Tuesday, October 02, 2012


Fall, it's beautiful. This morning the boys and I were sitting in our living room, watching colorful leaves  tumble to the ground. Simple beauty. Incredibly relaxing to watch. I was reminded how blessed we are. We are loved by the Creator & Sustainer of the universe. We live in abundance. We are blessed by friends who care about us and push us toward God.

I've been amazed once more at the way God has created us with an ability to adapt, to change, to grow.  Thinking back a week or a month, every task, every moment, was such a stretch. Today I realised there are a number of things I can do intuitively, places I can be (not necessarily get to!) without a lot of stress. It hit me that I've passed a marker of adjustment-- I can actually conceive doing more than surviving here: I might actually LIVE here. I can begin to think about bigger things than getting through the day, at least at times. It's amazing, really!

Garry gets home tomorrow evening, a time we're all eagerly anticipating. His time in Arizona has been blessed, and we trust He has also been able to bless others. We are looking forward to getting our shipment from the Philippines later this week hopefully, and our stuff from Arizona should arrive next week. Life was never meant to fit into neat little boxes, but the bit of order we're getting is a huge blessing!


The Røsviks said...

I love your blog, Cynthia! I love your honesty and insights, and you have such a way with words. I could relate so much with the first two paragraphs, but doubt I could have ever put those feelings into words like you did. Praying for you today. (And enjoy those beautiful fall colors! I spent my whole childhood dreaming about what it would be like to experience fall outside of a tropical climate, and now I've had two years in a row of true fall!) :-)

Garry and Cynthia Barkman said...

Thanks, Sara! I think we all experience things much the same in the life of moving and change, and I thought this time around I'd try to capture a small bit of that in words. Thanks for commenting... I wonder at times if it's worth it:).

So glad you get to do fall again! I never dreamed of fall, but I'm enjoying it just the same!

Deanna said...

Thanks so much for hitting my blog - i'll be writing more in the coming weeks about tck stuff. And your perspective is very much appreciated and welcome. Oh! I read your writing and am reminded of the first few months and years we were back from our missionary service in Germany! What a crazy adjustment it is, isn't it? Almost impossible to describe to anyone who hasn't done it. You do a beautiful job writing about your experiences - I look forward to keeping up with your story via blog.

Garry and Cynthia Barkman said...

Thanks, Deanna! I'll keep checking your blog-- very interesting! It is a crazy adjustment... so thankful for God's grace and mercy that pull us through. God bless you!