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Jet-lagged Thoughts

I am going to preface everything I am about to say with I have just gotten off an airplane and just sat down after going to find food for the family. These are very jet-lagged thoughts. As we got on a plane to go back home some time yesterday, I thought back to a long journey. Not just a journey from Nashville to Edinburgh, but the journey that brought me to the point in life that I find myself today.

On Being Home

Have been home for almost a month. Time has flown by. I can't really get my head around the fact that we are already half of the way through this trip. A few people have asked if we are ready to go back to Edinburgh yet. The answer I have given is yes, but that's only because we are looking forward to sleeping again. The trip so far has been nonstop. We have loved it and it is great, but it is exhausting.

#TheologyThursday: Travel Edition

This one is going to be fast because we are at the Edinburgh airport about to board a flight to London. After a quick trip down to London we get on a flight to Miami. Short jump over the pond and we board a flight to Nashville. In less than 24 hours we will be home and vacation/work/visa application/conference trip begins. We are looking forward to this time.

Home Again Home Again

Last week I was writing about how I only had two more sleeps before I would be home. Today I sit in my living room writing this blog update. It is good to be home. I didn't realize how much I missed my family until that afternoon when I walked into the house and saw Taryn and Calvin. It was a precious moment.

2 More Sleeps

I was talking to Taryn and Calvin this morning on FaceTime. Calvin was telling me all about what he was going to do today. He was going to ride a bike. If he falls, he will wipe his hands off (something I taught him). He will play in water. Then he plans to go up, up, up, up a slide. When he gets to the top, 'uh oh' (which means he will go down). It was great. I miss them. I miss waking up in the morning and making breakfast for Taryn and Calvin. I miss early morning coffee with Taryn when the house is still quiet. Two more sleeps and then I am home.

Longing for Home

When I was going to on the mission field, Mission to the World (MTW) required me (and all the missionaries going on the field at the time) to go through a pre-field training. It was a really great experience. I learned about language learning, adapting to being on the field, learning to be a learner, and many other important issues for life as missionary. The one topic that was mentioned, though not discussed in depth, was cultural fatigue or in some cases, homesickness. This portion of the training has stuck with me, and I am regularly reminded of it.

Living in Small Spaces

Many of you might remember the difficulties we had finding a place to live when we arrived in Edinburgh. Not only was it at the tail end of their International festival (a big music and arts festival every year held in Edinburgh) but it was also the beginning of the school year which meant that every student in the world was arriving in Edinburgh and looking for a place to live. Okay – slight exaggeration, but it certainly felt like it. As we were beginning our flat search it quickly became evident the we were about to embark on a period of small space living.

 

Buses, Bagpipes and Bright Sunny Days

Today marks one week since we arrived in Edinburgh. A couple of first impressions of our whirlwind of a first week include catching more buses than I can remember (did I ever catch a bus in the States?) - this definitely takes me back to living in Bogota. The sound of bagpipes as you are walking down the street – nothing like it. Beautiful weather. The weather has been glorious. Beautiful sunny days with a bit of a chill in the air help all the walking we have been doing.