One of the many beautiful things about growing up as a TCK (Third Culture Kid) is I am quick to call most anything “home.” This can be confusing for other people. I remember the first time J.J. and I traveled together. It was getting late and I was tired so I told him “let’s go home” implying: “let’s go back to our hotel.” He immediately assumed I wasn’t enjoying our vacation and wanted to go back to Albuquerque, which was the furthest from the truth! I am quick to call “home” wherever I lay my head, even if just for one night. Needless to say, that means I have a lot of homes scattered all of the world.
All that said, it’s good to be home. While we miss the beautiful city of Cape Town and we miss our friends, it’s been so good to be back in Albuquerque this past month. We’ve loved catching up with friends and family, eating New Mexican food, and getting re-settled in the cutest-house-you-ever-did-see. J.J. has jumped head-first into work and is enjoying being a part of the Desert Fuels team again.
For my part, I am “temporarily-retired” and am doing my best to stay busy during the day. It has been a sweet time where I get to spend a long, extended time in the morning with God and then take care of errands or honey-do’s around the house. I get to make ridiculously delicious things for dinner and walk to pick J.J. up from the bus stop when he gets off work. I get to go to the zoo with some of my nieces and nephews and meet my parents for a coffee date mid-morning. I’m sure I’ll head back to work soon but until then I am loving this gift of time that I’ve been given.
Every morning God has sweet & kind words of encouragement for me. He’s reminded me that I find my worth by who HE says I am, not what I do. He has shown me through the story of Jonah that he will never flippantly respond “well you made your bed, now sleep in it” but instead will fiercely pursue and rescue me no matter what I’ve done. From washing dishes, to folding laundry, to weeding our backyard He is there by my side drawing me deeper into His love.