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last evening in Iowa

April 18, 2015

The paperwork for Baby G is done, which is a huge relief. We fly out tomorrow afternoon.

I’ve been busy packing this week. Buying clothes for the boys, packing their favorite books, and deciding which bags to pack the diapers in. Trying to finish my desk work, writing thank-you notes to a few of the many people who deserve them, and deciding whether heavy things are worth bringing in our luggage. John is working hard on installing software on our computers and downloading some things while we have a good internet connection. During it all, we’re trying to help the boys process well and are trying to stop throughout the day to give each other hugs.

Our families are helping immensely. Just a few ways they’ve helped are: My dad and John’s dad have been packing and weighing luggage, our moms have helped organize snacks and in-flight entertainment, and my sister-in-law helped make lunch for all of us today.

Now all the boys are asleep, John and his dad are working on computer stuff, and I’m ready to move everything from here on top of my desk into one of the three only remaining categories: 1) bring along, 2) stay here, or 3) throw away.

I forget to stop a minute to look back or to look ahead. We’ve been back in the U.S. long enough that Big D has grown 5 inches. My niece, who was born right after we came back, can now sit up by herself and play with toys. We’ve visited hundreds of people who partner with us in our work through finances, prayer, and encouragement. We’ve investigated Little M’s health and have been reassured. We’ve gotten to share about Bible translation with churches and smaller groups. We’ve had a baby! We’ve stocked up on foods that aren’t very available in the Solomon Islands: pepperoni pizza, chocolate chips, french fries, hamburgers. We’ve spent wonderful time with our families. We’ve said goodbye to John’s grandparents. We’ve seen Michigan snow in the winter and Iowa tulips today.

And now I try to look past the airport security and the flights and hoping our luggage arrives with us, and I try to see what we’re going back to. To colleagues in Honiara we love and are excited to see again, and after awhile back to the island of Kolombangara. In the heat and humidity are friends and future friends who are working toward the same goal we are, and the same goal to which many of you contribute: giving Solomon Islanders the chance to read God’s Word in the language they best understand. Strengthening churches overseas, helping people know that God knows their language.

Hard. Worth it.

-Lori

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2015 1:41 am

    YES! Both hard and worth it!!! Hang in there, sweet friend, we will be on the other end to help ease your transition 🙂

  2. Dorothy (Dot) James permalink
    April 19, 2015 8:05 am

    I loved reading this post this morning, Lori. I could SO identify, and my heart and prayers are traveling with you, and also staying behind with your loved ones as you all bid loving farewells, And absolutely, totally in agreement with the “Hard. Worth it.” So glad you have loving people on both ends of this journey, and your loving Lord with all of you, and these loved ones too, every step of the way, all the way!! Much love, dj

  3. Roxanne permalink
    April 19, 2015 1:47 pm

    Love and prayers, my friend! Met a woman from Kolambangara last week, here for a Peace and Reconciliation workshop (Beverly? Ugh my sieve-like brain) – folks are keen for you to be back and for work to continue. Doesn’t change the hardness, but yes, it is worth it. See you soon! Praying many blessings and travel mercies along the way.xx

  4. Erin permalink
    April 19, 2015 1:57 pm

    I started crying reading that. Love you!

  5. Carolyn permalink
    April 19, 2015 10:31 pm

    Just found out about this blog and am excited for the opportunity to stay connected with you. Our leaving the USA last year was far from easy so can sympathize but it will be worth it! Keep focusing on the happy-to-see you folks waiting at this end of your trip!

  6. john stanfod permalink
    April 20, 2015 6:45 am

    Wonderfully authentic words! Gives us great insight into your inner self and what it means to you and your losses and hopes and sweet awareness of things and people and anticipation. God is pleased with you and will be with you in the airports, planes and there in the South Pacific.

    John Stanford

  7. Steve Hornbrook permalink
    April 20, 2015 11:14 am

    So thankful for the times with you during your HA, and to travel with you through prayers and financial support. Exciting too, to read through these comments and recognize some names of mutual friends in the SI, like Joanna and Roxanne!

    It will be worth it all
    when we see Jesus!
    All trials will seem so small
    when we see Christ!
    One glimpse of His dear face
    all sorrow will erase!
    So bravely run the race
    till we see Christ!

    Love you all, praying for you!

  8. Tricia permalink
    April 21, 2015 1:23 pm

    My prayers are with you as you arrive today and transition back in to your new normal. I can’t think of you guys without shedding a tear. “It is hard, yet worth it.” I know God is smiling at your perseverance. Love, hugs, and prayers are sent your way!

  9. Becky permalink
    May 19, 2015 12:32 pm

    Praying for you, Friend! ❤

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