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We went back to Winston-Salem this week to photograph a wedding.  Taking pictures at St. John’s, our old church, is a landmark event.   Arianna and I were married there a little over 11 years ago and we have photographed a wedding there every few years since.  The church is a great measuring stick of our progress as photographers, and it is always wonderful to be back to our old home.

It is always amazing to be back with our family in NC. . .they talked me into “running” a 5k, we hit the volleyball around, the girls were able to go swimming, and as always, ate better than we ever should!

One of the most special parts was that everyone had seen the blog and knew exactly what was happening in our life, or at least Kenya-wise.  There were many days where I sat down to write an update, wondering if anyone would actually read. . .then to find out some of our long-time friends were keeping up with our adventures and praying for us. . .absolutely wonderful!!  “Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” (John 6:5-7 ESV).” From the porch in Kijabe, it was easy to say, “lets stay in Africa,” but now that we are home, the idea of going back is much more daunting. But we are beginning to realize, in encouraging conversations with amazing friends, if returning is God’s plan, he knows exactly what he will do to make it possible!