Friday, 9 June 2017

Time of Year

I really didn't understand what was going on in my life until a day or two ago. 
Life has been a little more busy then usual - house girl had a baby so no help at home, opening a new shop, cooking at a retreat for the Wellspring Academy graduates, visitors ... and all the rest of life. 

I also have this big monkey hanging on my back... getting out our newsletter or at least doing a prayer update. Just cannot get myself sorted and find enough creative energy to do it / them. 

They are still not done but it finally hit me what was up in my life. 

You see... it's that time of year. 
There is about a 6 - 8 week window in our lives each year that our life seems to be full of good-byes. Some days it feels like it's all we are doing. 
We say good- bye to people whom we have lived life with here for a year, two years... 10 years. 
Our kids say good-bye to their friends. 

They all leave for good things. 
Contracts are up. 
Projects are completed. 
Kids are moving on in school. 
Parents are ageing. 
Graduate school. 

So we wish them nothing but the best in life. 
We know that people are always in our life for a season - no matter where we are in the world. 

But it's still hard. 
This year again, it seems like it's too much. Not only my own grief of friends leaving but my kids as well. Sometimes my heart breaks with how many times my kids have had to say good-bye in life. 

So... somehow to find the energy and courage to write about what is happening in our life here - well, it's just not easy. 

However, with this recognition, I'm hoping and praying that I've turned a corner and you'll be hearing from us soon!!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Grace ...

Well.... Grace did NOT have diabetes. 
She did NOT have kidney failure and she did NOT have low blood pressure. 

Grace DID have typhoid AND a urinary track infection AND amoebas.

One of these is enough to deal with let alone all three at once!
No wonder she looked like she was about to die.

It has taken her a few weeks to regain her strength and rid herself of everything but as you can see... she's smiling, happy and enjoying life again. 

More than once during this time Serge and I would look at each other and say...
'This is why we do what we do.' 
If we were not in Grace's life ... there is a high probability that she would have died. 

The sad thing... Grace and her husband spent almost double going to the private 'natural' clinic than we did taking her to a proper clinic. AND they went into debt doing it.  Double ARG for us!!

Oh the life lessons and the unknown journeys we take each day.