Wednesday, February 23, 2011
And the Countdown Begins
You remember last week when I said that there were a lot of things going on in my life? Well, one is now official, and it's time to share.
We are getting ready to go on furlough! Exciting, you say? Sort of. Overwhelming? Extremely!
When it came time for our first furlough I was so very excited. I couldn't wait to see my family, my friends, my old home. I couldn't wait to eat American food, indulge in some old hobbies, live in a culture I was comfortable with, and see things I hadn't seen in a long while. And we did have a nice furlough. I noticed something strange, though. Things didn't seem quite the same as I remembered them. Everything was a little different than what I had imagined.
Then God brought us back to Ghana for our second term. God has grown us and stretched us in many more ways than I thought I could be grown and stretched! And now we are looking at our second furlough. I've not left Ghanaian soil in almost four years. Though I love my friends and family, my life is here. God's given me another family, more friends, a new home. I love Ghanaian food, have new hobbies, am comfortable in this culture (on most days :) ), and enjoy the thought of exploring and learning new things here.
I must be honest, I'm looking at this furlough with a bit of trepidation. I'm not sure what to think; not quite sure how to imagine it all. I'm not who I used to be. I suppose I'm a bit of a mutant -- not fully American and not fully Ghanaian.
Sure, I have moments of furloughitis. The thought of a Fuddrucker's hamburger makes my mouth water. I'm thrilled at the thought of enjoying a Barnes and Noble for several hours. I can't wait to hug family members that I haven't seen in years, hold nephews and nieces I've never met, and spend time with a brand new sister-in-law and brother-in-law. I want to experience four seasons. I'm looking forward to laughing and giggling with old friends and meeting their new babies.
But in the back of my mind, I think of what I'll miss here in Ghana: a heaping plate of Joloff, bargaining in the market, church members, new converts, brand new babies that will be born while we are away, days and days of beautiful sunshine.
In the end, I can't be sad. I have a choice in how I view this. I can choose to see it all as a blessing instead of a trade-off. I have two families, two homes, two cultures, two languages (okay, maybe 1 1/2 :) ), and an amazing life.
And as for that, I can start counting my blessings today!
Since we are leaving for furlough the beginning of May, I'd like to ask you all a favor. If you know me well, you know that I'm a bookworm. And this bookworm has no idea what books to read, borrow, or buy while back in the Land of More Books Than You Can Imagine, America. So what would you suggest? Biographies, Non-Fiction, Mothering, Fiction, Classics, Cookbooks, Christian Life, and any genre I've missed are all fair game. Old or new, doesn't matter. I just need suggestions! Thanks :)