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Where I Want to Stay

Fridays are becoming my 5-minute days. I am starting to love my friend Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Fridays and the people who link up there. Maybe you’d like to check it out, too? Here are the rules, in case you haven’t heard:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back to Lisa-Jo’s blog and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

The topic this week? Stay.


I posted an update on my facebook wall last week. I told everyone I’m kind of ready to be done here. No real reason. Just done.

But alas, we will stay. Because we have committed. Because we believe without reservation that God has our family here in this land of the Deutsch for this very moment. Because we live here now, and we’re only five months in.

Sure, we could give it up. Go home. Hop on a plane and tell my Mann’s company we could take the difficult no longer. But that’s not who we are. And, well, we are truly not done.

And so we will stay.

We will stay here where God is making His way of life more clear than it has ever been. To me. To my Mann. To each one of my kids. Stay. Planted here in the middle of the place where 4:30 pm in late Fall means headlights and street lamps and kitchen lights must burn. Where bike-riding is more prominent than car-driving. And cashiers at the grocery store ring it like there’s no tomorrow.

Yes. We will stay. Because this is where we were called to be. And wherever I am called is where I want to stay. Even when I feel like I’m ready to be done.


So — there you have it. Unedited me on staying put.

Have a comment? Or your own thoughts on stay? I would love to hear from you. Why not send me an email? Or click the little speech bubble up there next to the title of this post?

10 Thoughts on “Where I Want to Stay

  1. God’s smilling. I’m sure of it. πŸ™‚

  2. Where you’re called is where you want to stay. Beautiful. I can so relate! It’s taken 32 years to get there, but I’ve finally arrived at that metaphorical place.

  3. Hello! I’m visiting from FMF. I loved what you wrote about wanting to stay wherever you are called to be, even if you are ready to be done. I never really thought about it before, but there is definitely an element of perseverance in the idea of staying. Thank you for sharing your heart today!

  4. I love this story. Reminds me so much of my tweener. I can imagine how fears would be compounded in a foreign land as you have to relent to letting your little bird spread her wings.
    Oh, and your photographs are wonderful too.

    • Thank you, Leah. Isn’t it awesome to know that we don’t have to approach their growing up alone? (Insert chattering teeth here!) Yes, I think foreign-land living maybe magnifies it a bit. But it’s scary anywhere, right? πŸ™‚ So glad you came by today.

  5. Sorry, I meant to post the last comment on your “watch your daughter soar” post as you may have figured out. I am here from 5 minute fri. and enjoyed this post very much. It seems you lead a very full and interesting life with lots of God-shaped lessons.

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