We celebrate 30 years here this month! And while our years here have not always been easy, we would tread this path all over again. For it’s been a good life in which we have seen God’s faithfulness.
Joy with sorrow
But life overseas is joy mixed with sorrow.
Unable to attend the funerals of my husband’s parents and my grandparents, the needed closure took much longer. Rarely getting to meet our new grandchildren as newborns, our empty arms ached.
We’ve missed many milestones in our children’s and grandchildrens’ lives, from graduations to first dates, as well as marriage engagements, weddings, and most special holidays and birthdays. It’s hard not being there for our loved ones. And it’s hard missing their major events. And it’s a heavy weight being far away when elderly parents are hospitalized. Unable to help or do anything, except pray.
“So what makes you stay?” you wonder. Because we know this is where we should be. This is where God has placed us, and it has given us so many opportunities to reach out and touch the lives of those around us. And in turn be touched by theirs.
So though at times our hearts are heavy, ours is a tale of rejoicing. For the Lord has also blessed us far more than we could ever imagine! Even blessing us with a second home!
Blessing of a summer home!
That’s right – the Lord blessed us with our own summer home! One home for folks who have never earned much seems ludicrous…but two?
Yes, for we have inherited Hubby’s ancestral home — the very house he was born in! And though he owns it jointly with his 3 siblings, they’re in the USA, so we’re the only ones (for now) who use it.
Our children loved that village, where freely they could roam the streets and even ride on donkeys! And we visited often until my father-in-law passed away.
But then as Hubby’s older siblings could no longer visit from New York, and not wanting the old place to decline, they asked us to keep it up. “Not everyone has a rent-free home!” they said, and even generously paid for repairs! And so we added that to our list of blessings.
So life overseas may at times seem exotic (and it sometimes is). But it’s really a lot like life anywhere, with both good and bad mixed together. What’s important is that we remember to look for the blessings and discover the lessons found in the bad times.
Life is full of good and bad, but we can find blessings in both! Sometimes we just have to search a bit harder.