There were so many things that I didn’t know when we left for Zimbabwe. Who could say what challenges, what opportunities, what joys and hardships we would face? You can try to mentally prepare for testing times, but until you face them you can’t really know how you’re going to make out.
One thing that I thought about a lot before leaving was how this change was going to affect our family as a unit, and as individuals. Specifically, I wondered about Lia and Nae, what it would do to their relationship. Being 4 years apart in age, they are sort of at different stages. Movie nights can be more complicated now. Lia doesn’t always want to watch Pixar’s latest offering, so we have to teach compromise. What we witnessed over our time at Eden was awesome!
Lia and Naomi became friends. Sounds dumb maybe, they are sisters after all and shouldn’t they be friends? But the reality is that siblings are not always friends, that’s just the way it is. Our girls spent all their time together outside of school and they were great together. We were able to watch them grow closer than they would have in Canada out of necessity. There were about a dozen people on our last plane coming back to Canada and as soon as the seatbelt light was off Carole and I spread out, each taking a row of seats to ourselves. We looked back to see the girls side by side, not even an empty seat between them, talking and laughing together. In a plane where they could have been 30 seats apart, they chose to be as close to each other as they could be. I just about cried to see them.
As parents heading to the ‘mission field’ we worried about our girls, but so far, it’s been awesome and Lia says she can’t wait to get back. Thank you, God, for that.