In season

One of our last hurrahs of our last week in Washington was to pick cherries.  We arrived here in April, just as the cherry trees were blossoming, and we got to come back to these same trees, a few months later, to enjoy their fruit.

How did this happen so quickly, from flower to fruit?  How did the time pass by so fast?  This is what seasons do:  they begin and they end, they bring nourishment and growth, sunshine and beautiful fruit.  And we get to enjoy it all.

This season of the past few months, from beginning to end, was very, very good to us.  We were lavished with hospitality, fed extravagant meals, and shown radical generosity.  We did crazy stuff like camping and road-tripping with a 2-year-old.  But perhaps best of all, we got to spend time with the people who we love and who love us.  This is perhaps what I will remember, and miss, the most.

As this season turns and grows into a new one, I've been thinking about how I can pay it forward.  How I can bless others like I've been blessed.  I've got a new cookbook and some handy tips from my chef-friend, new craft projects to share, and a book in my to-read list called "The Art of Neighboring".  I guess that means I'm ready to be home!

Our driver to the airport today (I am writing this from a hotel room...our flight leaves at 7a.m. tomorrow morning!) was in a bad mood, and my first thought was "how rude!" Then I realized that no matter where we are, in season or out of season, holiday or work, at home or abroad, our job is to be light.  What is missions if it isn't plain-old-every-day obedience (even in my attitude), no matter what part of the world you call home?

Getting distracted!

I'm going to miss these cherries (and apricots, and good strawberries and blueberries, the peaches...you get the hint). Ellis is going to miss his new friends, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents.  I will miss this place, too.  We've been explaining to Ellis how when we say goodbye to someone, we get to say hello to someone else.  It's time to say goodbye, but as frenzied, hurried, and sad as the goodbyes may be, we've got some very exciting hellos ahead of us!

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