Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dear Friends,

David and I sat down to make a to-do list. The list was four pages long. I am officially overwhelmed. Delighted. Grateful. But overwhelmed.

I thought that the day we bought our tickets to France would be the day that the whole adventure finally felt real. I was wrong. If anything, it feels more surreal than ever.

I cannot begin to feel the emotions that I know will eventually overtake me because the tasks before me demand my attention. The feelings lurk under the surface, biding their time. Oh, but they are there.

In so many ways, I am in uncharted waters. For this reason, dear friends, I need to ask you for one thing: Grace.

I've never done this "this" I mean "leave all that I know and love to move halfway around the world." I don't know how to leave well, but I want to. I promise that I will do my best, but unfortunately, I am sure I am going to make mistakes, hurt feelings, fail friends, disappoint people, and drop balls. I don't want to do those things, but I probably will. In fact, I already have.

I am so grateful for those who will tell me when I have let them down. I DO want to know. When you help me see the error of my ways, I can learn from my mistakes and hopefully, I will get better as time goes by. After all, I have two and half months of leaving left to do and I certainly do not want to leave a wake of relational destruction behind me.

There are no words to express my gratitude for your support through our journey thus far. I hope I get the opportunity to look each one of you in the eye and thank you. And hug you. And cry with you. And laugh with you. This is my highest hope.

I love you, friends. And since I can't put you all in my suitcase, I want you to know that through this blog I DO feel like we are traveling together. And I don't think I could do it without you.

Love, Jenn


  1. I may not see you in person very often, but this blog sure makes me feel like we're having coffee and you're sharing your latest adventure. Thanks for letting me tag along.

  2. Ditto what PeggyB said. I love sharing your experiences by reading your blog. Love you guys and hope to see you before you go.