Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Family Time

7:00 AM
This past week and a half have been spent with family. We've been in Michigan and in Tampa, it's been a blessing to reconnect with our loved ones! As we preparing for London, it was a really great time to share with everyone about our upcoming outreach. Most [if not, all!] of our families are our biggest fans...praying for us, cheering us on, supporting us and blessing us. I already had that on my side, and I just love that I married into that same culture.

Our week in Michigan was beautiful, yet warm. So thankful for lake breezes, that kept the temperatures out of the 100's! In addition to spending time with family, we were able to connect with Creagon's home church, Road to Life. They are such a great community of believers in southwest Michigan, and I love worshipping with them! We shared about our outreach with the Sunday night youth group, and those fierce prayer warriors were lifting us up! Fantastic! We also traveled to see friends, which was wonderful as well. One thing that I've loved about missions is how it's "forced" me to stay in community. There's no way we could do this job alone, and I love that. We celebrated the one-year anniversary of our engagement while we there. We are such saps! And we also celebrated the Fourth of July in Michigan! Creagon's neighborhood goes all out, with a parade, a "petting zoo", a picnic and games. It's a blast! Can't wait to bring our own kids back one day....

It was sad to say goodbye, but it was great getting over to Tampa as well. As we roll up with dirty laundry, my parents are always happy to have us! We celebrated my little sister's 20th [!!!!!!] birthday, and had the whole Engdahl/Hittinger/Rhoades clan over. So fun! I love my family and the journey they've been on with me. We visited my home church, Watermark, on Sunday as well. Which always feels like coming home. No matter how long I've been gone, it's like I never left. Love love love worshipping with them! So many friends, and so little time is the usual feeling of a weekend in Tampa. But we saw several, and are so blessed to have their prayers sending us to London.

It's been a whirlwind, and it's great to be back at the Muldoon Camper preparing for our team to arrive later this week. This week will be a blur, no doubt.

I'll blink and I'll wake up in London. I hope.

About the author

Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!