Youngest Daughter has been accepted in the REACH program. It looks very much like she will be going to Thailand. At least that is what she has been accepted for. Those of us who are REACH parents know that this could change. Things might, or it might not, go how she plans.
My heart is more than a little bit on “hold” these days. She will be working with children and women who have been rescued from the human trafficking trade that is so prevalent (but so abominable!). I guess my main concern is that I don’t want her heart to be hardened by the sin that is in this old world, and I wonder how to deal with her being gone, essentially a full year. I am sure that she has been guided by her Heavenly Father in the choices she has made concerning this, and God has gone out of His way to confirm and bring people into her life when she has been at the very lowest emotionally– second guessing her decision, trying to make sense of everything, and trying to determine how she is going to cope with an all girls team in a foreign conuntry. It has just been incredible to this old Mama. God remains the biggest source of reassurance and comfort that holds me (and her) steady. Most of the time, she is working hard, saving her money, trying her best to be as mature about this as possible. Most of the time, I am choosing to not think about it.
One of the ways that she is raising money for this project is that she is having a yard sale here at Shady Acres this Saturday. It is a very unwell kept secret that Certain Man and Certain Man’s Wife are not big fans of Yard/garage Sales. However, this is the week that I am going through many, many things and getting things organized to put out on the garage sale. Profits from our part of the sale will go to Rachel’s REACH fund. (I am considering selling homemade lemonade and MAYBE Cinnamon Rolls. I have to see how things go this week.)
Anyone else that wants to set up a table for their own purposes — Come on down! We’ll be glad to give you yard space. Certain Man only requests that you are responsible to bring your own tables and set up your own section. This morning he said that if it rains, we will set things up in the pavilion — as long as it isn’t windy. And just so we are clear, here. YOUR sale is YOUR SALE. Not for Rachel’s REACH fund.
Hope to see some of you!