I have been staring at this blank screen, on this new blog site, for weeks now. And this is as far as I’ve gotten.
It’s not that I don’t have anything to say; it’s that I have so many things racing through my head that I’m not sure which to write first. I have been holding on to an announcement that finally needs to be made official. It’s a decision I made a while ago that I finally need to just get off my chest.
Are you ready for it? Here it goes:
Starting in this year of 2020, I have decided to join an adult tap dancing troupe.
I know, I know. It’s a risky move, and definitely an unexpected one. If you had told me just a few years ago that I would become a tap dancer before turning 30, I would have thought you were crazy. But after thinking about it, this just seems like the right move for where I’m at in life, you know? And plus I already have this cool jacket to wear to my performances:
Okay, okay. So maybe I’m not joining a dance troupe. But I do have an announcement to make, one that was more unexpected to me than if I had become a dancer.
This year, I will be leaving El Sembrador school in Honduras, where I have lived and worked for the past four years. And in the beginning of July, I will be moving to Uganda to work with my sister, and the organization she co-directs called Petros Zoe.
In the photo above, I am standing with the 11th graders at El Sembrador, the ones who will be graduating and going out into the world at the end of this year. When I first began working at El Sembrador, these guys were just starting out their journey here in 7th grade. They were small, nervous, excited, and now they are almost adults ready to make a difference in their country. It has been a unbelievable privilege to watch them grow up before my eyes, and it feels fitting that I entered with this generation, and I will be leaving with them too.
I think God knew how hard it would be for me to say goodbye to this place where He has taught me so much, and these incredible people that I have come to love deeply. He has led me patiently through a long and slow process, but the end of the journey is finally here. And even though the goodbyes will be painful, I know it is the right time. At the end of March (only one month away!) I will give some final hugs, wipe my tears, and make the transition back to the States for the next few months as I prepare to make the next big move.
Many of you already knew this change was coming, but maybe some of you have questions. What will I be doing in Uganda? How did I come to make this decision? Why in the world did I major in Spanish back in college? And why did I give my blog this name?
I promise I will be going into more detail in the next couple of weeks, for those of you who are interested. I am so excited to be writing again and to be able to share with you the big dreams and plans God has given me.
What’s that? You want to know how you can get involved in these plans? I’m so glad you asked! The first thing you could do for me is to pray for me and my last weeks at El Sembrador. Pray that I can take advantage of the time I have left to spend with everyone I care about here. And pray for those looming goodbyes that I wish I didn’t have to face.
And if you want to stay up to date with all the news about this new chapter in my life, be sure to subscribe your email to receive updates right to your inbox! I am so thankful for everyone who has encouraged me through this process, and I am looking forward to sharing more opportunities on how you can get involved in the amazing things that God is doing in Uganda. In the meantime, enjoy a few pictures of some of the moments I’ve enjoyed at El Sembrador during these final couple of months: