Mission Life: Month 8

It's hard to believe another month has come and gone. For us, June was a time of much needed reflection and self-care. After it seemed for a bit time was standing still and we were at our homesick high (or low) we found ourselves struggling to be present in the moment and enjoy the time here. June however, allowed us to take a bit of a step back to try to gain our composure. We were allowed to take the last two weeks of the month to get away from our works with the Salesians and celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary on a road trip through Namibia. Namibia is a beautiful country filled with scenery which makes you think at times you may have left the planet earth altogether. It is also very scarcely populated (the least of any African country) and provides a sense of solitude living in community on the property of two schools just doesn't allow for!

We have started to think about our transition back home and the anxiety and excitement of it all is almost too much to take in at times. As we struggle to be mindful and also begin to realize the reality of having to say a more permanent goodbye to those here to return home please keep us in your prayers. We are trying to trust God to care for us and lead us where he intends for us to be upon our return home just as He has thus far, but admittedly not having much of a plan is difficult for us and at times we doubt. Along with all these emotions, the highs of celebrating our anniversary and visiting new places and the lows of being homesick, but also uncertain and sad to leave we still feel overwhelmed when we realize our blessings. I write this update on both the anniversary of my granny's death and the feast of St. Thomas, whose doubt thankfully enables us to have increased faith and am reminded of their examples and in them find hope for the future, whatever it may bring.

With the fourth of July also upon us we reflect how much more appreciative we are after this experience to have true "independence" in America as we have witnessed here is never something to take for granted. The sheer fact I am able to update each of you and if I chose to do so while in America could even post my personal opinions on a public forum about anyone- including the leaders of the country if I so choose- is truly a beautiful thing! This weekend we will get to celebrate our Independence Day with all the Americans in Eswatini at a pot luck hosted by the US Embassy and we are happy to have such supports and reminders of home even while so far away.

Video Journal
Month Eight: a few seconds a day in the lives of two Salesian Lay Missioners in Eswatini (and this month, South Africa and Namibia too!).

MISSION LIFE: MONTH 8

It's hard to believe another month has come and gone. For us, June was a time of much needed reflection and self-care. After it seemed for a bit time was standing still and we were at our homesick high (or low) we found ourselves struggling to be present in the moment and enjoy the time here. June however, allowed us to take a bit of a step back to try to gain our composure. We were allowed to take the last two weeks of the month to get away from our works with the Salesians and celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary on a road trip through Namibia. Namibia is a beautiful country filled with scenery which makes you think at times you may have left the planet earth altogether. It is also very scarcely populated (the least of any African country) and provides a sense of solitude living in community on the property of two schools just doesn't allow for!

We have started to think about our transition back home and the anxiety and excitement of it all is almost too much to take in at times. As we struggle to be mindful and also begin to realize the reality of having to say a more permanent goodbye to those here to return home please keep us in your prayers. We are trying to trust God to care for us and lead us where he intends for us to be upon our return home just as He has thus far, but admittedly not having much of a plan is difficult for us and at times we doubt. Along with all these emotions, the highs of celebrating our anniversary and visiting new places and the lows of being homesick, but also uncertain and sad to leave we still feel overwhelmed when we realize our blessings. I write this update on both the anniversary of my granny's death and the feast of St. Thomas, whose doubt thankfully enables us to have increased faith and am reminded of their examples and in them find hope for the future, whatever it may bring.

With the fourth of July also upon us we reflect how much more appreciative we are after this experience to have true "independence" in America as we have witnessed here is never something to take for granted. The sheer fact I am able to update each of you and if I chose to do so while in America could even post my personal opinions on a public forum about anyone- including the leaders of the country if I so choose- is truly a beautiful thing! This weekend we will get to celebrate our Independence Day with all the Americans in Eswatini at a pot luck hosted by the US Embassy and we are happy to have such supports and reminders of home even while so far away.

Video Journal

Month Eight: a few seconds a day in the lives of two Salesian Lay Missioners in Eswatini (and this month, South Africa and Namibia too!).

In other news for June, our most prized worldly possession (Chance) had to be relocated. We were very worried about this transition for him, but we have to give a HUGE shout out to my cousin and her family for stepping up to the plate and to our little brothers for taking such good care of him up to this point. He seems very happy in his new home and this makes our hearts smile also. We just hope he still wants to come back to us after all his extravagant treatment while we have been away!

While in Namibia we were able to see where the sand dunes run right into the ocean as well as a seal colony and TONS of wildlife and the most beautiful of sunsets (pictured below). We also saw a shipwreck, a ghost town, some of the most ancient bushman carvings, and climbed one of the tallest dunes in the world! An amazing trip indeed!