Everyone on our team made it back safely. I was very excited to see my family waiting for me at the airport! After being awake for almost 48 hours, I crashed and slept for 20 hours!

This afternoon, it was hard to get dressed up and go to work. Thankfully I have a wonderful boss who wanted to hear about my trip and then sent me home when she realized how out of it I was! Now I’m relaxing in my Great Wall sweatshirt and sipping some China tea.

It’s nice to be home with my family, but I miss the kids at Maria’s and my team. There’s so much to process as I adjust back to “normal” life.

This entire journey has been so humbling! I’ve been humbled by my church’s support as I prepared for the trip, by my teammates and their eagerness to serve, by the children at Maria’s and how quick they are to smile, by the staff at Maria’s who faithfully love and care for the kids every day, and by the families that have followed God’s call to move to China.

Now that I’m home, I’m wondering what’s next. I’ve learned so much about orphans/adoption and experienced more than I can put into words, but what’s the next step? I thought this trip would give me directions for how God wanted me to care for orphans. I want a clear sign from God, but that’s not always how God works. So right now I don’t know what the next step is, but I do know that I’ve left some of my heart back in an orphanage in China!


“We face our greatest challenges not when God requires us to live heroically and sacrificially but when he calls us to be faithful in our daily routines…It is doing the little things every day that puts us on a trajectory of fulfilling the will of God.” ~Jerry Sittser

Thank you to everyone who has prayed for me and our team! Please continue praying for the children at Maria’s. I’m hoping to post more about what God has been teaching me soon.

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3 thoughts on “Home

  1. mimi says:

    8 “But as for me, I would seek God, And I would place my cause before God; 9 Who does great and unsearchable things, Wonders without number. 10 “He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields, 11 So that He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.Job 5:8-11

    So thankful that you you are seeking HIM…….ttmab

  2. Nana says:

    Thanks for sharing your heart. I wonder to what God has for you. He has given you a very tender and loving heart for orphans. Will keep praying for you and the plans God has for you.

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