Fall is always a wonderfully busy season. It’s a time for returning to routines and familiar rhythms. The drudgery of the alarm clock is counter-balanced by the joy of cheerleading, soccer games, and Cub Scout camping trips. Halloween costumes and gourds quickly make way for turkeys and family gatherings. Then it all builds to a crescendo of celebration at Christmas. It is always this way. The pace can be breathtaking, even exhausting. But we love it. Every time.
It’s safe to say that this particular Fall has been unique. We have received new and unexpected visitors onto our crowded calendars. Passport renewal applications. Closets to clean. House projects. Boxes to pack. School applications and placement tests – for a school on the other side of the world. And perhaps even more shocking, a new website.
We are increasingly living in two worlds. Both demand full attention. When it starts to seem like more than we can handle (and it does!), we remind ourselves how we got here. And why we are doing this. And who we are serving. We are so grateful we don’t have to rely on ourselves for the strength to stay on track or the peace to keep ourselves together.
Thanks to so many of you who have helped us, in big and small ways. And thanks to all of you for your prayers! For now, please pray for resilience, productivity, and peace as we focus on the present while also planning for the future. Thank you all!