We said we weren’t going to think about all our “lasts” leading up to leaving for Haiti. The last time to eat here, the last time to see them, and it goes on and on. I suppose we just wanted as natural of a transition to our new life in Haiti as possible. Despite trying to avoid this, I found myself a couple days ago as we sat around the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day, thinking just that. I allowed the thought to stay because I realized I wasn’t sad at all when I realized that this will be our last Thanksgiving with family for awhile, it actually made me smile. I smiled because I felt so grateful for that moment. I (Austin) have not spent Thanksgiving with my family for several years. So being able to be in Oklahoma on Thanksgiving, with Martha, and surrounded by incredible people that we love, definitely made me smile. That moment on Thanksgiving Day put an exclamation point on an encouraging couple weeks where we have been constantly reminded of God’s faithfulness.
Here are some highlights…
Successfully packing up/giving away/selling our stuff, cleaning our apartment, and saying goodbyes to Seattle friends
Completely our 2,600 miles cross country journey and arriving in Oklahoma in one piece
Learning that our monthly support has continued to increase in the month of November (closing in on 90%!)
Receiving Martha’s new passport safely in the mail
Having an awesome family in Oklahoma that would receive us with open arms and allow us to live with them
Arriving just in time for Thanksgiving, eating great food, enjoying family traditions, and being reunited with distant relatives and friends
God has been so good to us lately. Of course there are always bumps along the way, but we have been reminded recently of how faithful God is despite our own shortcomings and the craziness of life. How are you seeing God work in your life recently? We would love to hear!