Now, I have to admit that while husband and I are so happy to be in Palm Tree Land (love being warm), husband says I am not quite "here," if you know what I mean. I felt and still feel a tremendous sadness at not being in London with my precious daughter. She is precious to me and these are precious times. I want to go maternity clothes shopping with her! Still, I told myself; missionary and military families are used to this.
Repeat after me, Kathleen....we are used to this!
"No," I answered myself (now you know how bad it is at the moment), "I am not happy to be so far apart at this time and I am not going to pretend. Even skype isn't enough."
I felt much better when my sister came down to Florida and we went maternity clothes shopping together, which was a blast. We remembered sharing regular overseas phone calls ( a real treat then) comparing pregnancies, and talked of hopes for the next generation.
If I was in the UK, I wouldn't have had this great time with my sister. Don't you just love cross-cultural family living! Yes, is the answer to that most of the time....but then, while we are having our Girl's Shopping Day; I realized another problem:
The UK won't allow gifts without making the receiver pay VAT! I didn't want my daughter to pay for her maternity gift.
What to do?
Well, there are many reasons for going to church. Worshiping God being the most important, but right up there on the list of reasons is the connections- and wait for this one! I still call my church small-group leaders Sunday School Teachers (as that is what I knew growing up in the US as a child)...well, that very next Sunday they announced, " We apologize we won't be here next week, we are going to London............"
Thank you God, thank you.