37 hours of travel later, I am here!!!! Nothing is sweeter than hearing my Ugandan friends greet me with "welcome home gabi" as I step out of the Entebbe airport. My heart automatically feels so at peace and I am reminded why I have fallen in love with this country oh so many times. 

As I patiently await the arrival of the Santa Fe team, I fill my journals with pages of thoughts and prayers for these next few weeks. I remember my very first time stepping foot in this beautiful country, blown away by its beauty, and I cannot contain my excitement for this team to experience that. We have so much in store over these next 10 days in Wakiso Village, from painting nursery buildings to teaching in the classrooms, and I cannot wait to see how God uses us!

My parents both wrote me beautiful letters of love and encouragement before I left. Their words spoke to me as I sat in my little airplane seat with tears in my eyes, especially the verse my dad wrote across the top of the last page. "I am not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energy on this one thing, forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead." Philippians 3:13

If you know me, you know I am someone who overthinks. I overthink about overthinking... and then I overthink about that. This past year has been nothing but unexpected turns and shifts and nothing went the way I planned. I felt lost time and time again and found myself constantly overthinking. I was focusing on my past, my past decisions, my past mistakes, and all the "what ifs" I could possibly think of. As I sat in that little airplane seat, reading my dad's letter, this verse just stuck. 

 "I am not all I should be" and boy is that true! But from now on "I am focusing on this one thing, not the million of thoughts that constantly run through my mind. I am focusing on "forgetting the past and focusing on what lies ahead." 

So here's to the next six weeks, to focusing on the present, to accepting the past, and to living knowing God is holding me in his hands every single step of the way.