Jim’s dad once said, “Life is not a dress rehearsal”. We may as well get to our life’s dreams and pursue our passions. Of course there is another famous quote I remember on a day like today: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Tis true. Sometimes when we follow our aspirations, we don’t get what we thought we would.

The house is relatively clean, the six suitcases, and six backpacks are packed to capacity. The kids are chomping at the bit to make our way to the airport for our two part, overnight journey to London. It will be a long day, but this adventure to Africa, for me at least, is a surreal mix between life’s dreams fulfilled and life in real time.

For whatever this journey is really all about, being rain for the most thirsty, fulfilling a dream, or all the things that we will be taught, Someone continuously reminds me that “He knows the plans He has for us, ones to prosper us and not to harm us, ones to give us a future and a hope”.

Off we go…


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