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Welcome to SwansonPonATime! We are a young missionary couple in Peru, and this is our space to share our journey with you! ...Enjoy! 

One Month Countdown!

One Month Countdown!

So… we are officially one month out from moving to Peru and to be honest these last couple of months have been a whirl wind of emotions and I think I am now ready to talk about it all.

A year ago, when we knew that we were moving to Peru, we were so stoic about it, just so ready to get out there and get started with God’s adventure for us. But as our move date began to creep closer, that stoic attitude changed into something I definitely had not planned for…deep sadness. On my 25th birthday in October everything really hit me, I felt a mix of emotions, from realizing this could possibly be the last birthday I would have living in the states, to thinking about everything that will change drastically once we move.  

I decided to talk to my friend Dana who I really look up to, about my feelings. Honestly it was hard for me to bring up, because I didn’t want anyone to think I was changing my mind about going, or having doubts. But she suggested I read a chapter from the book “The Emotionally Healthy Leader”. This chapter spoke about seasons in life ending and how to deal with it. It truly helped me recognize that in life there are ends of seasons, that they are sad, and that allowing ourselves to mourn over the end of a season is actually very healthy and necessary in order to start your next chapter.

So here I am mourning…I have never lived more than a couple of hours from my parents or gone longer than a month without seeing them. I’ve had a core group of best friends for 12 years that all live in driving distance from me. I know where to grocery shop, how long it will take to receive a package online, and can easily have a conversation with a basically anyone I want to. And in a month from today, all of that will change, and it is scary.

Julian and I were talking the other day about how easy it would be to stay in Houston. He could get a great job here and still volunteer in leadership at the church. I could get a job in ministry, buy a house, and enjoy all Houston has to offer.  We would have a good life, a life most people would say is their #GOAL. But we would miss out on something God has personally set aside for us. We feel so strongly that God has called us to Peru, that He has our best life waiting for us serving Him overseas, that this "good" life just wouldn’t be enough for us.

And so here we are, one month out from moving to Peru. Crying is now a daily part of our lives, our home looks like the back of a package room (we did manage to put up a Christmas tree though), we are extremely intentional about our time and spending it with as many people as we can. We have already seen pictures of the apartment we will be living at in Peru, and are getting excited about making the place our own. We have also decided to fast, just because we want to be as prepared as possible, and fasting allows us to focus more on praying in preparation.

In this season, we would love your prayers and encouragement. We love that you have chosen to invest in our journey and will be connected to us even as we are half way across the globe. Please pray for God to give us peace and for smooth sailing as we sell everything and pack for Peru.

“This is my command, be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or discouraged. For The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1-9

Much Love,

D & J

 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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