We had the most beautiful visit with our family in the States over the holidays. It began with sled riding on Nana and Papa’s hill in Pennsylvania and ended with riding giant inner tubes down an airplane water slide screaming glee to Grandma and Grandpa.
Our days in America were warm. Because of the love we received everyday from our family and friends. And because the temperatures were well over zero degrees. We galavanted outside with jackets and tennis shoes. Cherishing every glimpse and touch of green grass. Sinking toes deep into the sand. Taking long breaths of fresh air, filling our lungs, allowing God to renew our spirits.
The kids hugged their grandparents. And they were truly embraced. They laughed and giggled with family who understood them, were somehow like them, and deeply, thoroughly loved them. We loved watching the kids grow into themselves during this visit. Their language sprouted and quickly flourished. Personalities blossomed. Newness that we had yet to see, came to the surface and our hearts were surprised with new joy! Ahsa had never smiled so much and she started speaking in sentences. Everest settled into himself and was a laid back, Daddy’s boy. Abyala was reunited with her pea-in-the-pod cousin, Graham, and together they enjoyed life hand in hand, heart to heart. All the kids re-discovered the joy of family love!
And for a few days we retreated. To the ocean waves. The soothing, healing, beauty of life on the Oregon coast. God blessed us with the most incredible weather! A gift, for certain. Watching Abyala run barefoot in the sand, chasing seagulls with arms open wide, against the backdrop of dazzling, sun kissed waves was about all the joy I ever need in my life. Time stopped. Phil and I are still holding those days captive in our hearts, savoring every last drop of the happiness we felt on seaside with our littles.
To describe the beauty of our visit with our family would take an entire novel, so we leave it at this. Gratefulness. We are grateful for each and every one of you who took the time to be with us. God used you to fill our hearts for the journey ahead. You loved us, we felt it, and love is our fuel. As we press on in Mongolia, we pray for you. We don’t want to think too much of ourselves, but we know there is a gap when we leave. We pray for God to fill your hearts with the love you so graciously poured out into us. And abundantly more. We know you need fuel for the road ahead as well.
With great love and thankfulness…
PS. Sadly, we can’t add photos because we’re out of space on our site. You may hear of a new Ewert family blog site soon to remedy our photo issue… thanks for following along with us!