As I sat down to write this blog, I realized I cannot really put into words how wonderful North Carolina was to our hearts. I should have pulled the camera out in the airplane as we were landing to show my fellow Texans what the color green looks like on land. From that point on North Carolina had already captured my heart.
When we decided to leave our hometown during Holden's birthday week and actual birthday, I was a little apprehensive about what that would mean. What this week ended up being was an amazing testimony of how God orchestrates every detail when His children work together around the world. I cannot possibly imagine a better way to celebrate the life God gave us a year ago.
I always look through photos of a trip and wish I had taken more. Here are a few that we did get.
I don't have a photo of Whitney and I together, but I think someone took one of us. She allowed us to take her [brand new] car all weekend, which was a tremendous blessing. Just like she is.
Chet and I stopped to eat at "Elijah's" for our first dinner in NC. We enjoyed a romantic boardwalk stroll together.
God is good.
My RUNNING PARTNERS from Snyder braved the hurricane and joined us for the weekend. It meant SO much to me that they did.
Amy, in her gift of hospitality, made every.single.detail about our stay with their family above and beyond. This is part of the reason it has taken me so long to write about this weekend. Her love was and is overwhelming to me. She is sisters with one of my dearest friends here in Snyder, and I can honestly say I thank the Lord for their friendship daily.
Look at these COOKIES!! Each day we walked into "our" bedroom filled with such love like this.
Ugandan keychain and necklace with Holden's birthstone. Such love.
We do not have a "grand total" for the races yet, which is a wonderful "problem" to have, because donations are still coming in. I KNOW that next time Amy visits Uganda, she will get to kiss those beautiful little faces and see how healthy their lives are because of the clean water they will have to mix in their formula and take baths in.
I find it a little strange that a piece of my heart lives in a country I have never even traveled to yet. Maybe it's because our son's life has such meaning there. It has taken a lot of growing this past year to understand the intricate plans God has laid out. As soon as I land on Ugandan soil, I will be taking the first ride I can get to this orphanage. I want to tell those babies how much they are loved.