Processing being home

16 Dec

Today I called in sick.  Lots of laundry to do.  Stomach not doing so hot.  I am mostly trying to process being home.  Today I thanked God for my bed as I made it.  I thought about my heater, my insulation, and the fact that I can go to my fridge and get something to eat when I am hungry. 

I prayed that God would give Andrew and I words to say when people asked us about our trip.  What can we say?  It was amazing.  My favorites:  being invited to have an authentic Swahili lunch in someone’s home, spending time with the family and getting to know them in their element, gaining a heart for the work they are doing in East Africa, praying that God’s light would shine in the dark places of that country. 

There are so many pictures, I had a hard time trying to decide which ones to share, so here is my attempt.



This is Dawn learning to shave a coconut with the family’s worker, Monica









The family around the dinner table.






Henna.  Its almost gone now, but I loved it!  The store we went to opened up to this girl’s home.  While they ‘painted’ us, we were also served some traditional Indian snacks.  They were so hospitable.





Andrew and I in front of one of the hotels we stayed at. 







On our Safari.  Nancy was not able to come with all the kids so it was just the 4 of us.


I love zebras!!  We saw giraffes, 3 lions, warthogs, elephants, impalas (like a gazelle), hippos, crocodiles (we saw some crocs eating a baby hippo), and a leopard!!!!!



Our stop-off in Amsterdam.  What a beautiful city!!  Andrew had long sleeves and pants this time but it was still bitter cold.  We only had a few hours, but they were well spent. 

Glad to be home!!!  Thanks for all your support.

5 Responses to “Processing being home”

  1. Michelle December 17, 2008 at 6:13 p12 #

    awesome. thanks for sharing. looking forward to hearing more stories. I know it is hard to process what God shows you and teaches you. I went to the Philippines for a summer and it humbled me and taught me to be blessed with what we have in America, and to be greatful for the little things!

  2. amfunches December 17, 2008 at 6:13 p12 #

    Did you journal while you were there? I am so glad that you and Andrew had a good time. I pray for the day that Mark will go on a missions trip overseas with me!

  3. Mrs. Dunbar December 17, 2008 at 6:13 p12 #

    Glad you are home safe and sound. Can’t wait to hear all of the details. The Salley’s were totally blessed by your faithfulness, thanks for stepping out.
    Amsterdam in pretty awesome… even if you don’t do drugs. Ha.

  4. Susan December 18, 2008 at 6:13 p12 #

    Loved hearing about your trip, especially about the time spent in people’s homes. I am always intrigued to see how other people live their normal lives, outside of the USA. Your pictures were great! We all got hennas when we went to Hawaii a few years ago. It was one of the highlights of our trip! Welcome home!

  5. mamirhi December 21, 2008 at 6:13 p12 #

    glad you’re home safely and were so blessed out there! so cool! tell andrew i’m diggin’ his beard. looks good. love you guys!

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