The feeling we have right now reminds me of two things. Horses and pregnancy. How are they related you may wonder? Let me explain.
Have you ever seen horses race? There are a few moments before they fire the starting pistol while they are at the gates, and they are stomping the dirt, their nostrils flare, their shoulders press into the gate straining with all their might to do what they were born to do, to do what they have trained to do, to RUN.
Have you ever been pregnant? There are a few weeks before the baby is born when you feel like you might be the first woman to be pregnant FOREVER. When a woman first gets the news that there's a new life growing inside her belly there can be two feelings, elation and pure terror. That new life growing, is going to keep growing and eventually you will have to push it out of your body! By the time you are nearing the third trimester that fear is replaced by sheer exhaustion, discomfort and the desire to finally meet this new human being, to hold them and love them and see who they will become.
I guess right now we feel a bit like a race horse in the third trimester. We have been preparing for this for a long time, probably since before we even went to Brazil. We have finished renovating and sold a house, shed many layers of things we don't need/want and can't take with us and shed many, many tears. We have prayed, had others pray and confirmed that we feel God is leading us into this. We have started the good-byes. Two months ago we said good-bye to the street I have called home since long before I actually lived on it. We have said good-bye to the community that went along with it. We have been riding this emotional roller coaster for more than a year and the fear of what's to come has now been replaced with the desire to GO!
We are trying to live in a place of expectancy not expectation (thank you Art!), we know God can and will pull all the pieces together, but it may not look like we think and it may not be when we think. We are learning still, always, to trust that being the creator of the universe He might just know what He's doing.
So, in the mean time we continue to contact friends, family and anyone who will listen to share with them what we are embarking on and ask if it is something they want to be a part of. For those of you who have already said yes, our words of thanks will never properly express our sincere gratitude.
At the end of November we will hold a concert to help raise the necessary funds for the pistol to go off and open the gates. Both artists playing are amazingly gifted and we feel so blessed that they are willing to share their talents to help us.
Here are the details:
November 26, 2011
Some of you have responded to say you can't make it but would like to buy tickets anyway. The easiest way to do that is to click the link at the top of this blog and it will take you to a secure paypal donation page, you will also receive a tax receipt that way, for those of you who have said you want to come, we will have tickets available for purchase at a later date-stay tuned!
Thank you to all of you who have already committed, we are seeing the mercury rise on our support thermometer to almost 1,000/month!! We need 3,000 for the green light so we are 1/3 of the way there!
We are always open to chat, answer questions or just hang out with you before we go. Please don't hesitate to contact us we are never too busy.