‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Sunday, September 05, 2010

What I Will Bring To Keep Me Sane

Ok, so I am fairly anxious about this trip. I know this will disappear once I am there. But in the meantime, I am making a list of all the things I plan to bring that will help on those dark days of homesickness...days when the world might feel a little bit too big. So, here are some things I plan to bring along:

A few favorite DVDs to watch on Nastia's laptop...

My favorite pens for taking notes & writing in my journal...
My favorite 'comfort' tea...

my favorite comfy pillow...

and most importantly, my best friend...


  1. HI Keri, I can't imagine trying to make sure you bring everything you need. When I was finally finishing in college I took a class called Film as Art and Entertainment. We watched Babette's Feast and it got me interested in the joy you can find in foreign films. I've also seen Amelie. It was wonderful.
    I've been keeping up with all your posts and adventures. For what it's worth, I believe in you and that you are going with what God is leading you towards. I know it's hard to have that kind of faith and make the choices that are unpopular with others. From what I can see you have a great deal of support and I want to add mine in. You are Blessed Child of God and it shines through. I have learned so much from you and laughed and cried with you. I admire you so much and I'll keep praying for you and Nastia that God continues to guide every step of this new adventure. Love, Kelley

  2. Thank you, Kelley! Just read your comment before heading up to bed. What kind words to echo in my head as I try to catch some sleep. God bless you!

  3. Amazon has Kindle software for all types of platforms (I've got the one for Mac, for example), and they have quite a few free books. Mostly the free ones are older books and the formatting isn't perfect, but they include Jane Austen, Robert Louis Stevenson, etc. If you get a chance it's worth checking out.

  4. yes.. i don't know you.. but i read your blog, and you seem to be a very good person. it just made me feel good about people and humanity in general, so i am leaving a comment. i wish you a good trip.

  5. I don't know how you would do this, but I think you need to get a stash of onions (maybe dried chopped onions)... at least that is what I've always been told is necessary to survive the Alaskan wild in winter. Also, download podcasts of your favorite radio shows - internet is not always available, and a bit home on a dark night is always welcome.

  6. God bless you both as you prepare for this amazing journey! I am praying for you all daily! Each day I am more and more amazed by your strength and resolve. I have no doubt God has great things in store as you go.

  7. I was reading FRUA and came across your blog. my husband and I are adopting from Russia and waiting on a court date. I just wanted to wish you good luck on your journey. You'll definitely be in my prayers.
    You are very brave to leave everything behind in order to help someone else .

  8. I love all those movies. Hope you are enjoying some "down" time. I love PG Tips, too! You can get giant boxes on Rt. 1 at the Union Jack. I'll pick you up one for your homecoming. Esp love the picture of Nast!


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