A crew of Addingtons are coming to Hong Kong August 3-10, to visit the city that was their home in the 60s. They're also delivering Titus back into our arms! For us, this is like a rare, highly anticipated, fantastic family reunion.
I decided to go down a few days early with Jon & Mike (Drew must stay in Changsha to work), and so my mother-in-law and sister-in-law are also flying in early to be with us! On Monday evening we'll arrive at Bethany House, set on a little island with no cars and a nice beach. We've visited before, in 2011, and actually my father-in-law's family vacationed on this island when he was a kid.
These past two years have rushed by in a whirlwind -- happy -- but fast-paced and too often high-stress. Seldom has there been opportunity withdraw and just ... think. I'm a little run down and spinning off course with an accumulated a heap of heart-issues that need attention. With my mother-in-law and sister-in-law there, I think I'll be able to both get alone at times and find encouragement from their company.
After Hong Kong -- Dad, Mom, Grandma Bonnie, sister Jennifer, Uncle David & Aunt Betsy will stay a week with us in Changsha, August 11-16. Imagine how special this is, to actually have our family in our home! I'm going relish every single moment and take a million pictures.
counting the graces
thank you Father for
bike ride in the hot summer sun
tiny perfect newborn baby Amos
snuggling with Jon while he sings through his repertoire of songs
collection of various kinds of gifts that you distribute -- saw service, faith, pr for healing, encouragement in different people today
feeling of anticipation