"I believe in the love of God, it is an orphan's wildest dream, it is a Narrow Little Road, it is an ever widening desert stream" ~ Red Mountain hymn

"This narrow little road may be filled with both abundant joy and humiliating sorrow; surely, even its promised Divine acceptance cannot assure it's travelers absense of profound rejection. Indeed, this narrow road may be filled with a great many things, but the one thing it truly lacks is regret!" ~Debbie Sue

Monday, February 21, 2011

the flashes finish: top 10 things

Written today ;)

So here's the Top 10 things I miss about the States

1. Community/family – good conversations with friends and family, local
church family, bible study group, Progressive Nursing staff, sleepovers, long talks with friends about Jesus

2. Dreaming about Africa ;)

3. A good mattress- one that doesn’t create a big hole in the middle of
my bed “carrying me down”, or have a net over it that needs a daily
cleaning off of the bug carcasses

4. Certain foods- fresh spinach, avocado, bbq rotisserie chicken and steaks, fresh vegetables and fruits, momma’s concoctions

5. The season of fall- it is my favorite season and I’m truly sad to be
missing its magic! Pumpkin patch, pumpkin spice, hot buttered rum,
brightly colored leaves, crisp fall air, apple festival… so when you are thoroughly enjoying one of these seasonal moments, think of Debbie Sue and respond to Jesus and His beauty with heartfelt gratitude =)

6. Local hangouts and dates- coffee shops, brew pubs, beautiful parks,
Boise River, riding bikes, farmers market, first Thursdays, picnics,
Bridgeport, Coopers, Java and Hartman’s treehouse

7. Roaming around a safe city by myself (Especially Portland, Boston, and Boise)

8. Being involved with mentorship of College students

9. Leading worship with a beloved team of people on Sunday mornings
(praying together)

10. Having all my friends and family only a short flight away for less than $500

10 things I’m learning to love in Liberia and going to miss one day

1. The beautiful dear friends that have deeply impacted my life and taught me about the Lord in ways I never dreamed possible

2. Riding motorbikes almost every day in Ganta

3. Hearing “white woman hello” or wheeplu yelled at me everywhere I go

4. Looking in the eyes of small children who have no parents and still
seeing them smile and shine like the sun

5.Eating fresh fruit that just came straight from the tree (or the
ground if we are talking about pineapple) and made itself at home in my belly

6. Watching Liberians put on skits, singing in staff meetings, dancing at most events, and worship services at MCF.

7. Rice and soup (especially green soups),pepper sauce, fried plantains, and echecke with pepper sauce (guess i like pepper ;)

8. Buying food, household items, and clothing out of wheelbarrows

9. Sushi, Ethiopian, Chinese and Lebanese Restaurants in Monrovia

10. Driving in monster trucks through mud ravines that are supposed to be "roads"

More memories and words to come... no doubt!

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