back to life, back to reality

We’re home. Pausing a moment to let that sink in.

I feel like a new woman compared to last night when I didn’t know who or where I was or what in the world was going on. I just wanted to curl up in a ball and cry. I actually did allow myself the luxury of a few tears after I tried to take a cold shower (we came home to a busted water heater) and lasted 15 seconds. Cold showers in Ohio are NOT the same as cold showers in Cambodia.


Here we are. I have hundreds, no THOUSANDS, of thoughts and emotions swirling through my brain. I’ve always been brain-swirled, but this is a bit much. Trusting God to get me through this.

THANK YOU for going along with us on our journey to Cambodia. Some of you expressed sadness that our trip was already over, because you were enjoying all the posts. WELL. Can I just say that we have THOUSANDS (and no, this is not an exaggeration) of pictures from our trip and hundreds of stories to go along with them?

We’ll be in Cambodia for a long, long time, friends.

Each of our girls got all teary in the airport when we hugged them for the first time, and it was one of the most beautiful moments EVER. Our three have fallen in love with the other 22 and are dying to go with us the next time we go. If you only knew how badly I want to help make this happen.


Well, my sweet neighbor A. has offered me a hot shower two doors down at her place, so I’m heading there now. Thank you, thank you, thank you, friend! Then it’s off to church where both Cambodia teams will be sharing with the rest of the church about our trips. Wowzers.

Thank you for you love and prayers, friends. You’re beyond awesome.

8 thoughts on “back to life, back to reality

  1. Kay

    Marla, I loved sharing your trip with you! I know that feeling of “let down” when you come off a mountain. Hang in there dear one and just give yourself a little time and room to descend that mountain top slowly. You have done a good thing and you have been blessed as well. Breathe deep and let it soak in a little longer. Blessings to you!

  2. Elizabeth

    So thankful you’re home safe and got to enjoy a hot shower today! Your trip has been on my mind a lot, and I’m anxious to hear more about how you’re processing it all.

    Also, we have a good friend who, unbeknownst to me, was in a refugee camp in Cambodia in the early 80’s. Last night he was telling us all about the little that he remembers and all that his family survived. It’s an amazing story, and I got to tell him about what you and Gabe have been doing.

  3. Kaye

    So thankful you are home SAFE. Pray you and Gabe get some well deserved rest and lots of hugs and kisses from your little ones. Look forward to reading about each and every story. Thanks for blessing us by sharing your journey.
    Blessings today and always,
    Matthew 21:22

  4. Holly V.

    Sooooo glad you’re home and that your girls were elated to see you! 🙂 Praying for a quick and inexpensive fix of the water heater. Love you, friend.

  5. Lisa

    You’re home! Hold those beautiful children in your heart, Marla. Let the seeds they planted in you while you were there continue to grow. I can’t wait to see how God continues to cultivate this experience for you. Okay, enough of the gardening metaphors. Love you!

  6. janelle

    hot water heater – satan is a “joy robber”….he knows the work you did for our LORD…. don’t let him take ONE BIT of the joy YOU HAVE in serving JESUS ! That moment with the girls was – INCREDIBLE…embed it in your heart deeply…how amazing is God.

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