Saturday, April 24, 2010

Being Brave...Being Blessed

I have a confession: I like being comfortable & knowing what to expect.

The problem with that? I had kids.
Comfort: Over.
Knowing What to Expect: Definitely over.
And how thankful I am!!

The reason this has come up is that there have been a lot of people asking me how I am feeling about traveling to Africa to bring home our son. Honestly, I have not allowed myself to think about it too much for fear of my mind paralyzing me. I've kind of gone into "mommy auto pilot".

However, last night I decided it was time to think about it a little bit as the reality has hit: I'm leaving in less than a week. So, I prayed. And you know what came along? The realization that without my husband & children, there are a whole lot of things I would have avoided just to remain comfortable.

Which translates to: I would have missed out on a whole lot of living!

Because of my family, I have stepped out of comfort zones to experience the things that bring them joy or the things that they want to experience.

Each of my children has opened my world to new things, but for now I'll just share a few that have to do with Kearsten. She has been the one that has had me WAY out of my comfort zones. From wanting desperately to try the Hulk roller coaster to dropping 12 stories on a water slide (which ended with the biggest wedgie of my life) to parasailing wayyyy up high....What an adventure being this girl's mother has been!!

So, yes, there may be a bit of apprehension as I get ready to travel over 8,000 miles away to a different country, but I will do it for the sake of my son. And because of him & the rest of my family, I will continue to experience this life as an adventure instead of a comfy, boring existence.

And I'm cool with that.


Sharon said...

I can't wait for you to get to Ethiopia...I think you will LOVE it!!!

Christie said...

Praying for your adventure! Let God show you amazing things during this time! Keep your eyes and heart open to what He would have for you to take away from this once in a lifetime (maybe not ;)) experience!!


Amy said...

Okay- that was AWESOME. :-)

Maureen said...

I am totally jealous!! Will you take me parasailing??

Have a safe and wonderful trip!!

Adeye said...

Oh my goodness gracious, I can hardly wait to follow your journey to Ethiopia!!!! Yayyeeeeee God, just so amazing. Another little heart is about to find a home. Beautiful.

You are SUCH a treasure, dear friend.

Chris said...

I applaud your sense of adventure....good for you!!!

And you are right, just think of all the things we would miss if we all stayed comfortable????

Get ready....
For the next great adventure of your life....
Bringing home your son!!!

Can't wait to follow along!!!

Kimmie said...

Oh my friend, you are in for a wonderful God filled adventure.

Did you buy yourself a neck pillow for the long plane ride? Do you have a flashlight (ethiopia loses power occasionally). Do you have some snacks for your hotel room? Do you need to bring converters for anything...extra batteries or rechargers for your camera?

will be praying. I miss Ethiopia already.

mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted