As the days get closer and closer I'm getting really excited about my time in the States.
Here are some of the things I'm most looking forward to:
Seeing my girls again! I left them in the States exactly a year ago and since then they've grown and changed so much. It will be really fun getting to know them again as young women.
Visting my mom! I haven't seen my mom for over 4 years! Sure we talk on Skype chat regularly but it just isn't the same thing. I'm going to have 5 wonderful days with her in California. I'm hoping to also see my sister and her husband and TWO kids I've never met. In the plans also for the California trip--visiting an uncle I haven't seen since I was seven years old and cousins I've never met.
Going to church! Being able to sit in a church and sing praise and worship songs to the Lord and listen to a message and just set aside the cares of the world. Pure bliss!
Eating out at restaurants! Taco Bell! Starbucks! Antonio's! and so many others!
And on a related note: Tons of fresh vegetables! People think that because this is a tropical/temperate climate there is plenty of fresh produce but Zambians really aren't farmers. We're working on getting our garden going but it doesn't offer anywhere near the variety of markets in the States. I may just become a vegetarian while in the States.
Wait, no! I want to eat steak too. Scratch that idea!
Seeing friends! I miss being able to sit and just chat with friends or pick up the phone and call someone when the mood strikes. For the next two months I'm going to be catching up with as many friends as I can. One exciting thing is that I'm going to meet a distant cousin who I've befriended on the web. Stephanie found me on Facebook and I got to know her through that and her blog. I'm really looking forward to meeting her.
Driving! Oh boy! I love driving so much. I miss it here because, one, until last August we didn't have a car, two, I don't drive stick shift so I haven't been able to drive this one at all, and third, the roads here just don't lend themselves to enjoyable driving. I'm going to be going on at least one road trip with my son to Louisiana and Alabama. On the way we're going to visit the French Quarter in New Orleans. I can't wait!
I'm going to really enjoy clean things. When I shower in the morning in the States I know that it will last the whole day. My clothes can be worn and hung up again for next time. Even housecleaning is more fun in the States.
And last but most definitely not least: Going to the library and bookstores! Usually the first full day I'm in the States I rush to the library, renew my card and load up on things to read during my free time. I have at least four flights while in the States so I'll have plenty of time. I've been keeping a list of authors and books all year! Do you haven any must reads to recommend?