We were en route to the US after three and a half years in South Africa. We had no plans to go back overseas after our years abroad, which also include Nicaragua and China. There was a temporary home awaiting us, but every other building block of daily existence was up in the air. No job. No plans. No permanent church community. No idea where we’d live after six months. Phoebe (7) was heading off to school for the first time, and Zeke (5) to follow in the fall. No car. (OK, we did have a 15 year-old car with 200,000 miles on it, thanks to my folks.)
Looking back over the past year, then, I see Providence weaving together a life worth living, a thriving existence. While I’ve spent more than my share of time pacing in the wee hours, God has worked to fill in all the blanks of life:
- Chrissy’s book, Into the Mud, was released, and we traveled and spoke to groups about stories of our inspiring friends in South Africa.
- I got a job with InterVarsity, working on communications. I’ve commented to Chrissy that it’s hard to imagine any job in the Midwest being a better match. I use my skills in writing, photography, strategy, and humor to do something I believe in—sharing good news about Jesus with college students and constructively engaging our culture.
- Fantastic coworkers.
- Phoebe and Zeke are in school and doing well.
- We’re all healthy.
- We found a small but suitable apartment in a great neighborhood. (And we’ve just gotten preapproval for a mortgage—no small feat after years living in no-credit-history areas—so we’re shopping for a house!)
- Making new friends in our neighborhood is a joy, and Madison is a hoot.
- Chrissy won a big award from the UW.
- We’ve gotten involved with a new church called The Vine that has great vision and people.
And so I thank God, our family, and all the good people who’ve welcomed us back to the U.S. Thanks!