2014 has come and gone. Time marches forward, and yet, no flying cars.
As my wrap-up post for the year, here are my top 10 memories/moments/milestones for 2014, in no particular order.
1. Baby Bennett 2.0! (Due in about 8 weeks. Yikes!)
2. Trip to America – lots of fun times with family and friends, and a chance to rest and refresh.
3. The Book! I had the amazing opportunity to work with a friend to write a book on a topic about which I have become quite passionate, and it’s being published in just a few weeks. I will be sharing more in the coming weeks.
4. Family vacation to Zanzibar. It was beautiful and luxurious.
5. Substitute teaching at an international Christian school here in Kigali for about 6 weeks. It was so fun to get to know the kids and share some love of British literature.
6. New friends – Ben and Susie Thomas (http://www.benandsusiethomas.com/) moved to Kigali. They are an amazing family serving in Rwanda, and they’ve been an essential addition to our community here. We love them!
7. Watching Freddy grow up has been humbling and beautiful. His physical growth, language development and personality formation has been a thrill to watch. I just love (most of) the minutes I spend with him.
8. Speaking of humbling experiences, in 2014, BB launched his consulting business, which included hiring and training Rwandan staff. We are learning more every day, and it’s been exciting to watch God work through this little project.
9. OWAS closed down! After a long battle, the Council on Accreditation revoked OWAS’ accreditation, and as a result, they had to declare bankruptcy and close.
10. We celebrated 11 years of marriage. What a joy it’s been to be loved by my sweet husband. It’s hard to believe we are those same crazy, idealistic babies that got married. And now we are almost parents x 2.
In 2015, I am looking forward to being in America for the birth of Baby Bennett 2.0, the book being published, a return to our friends here in Rwanda, a family reunion in Maine, and maybe some more African travel. Most importantly, I am looking forward to seeing how God continues to stretch us, challenge us and teach us more about him and his world.
Happy New Year!