (certified nurses aid), and is working at a local nursing home, as well as taking online college courses. She is majoring in Nursing. Chloe is working at a local dog grooming/boarding business, and loves caring for the dogs. Gabby has enjoyed babysitting this summer. Both Chloe and Gabby will be home-schooled this fall. I am busy behind the scenes, trying to keep everything moving smoothly. We have enjoyed reconnecting with family, friends, and even some of our fellow missionaries this summer!
Thank you for your prayers and support, as well as the love you have shown us. We are humbled by your love and generosity. Our transition back to Roanoke, has not been without its challenges, but overall, our family is doing well. We have had an overwhelming sense of peace during this transition, knowing that we are where God wants us for now. A common question we get asked, “Does it feel like home yet?” It is a hard question for us to answer. As a family, we have learned that our “home” is not a physical dwelling place, it is where ever we are together. So, yes, it feels like “home,” but so did Haiti. In the bigger scheme of life, we know we won’t truly be “home” until we reach our heavenly home. Please continue to pray for us, as we process and integrate what God has taught us over the past 5 yrs. He has molded and shaped us in many different ways, and we want to be true to what we have learned, to apply it to our life here. God is faithful and good. We have so much to be thankful for, including you! God’s blessings to you all!
To those that are from out of town, especially those that we have gotten to know from work-teams, we would love to reconnect with you state side. If you are ever in the mid-west, let us know!