If home is where the heart is, we have been quite at home these last two weeks, travelling with our three children and visiting many dear relatives in Nebraska and Montana. Good old fashion fun was the agenda of our visits to the Black Hills in South Dakota and the Tetons in Wyoming. Photographers captured our expressions as we rafted whitewater in the Snake River near the Tetons, and Rebecca got to “ride the bull” at one of the turbulent parts of the river.
Our hearts are still full with thankfulness for the many friends who helped us move out of our home, preparing it for renters in late July, and for the caring commissioning prayer at our home church. We have just a few errands left and more family good-byes before heading separate ways for the next two years. Julia heads down to Indiana Wesleyan on Sunday, 8/17; Rebecca heads over to Wheaton College on Saturday, 8/23 and Linda, Joel and John fly to Kenya on Monday, 8/18. We all know we are going to the places where God has called us, so despite the pain of splitting apart for a time, we rejoice that God is going with us. And in that sense, we are all homeward bound.