Change. That is the name of our game here at home. Jeremy finished his term at school and was ready for a break, which is wonderful because that means he now actually gets to spend his weekends relaxing from work instead of going to school on his days off.

Our baby girl is now more talkative than ever, not to mention more playful, and hungry than ever… but I guess that’s what babies do, right?

…they eat and grow and play and grow, and just plain grow, all the while looking as cute as can be.

We now understand what people talk about when they say that kids grow up so fast, I feel like it was just last week we came home from the hospital and already she’s able to keep herself sitting up, and she just started eating (baby) cereal. Soon she’ll be crawling and walking… part of us is ready for that, but another part (the mommy part) isn’t.

We are getting things checked off our to-do list that is getting us ready to head to Africa. Jeremy already had his passport, but I had to renew mine, and Baby Phin had to get one.

…wow, our little one having a passport already makes it seem like she is ready for life’s adventures to begin… I didn’t even get mine until I was 19, and didn’t get to use it until I was 22. I’d say she’s going to be a very young adventurer.

We are getting more and more excited about finally getting to go and walk in our God-given calling. We are excited about the people we will meet and build relationships with,

…but, we are also acutely aware of the feelings of our loved ones. They are excited for us, but also sad for us to be leaving (which is one thing we are also very sad about).

I for one, have never lived more than 30 minutes away from my family-except for my 9 month internship in Colorado. We are sad that our daughter will be seeing her grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins only via skype and pictures while we are gone. We are sad about the distance that will be between us and our family and friends, and we will greatly miss the face-to-face interactions.

But, we know, and our loved ones know, that God is calling us to GO to Africa

…and we all find peace in knowing that the best (and safest) place to be, is in the center of God’s will for us.