She is on a flight coming from her connection in San Francisco en route from Shanghai as I write and I am seriously so dang excited.
She has been living in China for nearly five weeks.
(For how she made the decision to head on this adventure, click HERE.)
I knew this would be a good opportunity. She did too. We both had the most peaceful feeling about her going. But I had no idea when we dropped her off at that airport all those weeks ago the depth of how great it would be.
Every text and FaceTime from her has been literally filled with light.
She has learned and grown more than either of us could have imagined, and I cannot wait to hear more.
I expected a lot more homesickness and tears. It’s hard to be away that long! And to miss all the stuff she missed. And yes, there was a little homesickness here and there. But honestly, I think these guys made all the difference:
That’s her “team” that included our awesome neighbor, one of Elle’s best friends, another kid who went to her high school who is solid and pretty amazing, and two other girls she hadn’t met before who she has grown to love as well.
I think it also made a huge difference that Kevin (Dave’s business partner), was their “boss.” And he is as good as they come.
I want her to tell the story, hoping she will do a guest post to tell all about her experience over there when we get her back. But until then here are a few of the pictures she has sent.
I adore this girl of mine because for many reasons but I’ve been so grateful this summer that she’s so good at details and talking. We have FaceTimed almost every day…at least for the first few weeks.
Everything from interesting foods she’s tried:
To the great things she was learning from her team:
To the cute kids she’s been working with:
(teaching English and helping in some summer camps)
To the side adventures of exploring.
And the adventures of never-drying laundry 🙂
(Technology is pretty amazing for staying in touch, I tell you! So weird that we could be face-timing her in some tiny village in China as we drove down some random freeway in California for instance.)
Check out the size of this hail they had one day:
These guys got to go to church in the same branch where we used to go when we lived there and it was so fun for her to see some still familiar faces in the congregation.
She has tried all kinds of new things:
…and really started liking seafood.
They went to Beijing one of the weeks (when they had a break from teaching) and explored.
They even got to go to the Chinese Disneyland one of their last days.
I cannot wait to hear more details in a matter of hours.
I knew I’d miss that girl, but I had no idea the gravity and depth of that missing! There is a giant hole without her enthusiasm and huge smile and willingness to help around here. We’ve been counting down the days since we got home:
(Bo is pretty excited to get her home too 🙂
And the day has arrived.
Hopefully she’ll pop up in a post soon to tell all the details.
Until then we’ll be hugging her up and listening to all her stories…and trying to help her get over jet-lag to be ready for school on Wednesday! Ouch!