This is a note I wrote today, so I wouldn’t forget how it happened:

It’s about 10:15 on Tuesday, March 10th.  Ian just called to tell me to check his email.  I knew what that meant without even looking.


It is true.  Our work permits have come through.  I looked at the time on Armida’s email telling us we could go (Armida is our Kenyan Salvation Army contact and I think pretty much our boss?): 11:29pm Monday, March 9th.   The blog I wrote last night at probably 8:30 pm had just talked about the peace Ian and I feel about going, and how the time line will be just right.


I’ve always known that God has a sense of humor.  It’s like I had to publically say that we trusted him, and then wham…an hour later, there is the answer.  He also has a sense of humor because we can go any day after April 7th…which happens to be my birthday.  Happy Birthday to me!


I have to admit.  I cried when I read the email.  Tears of fear.  Tears of relief.  Then the anxiety kicks in and I think, “I have too much to get done to try and be ready.”  All the little stuff that honestly I shouldn’t give a worry about.  Honestly, I thought, “what about all the food!  What will I do with that!”  Really?  That’s what I’m saying to myself right now.  REALLY?  NOT something worth worrying about….the food?


I can claim so many promises.  I am so much more precious than the sparrow that is completely provided for.  All of my cares can be cast on Him.


This morning for the first time Lucy asked me if we were going to Africa.  She wanted to know if she could take her hair barrettes.  She went and found a couple of plastic grocery bags, loaded them with barrettes and strawberry shortcakes, and went with them to the door, saying, “Ok, ready for Africa”.   When Ian and I talked on the phone, I told him about it, he said, “See, she knew!”  


I can’t tell you how many times things like this happen in our lives!  A month or two ago, Eli told me that when we come back from Africa we’ll live in Denise’s house and someone with a cat will live in our house.  I think he’s quite a perceptive boy, but not enough to remember that almost a year ago we had talked with Denise (our immediate neighbor) about buying her home, and the she changed her mind.  Now that I think about it, that was on my birthday too!


God’s timing is TRULY amazing.  We are closing on our home refinance this week.  What a blessing to have all of that squared away before we leave.  Phew.  One less thing to take care of, or rather, to give to God to take care of.


Anyhow, there are still a lot of details to take care of, but we’ll let you know when we figure it out! 

Fourteen Falls, Thika Kenya



5 responses to this post.

  1. This is so great! We can totally identify with you and remember those beginning days and feelings of fear, excitement, apprehension. We can also totally identify with the important part your kids are already playing in God’s plan for you. I think our kids are the REAL missionaries in our families. Seeing the way God works through them is amazing. We are looking forward to following as your adventure reveals!


  2. Posted by Er on March 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I am thrilled for your news. You can stop hanging in the balance now. That said, I will miss you all so much. 😦


  3. Posted by mayfamily on March 12, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Dan–Thank you so much for the encouragement. I look at your facebook and am truly amazed at how well you seem to have aculturated and found a wonderful life there in the Phillipines. I have thought so many times, “if they can do it, so can we!” Truly your family is an inspiration.

    Er–We better get some serious kid swapping in while the opportunity exists!! I am sucking up every friend moment I can get before we leave… Who will be my Erika in Kenya???


  4. Posted by Adria on March 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    We were just talking about you guys and wondering what was going on……what a relief and how exciting for your family. I can’t imagine all the logistics involved in leaving! We can’t wait to hear every detail about everything in Africa! Lots of love as always! p.s. If there is something you are craving or really missing from America tell us and we’ll send you a package!


  5. Posted by Jenn on March 20, 2009 at 6:57 am

    I actually got an international drivers lic. way back in University. I was traveling to Europe & thought it would be cool to have. Never used it…. That is quite a list. And your kids must be such troopers w/ all those shots. Mine freak out w/ only the usual list. Although I don’t see you much anymore I will so miss you all. I hope you are able to keep us posted w/ your stories, etc. Email, blog, FB, newsletters, etc. Maybe you could dictate them into a recorder device & mail it to us & we can type up your stories & distribute? Just a thought….


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