Hello…

Is this thing on? It’s been a minute since I’ve been in this space. Two months, I think. I hit a blogging wall after summer, and I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to continue here after 10 solid years of faithful blogging. Rather than making that decision, I took a break.

I didn’t realize how much I needed to step back from this space. While it has been such a fun way to journal our lives, I felt like content generation was becoming a chore rather than a joy. I’m still not sure how long I am going to keep going, but I feel like the finish line isn’t here yet.

If you follow me on Instagram, you maybe saw that I took a little trip last month to Thailand. I was pretty quiet about it leading up to departure.

I think I’m ready to start talking about it.

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It’s going to take some time to sort through my images and thoughts, but I will say that this trip was incredible. Those that know me well, or who have read here for any length of time know that Thailand is a huge portion of my life and heart. I’ve either traveled to or lived in Bangkok since 1994. Nothing has changed for me; I still love it so.

While it’s always hard for me to leave after trips such as these, I am grateful for those that traveled with me. It’s such a gift to have women from our church here that now get it. One struggle that I have had over the years since moving back to the states is not really having anyone who could empathize with the heartbreak of leaving. One of the greatest balms to my soul during the week was one fellow traveler who asked me, “How in the world are you able to live around Peachtree City after this?” Yeah. That. She got it. Peachtree City is affectionately known as “The Bubble” and Thailand is so not “The Bubble”.  I hadn’t realized how badly I needed someone to understand that after all these years. It healed me, in an unexpected way.

And on healing…when I returned back to the states a few weeks ago, I could tell that a huge shift had taken place and that right here is where I am supposed to be. It’s hard to explain, but as much as I would drop everything and fly back to Thailand tomorrow, I can see the wisdom of this time and space that we are in. I don’t have all the answers, by any means, but these last three weeks have shown me how much our presence is needed right here. There are people both old and brand-new that God is asking us to do life with, and love fiercely.

My prayer is to be able to continue visits to Thailand as God allows. What a gift that would be. However, this next phase of life right here is pretty promising, too.

 

 

 

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