Made me homesick reading this..such a perfect description. I miss it every single day. We're still praying for this baby boy! He's gonna make a tremendous impact on so many lives! Love y'all! ❤️
#1 Sarah Locke on 2014-04-10 02:05
You're such an amazing woman of faith Ali. Thank you for sharing your journey. It is such an inspiration. May God continue to bless you as you seek Him.
#2 Sue Clynes on 2014-04-10 05:24
Ali, I could hear your voice as I read that last blog entry. Your words stirred my heart& I cried. Thinking of you & praying for you guys through this season. All our Love, Mel& Michel Pelzer
#3 Melanie Pelzer on 2014-04-10 09:12
Very well said Ali. You have a gift with words by allowing honesty to infiltrate to the depths of your soul and then having it bubble out and onto the page for the world to read. Your courage is inspiring (even though you probably don't think of yourself as courageous right now, you are) We are praying over here for you and Phil, Zoe and Ethan.
#4 Laura on 2014-04-10 10:02
I'm vicariously sharing your journey, watching a Loving God hold you in His arms and whisper to you, "I know, I care, I know what I'm doing and together we will walk this road". He has something He wants you to do, but not yet - you've already turned towards Him, 1st baby step - when you're ready, you'll take another and He'll still have His arms open wide for you & Phil & Zoe & especially Ethan. Blessings.
#5 Uncle Dan & Aunt Sue on 2014-04-10 10:36
Weeping with you....when we left our island in Korea we got to say goodbye but I left with the feelings that I shoulda done more, vistited more, held more hands, broke bread more often but we've been thrust into giving that experience to college students who will have the world at their fingertips when their done with college but their eyes open to the great need out Iin the world. My point is I was bitter a lot about coming back to the states and though it doesn't even compare to having the heartache of the unknowns with Ethan I will say I felt that anger and bitterness...and it wells up every time my husband gets to make another trip overseas and back and I'm stuck here but I've gotta trust that what God is doing has gotta be better than swimming with a bunch of dying pigs...right!! Continually praying for you!!
#6 Anna (bbcaggi) on 2014-04-10 14:09
I think this is my new favourite phrase. "I've gotta trust that what God is going has gotta be better than swimming with a bunch of dying pigs." I'm most likely going to be quoting you on that one of these days... :-)

And I'll probably be picking your brain about your transition back 'home.' I just feel so woefully unprepared for this aspect of the whole thing!
#6.1 Ali C. on 2014-04-10 22:00
Hhahaha! I didn't have that quote till I cried over your post, I love the illustration of standing on the cliff wondering if its worth jumping after the pigs or trusting God. Pick away but we have learned that this world is not our matter where we are we end up longing for where we were mantra at this stage is embrace the hardship of today because it will be just a bittersweet memory in the future. And apparently I have a slight book addiction from living so long without English books that now I must buy all the be prepared for craziness to happen while you won't realize it at first until your suddenly trying to organize it ;-)
#7 Anna (bbcaggi) on 2014-04-10 23:11
I will pray for you when Phill will be on the ship and you can't join him to say goodbye to everyone and everything.
I'll continue praying that God will carry you and Phil through all the stages of grieving.
Even though they're dead pigs, that was your future, your dreams and your great joy.
But thank God that He is the pillar of your and Ethan's live, like we used to sing on the wards in Sierra Leone!
#8 Christina on 2014-04-11 05:57
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