Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gabriel....about 5 years ago!
I am currently sitting at the car shop.  My car is getting a final check through before I hand off the keys to the new owner.  It is hard to wrap myself around the reality that in just about 5 weeks, I will be boarding a plane  and heading thousands of miles away.  When my prayer cards came in the mail, I gave one to my little nephew, Gabriel.  Turning the picture over in his hands, he looked at me and asked "Why are you doing this?"  I paused and swallowed the immediate lump that formed in my throat.  I know that God has opened this door for me to head over and yet, leaving loved ones behind is by far, the hardest.  Gabriel and I have had good conversations and I believe that He understands the "why" behind my leaving.  He just doesn't want his aunt Kimmy to leave and I don't blame him.  I don't want to leave him or so many others as well.  I am  savoring every moment now.  And I am filled with peace that comes only from God. I know I am where He wants me. Technically, I have one more week of work and then I'll be heading off to see different family members around the country.  I'll  then return back to Fort Wayne and just hang with peeps here before I take off on January 5th.  Prayer and financial support are coming in and I am getting through the long list of things to do.  The next three nights are filled to the brim with TIME with friends.  Tonight, my Fort Wayne friend, Tasha is throwing me an African shower.  I head off to the Chicago area tomorrow where I will again, be surrounded by friends celebrating this next chapter of my life.  Thank you Jesus for surrounding me with so many dear friends and family.  In the coming weeks and months, I anticipate more frequent entries filled with pictures and stories of HIS faithfulness in not only my life, but in those around me.

My big bro and my nephew, Benjamin... two of the same pod fo sure!  Borrowed my camera....