Back from Africa!

My plane landed back in Indy on Saturday night, and since then I have spent a lot of time sleeping and in the restroom, as my stomach decided it didn’t like something I gave it at some point during the latter part of the week.┬áMy bed has remained unmade for two days. I left my apartment one time to go to the grocery store, which coincided with the only time I have put on real clothes.

This afternoon, though, I began to feel back to normal a bit. I unpacked, did a load of laundry, cooked dinner, cleaned out my work inbox in preparation for going back tomorrow, and tidied up my apartment.

There is much I am still processing through from my week in Benin, and I will be writing several posts in the coming days/weeks. We had a slight miscommunication during the trip, and all of my photos are currently on the laptop still in Benin with the rest of the team, so I will probably wait for those to begin my reflections.

But know this, we serve an awesome God who does amazing things in the lives of people, and it was a blessing to be a small part of seeing over 50 men and women put their trust in Jesus during the past 8 days!! So many great stories that I look forward to sharing with you!

P.S. for dinner tonight, I made white cheddar mac n’ cheese. The box said that you can substitute yogurt for the milk, and since I had the former and not the latter I decided to try it…let me just say, it doesn’t work with Greek Yogurt. The result was thick, yogurt tasting macaroni, with no hint of white cheddar. Sadness. Good to know for next time though!



Thankful Thursday: February 16th

As this week comes closer to an end, I am thankful today for these 5 things:

1. Sunshine in the midst of rainy days. So good for my soul and general outlook on life. I love how quickly the presence of the sun can lift a gloomy mood and put a smile on my face. And I love watching the same thing happen to those around me when it breaks through!

2. Having fun at work! We got some new TV’s for childcare to replace our old ones (hooray!), and we want to make sure they all work before we put them in storage until the fall. So, this afternoon is team bonding/movie time for the conference team.

3. Vaccines. Although they are quite pricey, I am thankful that I am now protected from Typhoid, Malaria and Yellow Fever for my upcoming trip to Benin!

4. Getting a hotel for IKW (finalllllllllyyyyyyyy!!!!!). I’ve been working on this since last summer. Last. Summer. The hotel we are going to is not our first choice, but we are thankful that they have both sleeping rooms AND meeting space on the weekend we would like to have the conference. Apparently we picked the same weekend that everyone and their mom planned their event in Indianapolis as well. So glad we serve a God who provides above and beyond what we can imagine!

5. The unstoppable, never-gives up or fails, everlasting and complete love of Jesus.