Top 5 Questions that I have been asked since being home

If I did a poll over the last two weeks, these would be the top 5 questions that people have asked me. I am blessed that I have so many people in my life and amazed that most of them really do care about me. Here they are: 
1. Q: Wow, you must be so tired and jet lagged from that journey. How long is it anyways? 

    A: As a matter of fact, I am exhausted but the jet lag ain’t so bad. It took a full two days for me to get here. The journey was long (and pure torture for me who is a very nervous flyer). It was really expensive to fly through Europe so I had to connect in Qatar and then fly to Montreal which was a 12 hour flight. My flights home are even longer.
2. Q: Hmm, where exactly is Qatar?
(It has surprised me how many people don’t know where Qatar is)
  
    A: It’s a small country that looks like a little wart that pokes out of Saudi Arabia. Doha, the capital city is one of the coolest cities I have ever been there. Because I had a 10 hour layover, Qatar Airways actually paid for a hotel in the city for me to spend the night. It was all expenses paid for. Super cool! I almost wish I had more time there to explore. 
3. Q: So, how is married life? 

   A: It’s wonderful. I really enjoy it. 
 (I want to expand a bit more on my married life but I don’t think so many people are interested in all the details. There is SO much to married life and ‘wonderful’ doesn’t quite sum it up)
4. Q: Do you miss Kelvin? 

    A: Terribly! I was ready to go back 3 days after I arrived……(then I get the unimpressed look from my parents.)
5. Q: How is it over there?

   This question has been hard to answer. What exactly is ‘it’? Life, ministry, work, marriage, security, politics, what?? Really, I could talk to you for hours about all the ‘its’. 
   A: It’s not always easy, but I do love it. 
I only have a few more days here in Canada. Honestly, I am ready to get back. It has been harder than I though being away from Kelvin. I am not so sure I will come back again without him. 
Anyways, here are some crazy pics of my parents and I checkin’ out the sculpture walk in Castlegar.
Anybody home?
 Let’s ponder

 Wouldn’t want to mess with this guy
This one was my favourite. If you look closely, you can see all the neat things the artist used. 

I didn’t even know Castlegar had one of these crazy head things!

Surprise!!!! Ha, just kidding. I must have done a good job sticking out my gut because we had a friend drive by and ask how far a long I was.

What is man that You are mindful of him?

I sat down to read my daily devotions. Before I left Kenya, I arranged a bible reading schedule for all my girls in hopes that they will actually get into the Word themselves and it would unite us. Yesterday we were to read Psalm 8 and I did. The middle section really stuck out for me: 

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, 
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 
What is man that You are mindful of him, 
And the son of man that You visit him? 
For You have made him a little lower than the angels, 
And You have crowned him with glory and honour.”
Psalm 8:3-5

It’s the beginning of summer and being outside is simply delicious. The small town I grew up in is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The snow-capped mountains are full of evergreens and the convergence of two major rivers divides and conquers our town. It’s truly majestic here. And it’s ALL God’s glorious creation! He did it all, He made it all, He thought and planned all of it, He maintains it all. So naturally I am in absolute awe as to why He is mindful of little ol’ me? Tiny, frail, sinful, funny looking me. How majestic His creation yet He has made ME a little lower than angels and has crowned ME with glory and honour. He has even put all this stuff under my feet. Crazy, I know. 
Anyways, right after I finished reading this passage my brother asked if I wanted to take a walk. I said yes and off we went. 








 
My family kept telling me how high the river has gotten. It’s the highest we have ever seen it. This fast flowing river used to be a small dirt road that attached the mainland to a small island. 
If you look closely, you can see that the water is almost overtaking the small bridge. Usually the water is at least 7-8 feet below the bridge. 
 Mark found a nice bench to sit on. 
 And then he decided to walk over the bridge. 
 For those who don’t know, our house is actually located right on the river. Fortunately, there is a pretty large bank that separates us so there is no chance of flooding for us. Today, Mom and I decided to go veg in the sun on the new swanky deck/stairs my parents have built down to the river. This was my view.
Momma was on the next little landing.

I have not enjoyed the many creepy crawlers that come out this time of year. Its worse than the bugs in Mombasa. 

Here’s me, just below the angels, bestowed with honour and glory – me!

Surprise!

A few months back, my dad emailed me and asked if I would be interested in surprising my mom for her 50th birthday. At first, I didn’t really want to. I dreaded the thought of making the 2 day trip to Canada alone again and well, I am still newly married and have a hard time leaving my husband for more than a day or two. However, after some convincing from Kelvin and some prayer, I said yes. I booked my ticket and kept it a close secret for two months. 
Dad was the only one who knew plus a handful of friends. I kept hearing that Mom was telling everyone how she wished I could be there. I played it off as if I was still in Kenya, sending her emails of what was happening in our lives and so on. The last email I sent her, I was sitting in the Calgary airport about to board a plane to Castlegar. I was writing to tell her how Kelvin and I got back to Mombasa safe and wishing her a good party. Little did she know that I was just a short plane ride away. 
So I snuck onto the property and went and sat on a bench in the back yard. Some friends, who were in on it, had taken her down to the deck. As she came up, she was told to look over my way and, well, the pictures will tell the rest of the story.

The ugly cry came out in full force. It was a great moment. Now that I am here, I am glad I came. I will be around for about two and a half weeks then I must jetback to my hubby. Meanwhile, I will enjoy my family!