24 hours from now we'll be on our way. Its hard to believe we leave tomorrow! I have such mixed feelings. I'm excited to experience something new, see new places, be adventurous. I'm longing to hug my little "daughter" Moni and "son" Robin (our sponsor children). I tear up thinking about the nearly 400 kids that will be celebrating our visit- thinking about the things they will teach me-and things I can share with them. I get nervous thinking about traveling to China and all that it entails. I'm unsure of the food- I'm not a picky eater, but yet, don't like to try new things! I'm curious to what a Bengali wedding will look like (one of the former children from the home who now works there is getting married while we are there!). I'm curious to see what a Chinese urban area looks like with multimillion people all in close proximity. I hold out hope that I'll be able to see a Panda bear. I'm thrilled to learn about the ministries of our missionary friends.
I'm sad to leave Isabelle behind again. My heart aches for all that she will learn that I will miss over the two weeks we're gone. I get choked up thinking about not being with her on Thanksgiving. I'm excited for her to spend 4 whole days with her best buddy Riah and then 10 days with her Lillie family.
And yet I'm impressed that all of our luggage pieces are underweight by like 10 pounds, despite the 16 bags of butterscotch candies I added this afternoon!
I hope all of these emotions are normal- I'm sure they are. I'll let you know in 2 weeks how it all plays out! God bless you friends.