Life Lately #31

Today you and I are going on a coffee date. Since I am still in Myanmar we would actually be going to get milk tea, which sounds gross, but it isn't because it is hot tea mixed with sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk and it is my favorite drink here in Myanmar. Sooo good!

I must warn you that I'm having a lot of mixed emotions right now so get yourself ready.

First off, I have to tell you that we finished our year here!!! Thursday was our last day at school.

Thursday morning a few of the teachers stopped by with hugs and gifts. Actually all week people have stopped by with a farewell gift and have showered us with love. I acquired a lot of new jade jewelry, some pink floral jewelry, tribal jewelry and handbags, all which I love! I had a hard time telling everyone bye. They thanked us for our year here and I was just so humbled because they are here long term and serve day in and day out and have been such a good example to Dave and I.

I thought I would be really emotional and weepy telling the kids goodbye but I wasn't. Major shocker! I did tear up a few times but I figured if I started crying really hard the kids would too so I didn't want that. I have also prepped them since August that I am leaving for good so both they and I would have time to process it.

Thursday in class we made a little memory book, did a craft, celebrated a birthday and Dave stopped by to play with the kids. We finished on a happy note and I'm really thankful for that.

I'm sad too though. I'm sad because saying goodbye to these kids is hard. I really love them and have a special bond with them and leaving is just difficult. I don't know how to put into words the sadness but I'm sure you understand.

Thursday night we went to dinner with our small group from church and had a lovely time. We had pizza and visited for a couple of hours. I'm so thankful for the support the body of Christ has been this year and our small group has been a point of strength during our time here.

Now! I have to admit to you that I'm really excited to leave Myanmar. I mean a roach crawled on my hand this week and a big large mouse was running on the sidewalk where I was walking so that really made me ready. I'm so grateful for our time here but I am also just so so ready! I'm ready to be somewhere quiet. To see wide open spaced. To see my family.

We don't actually fly out of Myanmar until Saturday evening so Friday we are going to eat at our our favorite Shan noodle restaurant one last time and then we will finish packing. Side note - packing is a travelers nightmare!

Saturday at 5:30pm (6am central USA time) we fly to Thailand! We will spend 2 days there and then are going to travel SE Asia. More about that trip will be coming your way on Monday.

Lastly, I want to say thank you. You and so many others have prayed us through this year. You have sent us cards, e-mails, have sent us packages, supplies and have lifted us up to The Father and that is a huge deal. Our year here in Myanmar is just as much yours as it is ours because it takes a whole team to send people out. I'm positive that you will have rewards in heaven for doing kingdom work here in Myanmar.

I still plan to share more on Myanmar over the next couple of months because I will have the time and internet.

In the mean time our ask us anything form is still up and running. You can ask a question by clicking on the button on the picture below. I thought people might have some more questions for us as our time here is closing. So, if you have a question ask away! I'll be reading them and answering them over the next few weeks.

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  1. It's crazy your year is over. I'm glad ou could end on a positive note with the kids and Dave could come play. I will be praying for safe travels and that you have some fun! I'm
    Glad you are excited leave, though. I'm sure you are ready to see friends and family and no roaches! :) you have made such an impact and God will bless you for it. Thanks for going to serve!

  2. I really can't believe that you are finished! Excited to see your next adventures!

  3. I amazed that your year is up already! I'm sure it doesn't seem like it flew by for you, since you are living it, but I feel like you just went over there! I'm so amazed that you guys were able to take the time out of your lives to serve the Lord like this, it is very inspiring. Safe travels, and can't wait to see more of your upcoming trip!

  4. Ahhhh my gosh I feel like I have so many mixed emotions along with you! What a year it has been for you guys, and you have inspired me through it! Praying for you guys as you transition.

  5. I've been reading blogs, but not really commenting since my daughter was born, but I just wanted to let you know that I have really enjoyed reading your blog during the time that you have been in Myanmar (and everywhere else besides the U.S. this past year). I love reading about different cultures and seeing pictures of different places around the world. It sounds like you have had a crazy busy/hardworking year, but it also seems like it was really fun and rewarding.
    Ok, 2 more things...
    1) Is it weird that I'm excited for you to come home? I mean, we've never met and we live far apart and my only connection with you is through your blog, but I'm really excited for you that you get to come home!
    2) I really hope that one day you share a pic of the crazy sidewalks where you lived. For the past few months I've been reading blogs in the middle of the night while feeding a baby and I'm thinking to myself "oh, I just want to go back to sleep, but wait....chunks of her sidewalk are missing and they have giant holes?"
    Thanks for putting my mild lack of sleep into perspective and reminding me how blessed I really am.
    Safe travels!

  6. What a bittersweet time in your life! What an incredible adventure it looks like you and your husband have had. Praying for safe travels for y'all!

  7. I'm sure it's such a bittersweet and emotional time, but I pray that you're able to reflect and appreciate this year of adventure while still being excited for what's ahead!

  8. Wow! What an amazing experience you’ve had this past year. So great you get to experience them all with your husband. Love finding new blogs through linkups!


  9. Milk tea sounds REALLY delicious! Do you know of a good recipe that I could try?

    I'm so glad you've had such a wonderful experience this last year, and I'm sure you're ready to see your family! Safe travels!