#VivaLondon Updates – Winding Down

It’s hard to believe that we only have about 10 days left here in the UK. In some ways it seems like this journey is just beginning, and we’re only now starting to become comfortable in our surroundings. On the other hand, as we mentioned in our last post, there have been some challenging times for us, where we weren’t sure what to do.

We’ve seen some awe-inspiring things, met some truly amazing people, and have been privileged to be a part of ministries and a church that is such an inspiration to us to live a more Christ-centered life. Without question, these are relationships and memories that we’ll cherish the rest of our lives. And we can’t wait to share all of that with our American friends and family over coffee or lunch (probably Mexican or BBQ, let’s be honest).

People keep asking us how we feel about going back to the States. I wish there was a simple answer.

I wish I could just say we’re happy or sad or indifferent about the whole thing. But it’s not simple. It’s complicated. And I’m not sure we ever expected to be as emotionally disoriented as we are.

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#VivaLondon Updates – When the Homesickness Rears its Ugly Head

It’s been a little over a month since we last updated everyone on what’s been happening here for us in the UK. It’s been a completely life-changing and perspective shifting experience for us, and it’s a challenge to really capture everything. That said, we don’t want to leave anyone in the dark, and we definitely want people to share in our experience and learn from it. Who knows, maybe you’re next to step out into the unknown and see what God does!

With all that in mind, I thought I’d share a few experiences and thoughts from the time spent here thus far. Again, you won’t get the whole picture, but at least you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of what it’s been like for us to be here.

Side note…the image from this post was taken at NYE in London. Remind us to tell you the story of how we ended up with the most amazing spot to watch the fireworks. Fun times.

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#VivaLondon Updates – Halfway Point

With Photos! 🙂

So we’ve officially made it to the halfway point of our journey in the U.K. It seems somewhat strange to say that, as on one hand this time has passed rather quickly, and it’s hard to believe we’ve been here three months already. On the other hand, we feel more and more comfortable with our daily life here every day.

Quite a lot has transpired since we last updated all of you…so I’m going to try to catch up on as many things as I can. Apologies for the list format – it’s just easier to get it all out that way.

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Reinvention

We’ve spent nearly two months now in England, and it’s been an amazing journey so far. You can feel a tide shift in our family unlike any that we’ve experienced before – conversation after conversation between Yvette and I about what our life looks like, not simply in location, but in philosophy as well. Anytime you step out of your comfort zone and stretch your limits, you invite the spirit of God to mold and shape you in ways you never imagined. And that is exactly what has happened.

We’ve arrived at a state of reinvention…and it’s a very good place to be.

It’s taken me longer to write a new post this time around, and I’m struggling to come up with words to describe why. I suppose there’s a bit of settling that has occurred over the last few weeks, that has taken us from the daily excitement of new places, new people, and new experiences, into what a day to day life looks like for us here. Also, there is a bit of repetitiveness I’d like to avoid – constantly sharing (or perhaps oversharing) the pendulum swings and heart tugs can get a bit boring. Nonetheless, I think it’s really about that reinvention.

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