Beginning of the Beginning The last few days have been a complete whirl wind. I feel like this phrase has become my new mantra here lately, as it has been the complete and absolute truth. The days seem to begin to whiz by and as if there already was not enough time in the days, the hours seemed to some how shorten when the departure date was so steadily approaching while so much remained to be completed.
I am learning so much about myself already in this process, and we hadn't even left yet. I have also learned that time management and organization are not my strengths. It was also noted that I have a tendency to form attachments to "stuff", as I have come across so many items in the packing process that held some sort of "significant memory" for me, which made narrowing down what I wanted to choose, so difficult.

So we made it down to the day before we were to leave it was my wonderful husbands 40th birthday. So of course I i…
The Unbelievable has Become Believable. This week has been full of big changes and accomplishments for our family as we are so quickly approaching our departure date. It is hard to believe how fast time is going by. The days are all turning into big whirls of emotions and task lists of things that need completing. As I write this we are less than 8 days out and our house literally looks as if a bomb has went off in the center of it.
I feel as if we (I, as my husband has been a rock that has accomplished so much) keep walking in circles when it comes time to get something done.

We did complete two big things this week. The first being the biggest of all, and one thing that I have prayed about for so many years! My amazing husband formally adopted my oldest daughter on May 31, 2017. Our entire household all has the same name, such a huge blessing! This blessing has given us the task of trying to expedite a new passport for her prior to our depar…
Today was a remarkable day, and will definitely go down as a day when our Lord once again showed up and made it clear to both Brad and I that we are on the right path as far as following His call for us to come work aboard the Mercy Ships in Africa. Today our small "home church" of probably 100 members ( and that is probably being very generous, and counting all our college students, because of course we count them as part of our members I mean come on!) put together this incredibly sweet lunch that was a "last stitch" effort to raise support, as well as to allow those with any "burning" questions the opportunity to have them answered (if we even have an answer to the question at hand) as well as to serve as a last opportunity for fellowship with some of the church members with our family, as we leave in 20 days.

     TWENTY DAYS!!!!! And that is on the plane en route to training in Texas, won't be home before we then fly out to Africa on July 19…
Here we sit, at 11:11 the night before church, at our good friends/family's house; trying to figure out how to create a blog for this crazy, amazing, absolutely unbelievable adventure our family is nearly 20 days from embarking on. That math is completely accurate, despite asking my husband as he would tell you my math skills are flawed and they don't make sense. I will keep this first post short as I have to force myself to leave to head home so that we can sleep before what will be our last presentation to our "home" church before we set sail for the MercyShips.
       Thank you once again to the ever so gracious and amazing Scott and Terrie Gerger for once again opening your home and pulling out all the stops to help us. These two have spent countless hours praying for us, and helping us, I could spend and equal amount of time just writing about all they have done to support us in our mission. We are so blessed to call you family. Thank you Scott for helpin…