We arrived home this morning to find this sign on our front door.
It has been an incredible day of readjustments, hellos to family and friends, and acknowledgement that a major chapter in our life is finished. Does it lead to other chapters? We can't pretend to know that now.
It feels so strange to settle back into our little apartment where things are clean, tidy, not brick, and without bugs. How do we reconcile this with the life we've lived for four months? What is our responsibility from here forward? Who are we to be here?
This is our final post, number 1009. You have walked with us on our journey, encouraged us with your comments, and reminded us night after night that we were not alone. When we have cried while writing, you cried while reading. When we have celebrated, you have cheered at home too. You have been "with us" in a depth that we felt so clearly, so far from home. Thank you for praying, believing, supporting, cheering, and living fully.
We don't really know how to "end" a blog like this, since it's really a story of beginnings - for us, for Tierra Linda, and hopefully for you. We're hoping to share some news from Tierra Linda over the next few months, and if you'd like us to include you when we send out an email, drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of you are friends that we may never meet. Our best wishes to you, whoever and wherever you are tonight, and may you follow the call of your crazy dreams too.
Henri Nouwen said that “we are often afraid to enter into the chaos surrounding situations of poverty, and we will remain paralyzed unless we dare to take new risks. If we need to have all our bases covered before we move into action, then nothing exciting ever happens, but if we dare to take a few crazy risks because God asks us to do so, many doors that we didn’t know existed open before us.”
Gracias. Dios te bendigo (God bless you).
Dave, Danaya, Zane, and the future leaders of Tierra Linda