10 Things I'll Miss About Here

I leave the United States in less than 24 hours. Tony leaves in less than eight. I can't believe that. I can't believe our time here has run its course.

When I left the country in January 2013, I was completely excited for the journey ahead, knowing I'd return home in 11 months. This time, other than the wedding, I know basically nothing about what the future will bring… and that adds a whole new dynamic to the situation.

Often, the greater the unknown, the greater the anxiety. 

So what's a person to do? I reckon either die of anxiety or put her faith in something bigger than herself. And that's what I'm trying to do (emphasis trying).

I know God has called me to Tony, and I know He's called us to Cape Town. Other than that, we don't know a whole lot. Honestly, we can hardly see five feet in front of us. "Day-by-day" is our mantra, and lately I've found it surprisingly easy to "live in the present."

Now... as I grieve the loss (yet again) of a place near and dear to my heart, I wanted to share with you 10 things I'll miss about Knoxville/America:

  1. My family and friends
  2. Almond milk
  3. The helpfulness of websites
  4. Mexican restaurants
  5. Garbage disposals
  6. "Y'all"
  7. Unlimited wifi and 3G
  8. Tomato Head (Can I get an amen?)
  9. Country music… and people who listen to it
  10. Wide open spaces

And one more: central heating and air. (I'll really be missing it come South Africa's summer!)

To our family and friends: Thank you for celebrating us, praying for us, encouraging us, supporting us, and expressing interest in our story. Our time in Knoxville and Baton Rouge has been so special. We love you guys. Please come visit us in Cape Town!

Love,
Julie

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Tony and me at our engagement party on May 4th in Dandridge, TN.

Photo credit: Katherine Vermillion