And the “What the *$%# did we get ourselves into?!”

Which is a fair question at this point we think. We had so much fun in Guayaquil, and we didn’t expect to because people always say awful things about Guayaquil — wait a minute…

is that the secret? Our expectations sometimes set us up for failure? I don’t know to be honest. But I suspect that’s part of the answer anyway. I read somewhere that the best way to explore a new culture is without any expectations at all because then you can take it all in and enjoy the discovery of something new, as it is.

Hmmm. Maybe something to be working towards for our little clan.

But beyond that, what ARE we doing here? WHY are we doing it? You can’t get into the process of this family sabbatical business and not ask these kinds of questions from time to time. I was, Bo has been too, and we both are knocked breathless with love for the two little souls that willingly (if not always cheerfully) follow where we lead, wherever we lead.

–wait a minute…

That’s it.

The four letter word that describes what we got ourselves into is LOVE.

We are investing in the better “me” and the better “us” we believe is on the other side of this wall. I am doing this because I look around me at the three men in my life and know that I couldn’t love any others more. Know, that if I had the whole world of children and husbands to pick from I’d choose these 3 every time. Know that they are worth this.

Know that they believe I am too.

It is not the heat and the bugs and the financial loss that is defining these first few weeks for us. It is the laughter and the waves and the breeze when it comes that tells us what we are doing is right.

It is not the whining or the crying or the arguing that represents us right now either.

It is the reconciling.

It is the investing.

In love.

Happy Early Valentine’s Day to One and All.

Next stop Quito — where hopefully a new camera can be found.Ā  šŸ˜‰

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9 thoughts on “And the “What the *$%# did we get ourselves into?!”

  1. John

    I think you folks are traveling in South America!! And you’ll have fun in Quito. Be sure and look up Andres! John T.

  2. John

    And be sure and stay away from pastry with chocolate & cream in it at a bus station or anywhere else!!!!!! I missed a paid for 3 day trip to the jungle because of stomach/intestinal trouble following consumption; but it was from the BUS station – stupid!!

  3. Picture me tearing up a little bit, but smiling a lot more, while picturing you going through all of this! How can I donate ten dollars to a camera fund? Much love to all of you, and I hope Luke is already healing up!

  4. Kathryn Ross

    Hang in there, your four! I feel your pain, having lived in Mexico for years. One day we would decide to live there forever – the next one of us would be shaking with fear or frustration. I remember those years with more vividness than most. Good luck – take it moment by moment and day by day!

    Love, Kathryn

  5. Wendy Beukelman

    So glad to have you back on the radar, so delighted by your writing, so moved by your depth perception! Miss you!!

  6. Fae Davidson

    Stambaughs,
    After sharing these 3 blogs with Trapper this morning he said, “Write them back and tell them it sounds like a lot of fun to me.” Well yes, he usually does have a bit of a different outlook on things. But we both know that bonding experience in International travel and we are living proof of the good that will come out of it and encourage you as you hang on and watch for that. Your marriage and your family will never be the same but that’s a good thing and you already knew that. We have the prayer chain going on your behalf. Looking forward to more reports – the good, the bad that will eventually turn to good, and the…whatever. Thanks for your honesty in the whatever. That tells us exactly what to pray for you instead of sugar coating and our getting to do that will help us bind the enemy on your behalf too.
    Fae

  7. Cindy Chamberland

    I think you should call this the “Good, bad and UGLY!” I am sure this is testing your relationship and sanity right now! Lots of lessons learned and hopefully having conversations you never had before šŸ˜‰
    Praying for all of you!!

  8. Jamie,

    In addition to love being a driving force for your journey, you can add happiness to that as well. In the US we so often define happiness by the wrong metrix. God wants us all to be happy and there isn’t anything on earth we need but Him and the ones he’s given us to love for us to be happy.

    I know you and Bo’s journey will be very fulfilling. Say hi to him and the kids and oh yeah….keep blogging šŸ™‚

    Blessings,
    Ike.

  9. Paula

    Jamie, I so enjoy reading your adventures!!!! I wanted to note also that ALL travels are subject to little hiccups now and then. I can recall several from my experiences – from leaving my passport behind in the English countryside – to having food poisoning on a cruise ship – to falling from a donkey in Santorini. So, maybe it was good that these hiccups happened at the BEGINNING of your journey and now you have paid your dues, so to speak!!! The rest is going to be sunshine and lollypops, I just know it!!!!! Can’t wait to read your next posting, but note from your FB entry, you are loving your current location. Best wishes to all. Do not be discouraged – all things pass!!!!! Happy trails…

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