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From the back country of Asia to the back country of America.

All in a month’s time.

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The scenery on January 5th.

The scenery on January 5th.

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This is what I was doing on January 5th (just before my trusty camera broke).

This is what I was doing on January 5th (just before my trusty camera broke).

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The scenery on December 5th.

The scenery on December 5th.

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This is what I was doing on December 5th (accidental sun flare means I can actually post this photo of my friend on the mountain!)

This is what I was doing on December 5th (accidental sun flare means I can actually post this photo of my friend on the mountain!)

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there and here.

The past three weeks have been a bit of a blur. I said goodbye to my students. I wrapped up my time in Burma, and in Thailand. I flew. A lot. I visited the ones I love in California, Oregon, Washington, and now, Idaho. I left the warmth and humidity of Asia, and traded it for rain, snow, and temperatures that have kept me in layers.

I’ve ached for the things that feel lost after this year, and I treasure the things that I’ve learned.

Since traveling to the NW to see family, I’ve kept a pretty low profile. I hope that’s ok.

I’ve read. I’ve laughed. I’ve processed the past eight months. I’ve photographed. I even broke my camera. Womp womp.

For those of you who’ve asked, “what are you doing now?”… know that the work I’ve been apart of is far from over, and I am still deeply committed to it. I’m also aware that I can’t work for free (or nearly free) forever. I also want to be better at it—-the work, that is.

I don’t have many answers yet, and though that feels extremely revealing, it also feels very honest. And that’s what I want to be. Honest.

So for those of you who may be bummed because I haven’t called to let you know “I’m baaaaack”, A) don’t stay bummed, because I heart you, and B) the phone works both ways.

Twenty eleven. Ready or not, here you are.

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Dec
18th
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I’m not gonna lie, it feels good to not be living out of a pack right now.

I’m not gonna lie, it feels good to not be living out of a pack right now.

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I’m baaaaaack…

and it’s been a crazy few days. It feels great to be back in America, and at the same time, I’m already missing the people I love in Asia. I have a lot more than this to say, but for now I will just thank you all for praying with me (and for me), and for making me feel so loved as I wrestle through jet lag and other fun stuff like that.

Highlights since I’ve been home: A) visiting LA, San Diego, and Portland/Vancouver within my first three days in the USA. Whew, talk about a little overwhelming. B) Drinks that taste like Christmas (pumpkin spice, gingerbread, and the vanilla chai I’m currently sipping on). C) JEANS. Sounds weird, but it’s great to have by jeans back, and to not be too hot to put em’ on.

Merry Christmas!

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Missing them, and in the midst of more border clashes, hopeful that there will be a way back to them. But even if there isn’t, I’m thankful for them, and for their deep commitment to their people. It’s challenged the way I live!

Missing them, and in the midst of more border clashes, hopeful that there will be a way back to them. But even if there isn’t, I’m thankful for them, and for their deep commitment to their people. It’s challenged the way I live!

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