Only three days left until I see my parents and brothers again. In some ways it seems like they've been gone for an eternity. In others, it feels like they left yesterday.
My family has been so blessed with a supportive church body. I have been called and texted everyday to make sure that my younger brothers and I are not only surviving but also thriving. My younger brothers have been on several play dates and have also been occupied by gift bags that my parents so lovingly and thoughtfully put together. They open one each day and the hold things like toys, movies, activity books, etc. Opening one of those is something they look forward to. Being young and unobservant, I honestly don't even think they notice my parents are gone most of the time. I, on the other hand, don't handle it as well as my siblings. There are definitely ups and downs. But thankfully the Lord gives me new mercies every morning and I get through the day with His strength.
We have been blessed to be able to communicate through Skype calls to my family a continent away almost every day. It's so amazing to not only hear their voices but also see their faces. They are mostly tired due to jet lag, but, like their daughter at home in the States, they are also depending on God's daily showering of mercy and strength. They have loved getting to know Peaches. There have also been ups and downs with our precious, soon-to-be family member, but they are hoping that they see more attachment and affection. I have been reminded that she has had such tragedy and brokeness in such a short lifetime. Only God can heal her heart and so we must be patient and rely on Him to completely open her heart to us. I was so happy and encouraged to hear that when Peaches was looking at the pictures of all her new siblings, my mom would say the names of the kids and Peaches would repeat them. I'm so glad to know that even in a far away country, my soon to be sister is already saying my name :)
Please continue to keep my family in your thoughts and prayers. I will soon be with the rest of my beloved family and I just can't wait!