Saturday, June 2, 2007

We're Home!!!

It's good to be home! Praise God for McDonalds, Drovers wings, fast internet connections, and most of all, incredible friends and family. We've been in the United States for about 24 hours now, and it has been so good.

We landed on time, got through immigration, customs, and baggage claim with no problems...incredible! We showered and ate at the hotel that the Schwertfeger's had stayed at the night before, and set off for the 4 hour drive home. We arrived home to Doug and Jenn sitting on the porch swing. Oh, it was so good to see them after all this time. My dad, Sam, my stepbrother Chris, Jeannie, Norm, Cody, Doug, Courtney, and Jenn all went out to Drovers for dinner. After which I promptly collapsed into a twin size bed and was dead to the world until 7 o'clock this morning. Jake and I will do some visiting today. There are still questions. What should we do for a cell phone? Will a vehicle situation work out? But at this point, anything seems easier than 50 kids, so we're pretty chill about it all!

I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be home with family and friends. I can't wait to be at all the weddings that are going on this month and visit the people we haven't seen. However, I find myself saying, "Oh, back at my house in Zambia"...or, "Home, in Zambia." Kinda freaky. I will account it to this: Regardless of being a hopeless sinner set aside by grace, regardless of being selfish and self-centered and self-concerned much of the time, regardless of really loving McDonalds and Kool-aid, regardless of all of that, I really am committed to being in the center of God's will. And if God's will for me is in the center of Zambia, than that's where I'll be. It could only be for Him, because I could never do this on my own. Being with my family and friends is just too sweet a thing to leave voluntarily. But after all of that, I am still grateful that He sees fit to give us all a break sometimes. By that I mean that He has sent us home for this time for a reason and purpose, and I mean to enjoy every minute of it! Love you all and can't wait to see you!

Jessi

5 comments:

Andrew Duda said...

oh i cant wait 2 see you guys either!

Heather said...

I repeat what Duda says! See you at Craig and Danielle's wedding!

Anonymous said...

We miss you here in Zambia and glad you had a good trip back.Have a really wonderfull time you guys with your folks and freinds.You have done so well here and deserve a good break.Keep focused on the Lord, as I know you will,and you will be "just Ok"....does that sound African!!!Lots of Love D and B

Deanna Yensen said...

Jessi & Jake,
It was great to see you, but unfortunate of the circumstances. It seems that God has treated you well in your mission work. I really do hope that you take up my offer of taking a little vacation to Ocean City, MD and speaking at our church and youth group. We would really enjoy the company.
Take Care...
Love,
Deanna

Andrew Duda said...

ya know its funny. you guys finally get home, and I leave? ahh well, should be able to see ya in florida when u guys come down...