Today is my teammate Kristin’s birthday! I won’t tell you how old she is, but people are often surprised to learn she is older than me. 😉 Most of our birthdays the last five years have been spent trying to find air conditioning and a few treats to enjoy while far away from family in Cambodia. This year is different, but I thought I would post some favorite memories and blessings for this new year.
We’ve shared so many adventures over the last 5+ years! These have included exploring different countries:
Every kind of creature you could imagine:
And opportunities to fall in love with a new culture:
We’ve squabbled and hurt each other’s feelings, worked through clunky conversations to fight for understanding, surprised each other with gifts, cried in sympathy and compassion, celebrated and cheered each other on. We’ve leaned hard on each other when there wasn’t any one else, praying like crazy and pushing back the darkness that pressed in heavy. There were probably days when we wanted to give up on life overseas and each other, but I’m grateful for the deep friendship forged and strengthened by the joys and sorrows and trials.
Happy birthday, Kristin! I’m grateful for you and the ways you challenge me, encourage me and help me learn more about who God created me to be while you dive into that discovery yourself. May you continue to know God’s tender care for you in the hidden places this year, as you are amazed at His sweet gifts and challenged by the leaps of faith He calls you to.