This view. This water. I cannot tell you how many nights I spent at the dock. Once the sun sets and the stars come out, I would walk the two minutes from the hotel and just take it in, pray, reflect. I'd have company several times - these moments were treasures for me. One night in particular, I was alone at the dock and had seen several shooting stars. I looked down and noticed the bioluminescence in the water. Just as the stars danced above, the water was filled with this beautiful white light that would erupt as waves crashed. These moments are treasures.
This little guy. Christian Jonathan. He became a part of our family, sharing meals with us on a regular basis and just hanging out whenever he had the time. He'd come usually after raiding the local tienda for snacks and sugar-filled drinks. He had the sweetest joy about him and would always end up grabbing hold of my leg as I stood talking to people or going about some daily business. He always wanted to know what we were going to do next and would invite himself along in the process. I always made him eat his veggies.
Finally (for now), life as a family. This group (minus Marcella who was not pictured above), was a family together for almost 2 months. We navigated amazing and challenging moments and did it with a heart that was unified in loving the 12 that God had brought us. We were excited for adventure, open to new things, honest in struggles, and we laughed a lot.
These are some of the many pieces of this summer that made it so special. I'm grateful. It's hard to be away from these things, but yes, I am grateful.