But there were many lessons to learn while we waited -- lessons taught to us gently by our Heavenly Father through the lives of those who shared our lives during this season.
Here's an overview of my lessons learned.
From Mom: The self-sacrifice of caregiving, the evidence of true love.
From Dad: Tenacity and determination (laced with orneriness and humor) to overcome the odds in recovery.
From my brother Jay: An amazing ability to overcome what others would write off as "impossible" or "not worth it" with practical know-how and ingenuity.
From Carole: An insatiable spirit of hospitality and servanthood, even when the guests unexpectedly stay a whole month!
From Dave: a clear reflection of the father heart of God.
From Nancy: delight in sacrificial giving.
From Susil, Lidia, and Kara and all those who helped with the dogs and house: the willingness to endure inconvenience in order to help a friend in need.
There were hundreds of lessons rooted in these headlines, but this is the overview. Now it's back to the grindstone in Hungary. We are blessed to be here.