We are safely here in California after a long day of traveling - delayed flights and missed connections - but it's all good. I really don't get upset about those kinds of things - I know they are a part of travel, all part of the adventure, and I trust that God will get me where I need to be, when I need to be there.
When we arrived here, I saw on Facebook that Nelson Mandela had died. I almost feel unworthy to write about it - he belongs to South Africa but his life and legacy touched the world.
I got this picture from Kichaka Lodge's Facebook post (where we stayed while on safari in South Africa.) I fell in love with South Africa during my two teaching trips there - with the people, the beauty, the history - really just everything about it grabbed my heart in a way that I never expected. I have many friends there now, and my heart and thoughts go out to them today. I pray for peace in a country that loved and held Mr. Mandela up as a father and moral compass. He certainly was a man to be admired in a world that seems to be running short on those kind of leaders. I can't wait to see the new movie coming out about his life. It seems strange that last night Prince William and Katherine were at the premiere of the movie in London and found out after the movie that Mandela had died. My kids here in California don't have a TV so I'm not seeing any of the coverage of it all - just paying respect in my heart.
Also, just a little connection that I feel with Nelson Mandela... several years ago, when I worked for Anna Griffin, one of my assignments was to do a scrapbook layout about him that would be presented to him. Someone in South Africa sent me pictures of him to use in my layout. I'm honored to have done that. I have a picture of the layout somewhere that I'll have to dig out when I get home.
Back to California... it's wonderful to see and hug and reconnect with Jeremy and Becca! Just talking on the phone and messaging is NOT the same as spending time together.
Of course they had to take us for food that is new to us - Afgani food this time! It was really good - just not what I would eat everyday! :) When we got home we played a new game that I brought that was highly recommended at Thanksgiving at the Russell's. Jeremy is so ridiculously good at it that we are determined to beat him - he must have a little "Rainman" in him!
Today they are off to work while we do a little shopping and then I'm off to "work" tonight. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Memories Live On in Cupertino!
Thanks for reading my blog once again! Have a super day!! :)