Friday, July 16, 2010

Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

The past few weeks have been crazy, to say the least. My parents came to visit over the 4th of July (it rained every. single. day.) and we had a lot of fun visiting with them. They haven't been down since Christmas, so we got a few good beach days in, took them to all of our new favorite places, and enjoyed catching up with them.

In fact, apparently they had so much fun that they encouraged Adam and Paula to come visit too. So on Tuesday, he called to let me know that their flight would get in at 11AM on Wednesday. The weather has been great though, so we are getting to show them around and spend a lot of time at the beach and pool. We tried to go snorkeling yesterday but the water has been too choppy, so hopefully we'll be able to see some fish later this weekend.

Besides having all these visitors (and working out obsessively - thanks p90x), we have also been busy planning out the next few months. After a lot of talking, waffling, research and prayer, we think we have come up with the best possible plan. Ready?

We're leaving for Switzerland on Sept. 25. We'll spend 3 months there and 3 months in Africa (location TBD) and then come home in March, get all of our stuff together, and head off to the Peace Corps in June. That's right - 4 continents in 12 months. 

If you think we're crazy, join the club. But we are taking the year we have between now and our Peace Corps departure to attend a Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission. The school we are attending is actually focused on "developing nations," which couldn't be a better fit for the adventure we're about to take with the Peace Corps. Basically, we will spend 3 months doing classroom training in Burtigny, Switzerland and then 3 months of outreach somewhere in Africa. 

So we have about 2.5 months to raise almost $20,000, get moved out of the condo, and ready to leave for basically 3 years (with a 3 month "break" from March - June 2011). No small feat, especially when you consider that we have furniture/wedding presents/junk in West Palm Beach, Orlando, Roanoke and Athens. We've already seen God do some pretty cool things in planning for this trip, so we're confident that it will all work out. But if you want to come visit, you'd better hurry up!

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