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I’m falling in love.
With my daughter, Nikki, away for 11 months on The World Race, I find myself a bit envious of her adventure at times.  But when I see the photos she posts, I fall in love.  Not only do I love my daughter more, seeing the world through her eyes has given me a new appreciation for the beauty of the people and places she is serving.

She has just finished the first of 11 months, and has spent nearly a month in Antigua Guatemala.  And I tell you – I’m in love.

I’m in love with her ministry team – Team Agape.  These young women are sisters, in every sense of the word.  They love each other and their love will only deepen as they face the world together.  I am blessed because they are blessing each other.

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I’m in love with the scenery.  Can you imagine spending a month living in the shadow of an active volcano?

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I’m in love with the town of Antigua Guatemala.  I imagine walking these colorful streets and taking in the colors and the people-watching at the farmer’s market.

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But mostly, I’m in love with the LOVE my daughter is sharing with these sweet people.

A precious little girl and her puppy…

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This sweet little one in church one Sunday…

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The precious abandoned elderly at the “Grandpa House” where Nikki shared her love and joy with these precious souls…1601345_731774651214_457602171_n       1618426_731775624264_588408918_n

Painting with them… Offering a simple touch, or a hug and a smile… Playing checkers with them…

And even making a new checkerboard for Roberto.  He was so proud, he asked her to sign her name in the corner & carries it with him everywhere!  Nikki and Roberto played checkers every day she was at the Grandpa House, and the best she could do was tie a game with him!  He’s a checkers master.

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Yes, as my daughter’s world expands, so does mine.  I will spend this time quietly taking in the sights through her eyes, the turmoil and heartbreak and victories through her words.  And while I count the days until she returns safely home to us, I know she is exactly where she is called to be.  And I will love every moment.