I'm stepping up to the microphone again to make an announcement.
"Ahem. Is this thing on?"
With butterflies of excitement, and just a little trepidation...
"I am going back to Ethiopia with Karen this November."
My dear husband is so tolerant and supportive. I know he has a million things that 'need' to be fixed (like the growing crack in the basement wall). I never had to tell him how important this trip is to me. Or to Jirigna. Or to our kids, who are watching how WE live our lives. He just knew.
I mentioned the upcoming trip and then that I need to make a decision soon. He looked at me for a long moment and said, "Of course. It really isn't that big of a deal."
A highly unusual response for him regarding something that is indeed a pretty big deal. I've said it before; he's my knight in wrinkled business casual.
I'm cooking up some plans on how we can be a big blessing to our wonderful friends in Ethiopia and all of the beautiful children that they care for. I can't wait to see them again and I can't wait to share with them blessings from my friends in the US!
There are limited spots available, if you think you would like to join us. It's sure to be an amazing time. Email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested--November 11-21.