November 1, 2014


So here we are. Tomorrow I board the plane for Zimbabwe. My therapist has asked me to write down how I feel each day I’m there, to get an idea of how this trip affects me before, during and after. So tonight, I’m writing on here about how I feel before I analyze it to death or talk myself out of it.

Anxious: mostly about being away from Sam and Bella. My mom is out to be with Bella during the day, and keep Sam company, but I haven’t ever been away this long. I’ll be gone 11 days.

Excited: Like – way excited. Which feels a little weird to say since we’re going to a country devastated by poverty and to learn about the maternal/infant mortality crisis. But I’m excited to be a part of this, to make a difference, to be a part of something greater than myself and my story.

Nervous: It’s not really about the traveling, mostly about making sure I have everything I need but not overpacking. I’m used to having a little voice in the back of my mind saying, “If you forget, grab it at a WalMart!” And this time, if I forget I’m probably going to learn to live without it.

Overwhelmed: This is in a mostly good way. I’m simply overwhelmed that this happened. Probably about a year ago I told Beth Anne that one of my dreams was to travel with World Vision. I never, ever thought it would happen the way it is. Not only do I get to go with them, but I get to be an advocate for the women and babies trapped in this broken system.

I know some of you may have followed other bloggers that have gone with World Vision before, but this is a bit different. This is called a Vision Trip (not a mission) and we are going to listen, see, and learn about how we can best raise awareness for what’s going on over there.

I’ll leave tomorrow early afternoon. I’m hoping to keep in touch via social media as best I can until maybe around Wednesday when we’re in a pretty remote area. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for pics and short updates. I’m really, really going to try to blog while I’m there, but honestly when I get a lot of new things happening at one time, my writing kind of comes to a halt while I process. So pics and short updates for sure.

In between possible posts, I’ll be having a few guest posts on here from women I think you’re going to adore.

Thank you all for being so excited and encouraging in this. Truly – the response about this to me has been incredible. I know this is a once in a lifetime kind of trip, I am blown away I get to do this. I am determined to make each moment count there, and then when I get home. Thanks for being happy for me. I can’t believe I get to do this.



  • Lori Bennett

    November 3, 2014 at 12:38 am

    How exciting! Look forward to hearing all about it.

  • Dana Johnson Wright

    November 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Excited for you! Will keep you and your family in our prayers…

  • Pam Tedder Mobley

    November 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Many prayers and thoughts for you (and your family) as you journey on this Vision trip! What a wonderful opportunity to move into a place that will stretch the geographical boundaries of your heart on a new level! God-speed! 🙂

  • Carrie

    November 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Excited for you and excited to follow along on your journey!

  • ErinB

    November 2, 2014 at 5:13 am

    So thrilled for you to have this opportunity! Wishing you safe travels and look forward to reading your experiences! 🙂

  • Jessica Speas

    November 2, 2014 at 1:06 am

    SO excited for you…but even more excited for them! To have light being shed on this issue.

  • Kristin @ In Between the Piles

    November 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I’m so excited for you and that you will be making a dream of yours come true. I’ll be praying for you, for all of the mamas whom you will meet, and that both you and the mamas will experience healing through community. xoxo

  • Monica

    November 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Enjoy and learn!!

  • erin

    November 1, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    wow! I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe 15 years ago. It is an amazing country. I will be thinking of you!

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