Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Indiana and Administrivia

This past weekend I took a trip with my mom and youngest brother up to northern Indiana for a cousin’s wedding. Another sister and brother joined us, and we had a great time celebrating the addition to our family, and getting to see aunts, uncles, and cousins that we hadn’t seen for several years. We also had the chance to quickly visit a great aunt that I hadn’t seen since I was a toddler, and who is a faithful supporter of mine. I got to see my first snow plow, and was able to enjoy a little winter before heading back down South where spring is in full swing.

Of all the things I’ve been able to do this furlough, spending time with family and friends has been hands down the best. People are important—so important, and I am so thankful that I have been able to travel and see many of the people who support and encourage me.

This weekend I’m heading out again—this time to Montana to visit a dear friend, and then I’ll swing through Colorado for the next weekend to spend a brother’s birthday with him. This time we’re planning on going up Pikes Peak—an adventure for sure!

There is a lot of work involved in keeping a life running in two countries. I am waiting to hear back about the best way to reunite myself with my work permit for Zambia that I had to leave behind to be renewed when I came home, and today I took a trip down to the DPS to get my US drivers license renewed a little early so I’ll get it back before I leave. When I get back to Zambia I’ll need to renew my Zambia drivers license which will have just expired, and I also need to try again to get my alien registration card. I tried before leaving the country, but the office had just closed so it was a no go. I have to say though, while not my favorite place to go, I’ll deal with the DPS here any day over RTSA!

My other big project for this week is to get my taxes sorted out so that I have time to get them looked over before I have to mail them in. Not my favorite pastime, but render unto Caesar, right?

My shoulder is still a little sore, but as I just spent four days driving that is to be expected. I’m hoping it will work out to get another massage before I head out to make sure that it isn’t knotting back up again.

Thank you to all who have prayed for me, visited with me, and supported me in any way. May the Lord bless you richly for how you have blessed me.

Parting shot: As you can see, I came by my height honestly! These two uncles make me look if not short, at least 'normal.'

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