Once back in Kansas, we had a little over a week to put some pieces together and then fly back to Vienna for ten days. Why, you ask, just ten days? We had to renew Nathanael's residence permit, in person, in Vienna. There was no way to do it earlier or later. (Believe me; we tried a lot of ways back in December.) So we went. We weren't sure how it would be, returning to our home and community for just a week with jet lag on top of the linguistic and cultural differences, but we came away from that week with a renewed sense of calling and purpose and a clearer vision for a few aspects of our work there. We also were able to spend a bit of time with a handful of dear people, and that was life-giving to our souls.
The past week or so has been a change of pace for us. Finally, we're trying to slow down a bit. Breathe. Reflect. Dream. Prepare. Be together. Gregory is giving time to his course preparations for the Autumn. We've taken up jogging together. We're considering how we can create healthier family rhythms and routines when we return to Vienna, reconsidering priorities, and asking difficult questions. In a week, we'll go to Colorado for two weeks, a combination of visiting with ministry partners and seeing friends, spending five days with my family in the mountains, and attending a conference with our organisation for employees currently on stateside ministry.
August 18th begins our new 3-5 year term in Vienna. Just a little over a month away! I can almost touch it.
Thus ends my photo-less update from the last four months. I doubt I will find time to write much in the next two months, but hopefully I'll return to regularly posts after September. Thanks for following along!
Okay, one photo from the North Shore in May.