We filed for court on Tuesday. I thought that meant we would be in court the next day since that's what the lawyer said, but alas, everything that exits a person's mouth is not always true. You would think I would have learned that by now.
The seven month anniversary of me actually being in Zambia has come and gone today. Don't think for a second that it went unnoticed. I'm now working on month 8. Awesome.
|The Kids petting Jate|
|Josie, Jate, and "A Derby".|
|Josie carrying the sweetest little puppy.|
|Best roommate ever making best Nshima ever!|
|Evolet and Jate|
|A girl's best friend. How cute is that?|
|This girl is preciousness wrapped up in the sweetest lil package!|
So God has seen fit to teach me MANY things in my time in Africa. Even though I cannot wait to step foot back inside my own country and my own house, I will never be able to look back on this time as a waste. Here are just a few things I've learned...
1. Life is hard.
2. Life is harder than you thought.
3. Life is hard and that's the only aspect that many of the people in this world see. But there's always beauty if you determine to find it under all the pain.
4. Africa is NOT hot all the time and they call it "cold season" for a reason.
5. The word "Mommy" can get annoying, but you also never get tired of it. That's a paradox only a mother can ever understand.
6. A three year old's chuckle can make my bad day turn happy:)
7. "Jesus, Take the Wheel" is a song that should be taken seriously when crossing paths with a mini-bus driver.
8. I'm far from perfect...in fact I barely have a handle on life most of the time.
9. Don't brag on your children--God will think it's funny and humble you almost immediately...you'll laugh too.
10. Kids are born really sinful...but also very teachable. They tend to watch and repeat.
11. The Psalms never get old.
12. When things get to the point where you do a "happy dance" everytime someone poops in the potty you will look in the mirror and wonder who the freak is looking back. But you'll smile.
13. God provides...when you least expect it and sometimes from means you didn't imagine.
14. Friends can help you carry your burdens and you should let them. God sends them to you.
15. It's smart to make a plan for using every drop of water that comes out of the faucet...it could stop at any second.
16. I can survive a freezing cold shower--I may scream like a crow, but I will live to see how the rest of the day turns out.
17. When the lights go out, just sing and dance, have pie for dinner, and enjoy making your kids laugh with shadow puppets.
18. I can wash clothes--by hand and in cold water--and they are wearable!!!!
19. I never would have chosen to live away from my husband for this amount of time, but I love him even more than I did in November.
20. I never would have chosen to go through the struggles I have, but I feel a SMALL kinship in Christ's sufferings that I never would have known otherwise. I love HIM more than I did in November.
21. Christ paid a price to ransom my soul for adoption. I've done very little in comparison.
22. You can be friends with a spider. You really can...as long as he stays on his spot on the wall.
24. You can love three children equally and admire their individual strengths. It's a phenomenon I will never understand.
25. Andrew Peterson change your outlook on life for the day.
26. God doesn't promise that being more like him will be easy.
27. Jesus said pray for your daily bread for a reason...you only get through life one day at a time with grace for each moment.
28. That grace is abundant and God has always given me enough to get through each day. He does not forsake his children so I will trust him no matter what.
29. The best things in life are worth the struggle, blood, sweat, tears, and cries to heaven.
30. Heaven sounds better when the weight of this world is crushing you.
31. Life is a vapor.
32. Love never fails.