Today I got to chat with a dear old friend who was a nurse at RVA for many years. While I have had a blast getting to catch up with friends my age, there is something special with talking to a veteran in the lifework I have just embarked on. To visit with someone who understands how hard it is to hold two so vastly different places in your head--while you are here Africa almost feels like a dream, and while you are there, your life in America seems like it must have happened to someone else. It's also great to have someone who understands the challenges of station life, and knows how two places can both be home.
Yesterday Flynn had me over for dinner in his apartment--I was was so excited to get to sample some of his cooking and just have some quality time hanging out with my brother. Flynn's apartment is an awesome mix of nerdy-geek, things from home, and that unique brand of crazy that is my brother. The Christmas tree cracked me up-
Not many guys would be man enough to have a pink Christmas tree!
Today I took Mercy and Lucy shopping at Wal-Mart and the mall, and while there I was tickled to see this:
In Texas, we make sure we treat Santa right. We give him a fan so he will be comfortable in that silly red suit!