the day before Cambodia

Spoiled rotten. That’s how I feel. For every punch the enemy has landed, God has poured out double the blessing and then some.

Yes, there was the marital strife and the pool-flips-induced neck injury and Ava’s tooth emergency and Livi’s ear infection and the busted camera and all the other crud.

BUT there’s also the renewed marital joy and the miracle-working massage therapist and a new spacer (covered by insurance!) and prescription ear drops and a camera repair shop in Michigan and $5000 in raised funds and little bits and pieces coming together beautifully.

And three beautiful little girls who are peacefully playing dentist in the bathroom instead of crying about Mommy and Daddy leaving for Cambodia in 19 hours.

We’re almost all packed! I just have to figure out how to cram some of my carry-on stuff (books!) in Gabe’s camera bag, so I don’t strain my neck carrying too much.

Speaking of, Mr. Tony put me through the TORTURE CHAMBER this afternoon. Oh my stinking word. I thought I’d died and gone straight to hell. He fixed the left side of my neck and shoulder without too much trouble then said the right side felt pretty tight. Then OW OW OW OW. “Your neck is a mess,” he told me. “And this is not a recent injury. It’s been this way for a long, long time. Were you in a car accident or something when you were younger?”

Not that I know of.

“The last girl I worked on with a neck as bad as yours had tried to hang herself.”

Well, I’ve never tried that, so that couldn’t be it. Mom, did I do anything traumatic to myself when I was young? Please tell me it’s not from the time I rocked too hard in the little rocking chair at church and hit my head on the huge metal doorknob and had to get stitches. That would make my injury, what, 31 years old?

Anyway. Ouch.

So we ran errands this morning, did some dishes, laundry, packing. Ate whatever we could find in the fridge. Hung out at the pool with my friend Amanda and her girlies. Man, we’re going to miss seeing them every day. And I’m about 98% sure they’ll have a baby boy by the time we get back. Amanda wasn’t doing so hot there for awhile this afternoon, and I just envisioned delivering Baby J myself right there in the 6-ft.

We met Gabe at Pei Wei for a Going Away Dinner as a family. I ate like there was no tomorrow. The second I get off the plane back in Ohio, I’m losing this ridiculous extra weight I’ve piled on since last summer. Ugh.

And last, but not least, THANK YOU. I’ve gotten some of the sweetest e-mails, phone calls, facebook messages, whathaveyou from so many sweet, beautiful people telling us they’re praying. I can’t even tell you what that means to me. I feel like we’re being buoyed up by the awesome prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and it’s such a complete honor.

THANK YOU for the part you’re playing in all of this. I feel so humbled and grateful that we get to go and that you’re right there with us, cheering us on and bringing our requests before God. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

I love all of you to bits. My next post will more than likely be from one of several airports (C-bus, Dallas, San Fran…).

Good night and God bless!

EDIT: Well, the dentist play-acting was nice while it lasted. Until Livi “tried to scare Ava by kicking right next to her head” and “accidentally” kicking her in the head so hard she bawled. Never a dull moment.

10 thoughts on “the day before Cambodia

  1. Liz

    I have had just enough time to skim through my favorite blogs lately without a chance to comment but I wanted to stop by and let you know I am joining many in praying for a safe and blessed trip to Cambodia. I am looking forward to reading about your time there and how God and those people bless you as you bless them.
    Can I add that I am so glad that my dentist doesn’t try to scare me anymore than he already does by trying to kick me right next to my head? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Elizabeth

    I have been thinking about you guys all day! I’m so excited to read all about your trip and see the amazing pictures that I know Gabe will take. I am praying BIG things from our BIG God. Love, love, love you!

    What weight? You look thinner to me.

  3. O Mom

    Will be praying for you…I have read Jen’s blog for awhile and I am always so inspired by her and the kids. I can’t believe you will be there and I will get to see you hug and love some of those beautiful smiling faces I have been folowing and praying for. Don’t let your heart break too much by all you will see and feel….just hug them for me and for Jesus. You are the perfect person for this!!!

  4. Lisa

    I cannot WAIT for your first update!!! If this is not a God-ordained trip, I don’t know what is. Praying as mightily as the Lord wired me to be able to (and then some) that He shows up in HUGE ways every moment of this journey. Thank you that you and Gabe do not hesitate to be his willing vessels over and over again. We are all blessed because of you.

  5. Emily Kay

    HA! Sorry to laugh about Livi and Ava but my brother pulled stunts like that SO MANY times when we were younger. ๐Ÿ™‚ He was always trying to “almost punch us” (resulting in a bloody nose for me) or “pretending to drop something” (resulting in glass and an entire jar of pickles all over the kitchen floor). Ah memories. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Nixie

    Have a wonderful time in Cambodia, I will be praying for you as you take the powerful word of our Lord to the people in Cambodia, pray many might come to know him through your mission trip and that it might be an enlightening experience for you and Gabe too. Will also pray for you kiddos ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Pop in on the way home if you have time ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love you more!

  7. gitz

    I had something encouraging to write about praying for you while on your trip, but then your update started me laughing and I can’t remember a word of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Sending much love with you!

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