Token of the planet’s remedy—

that will line appears in a poem by Thomas Wolfe, found in a book of his poetry Julia picked up in a delightfully dusty as well as disorganized used book store here in Salt Lake City.  He’s writing about his lover dancing inside crook of his arm.  yet human love, romantic as well as familial, truly does function that will way.  A token, a downpayment, of the redemption that will will be remedying all that will will be broken.

surveying my kind of feast, courtesy of Luke’s photo

The last month has been beautifully full of such remedy.

So full, in fact, so fully in our view as well as in our arms, that will we’ve been out of the communication loop almost entirely.  as well as so much has happened, that will will only be a token sample of gratefulness.

Hosting celebrations

After Julia’s grad, we spent the days between Duke as well as UVA ceremonies at our family farm in West Virginia hosting friends of the kids.  Bike rides, river dips, tubing, gardening, cooking as well as more cooking, hikes as well as pizza, long discussions as well as games around the table.  Throughout May we had numerous kids for a few days at a time, sharing the wonder of WV as well as adding to the family.

Luke’s housemates, a real community through med school

Luke’s graduation

Both grandmothers, my sister Janie as well as nephew Joshua, as well as 3 of the 4 siblings plus Abby plus a Congolese refugee who works as a janitor at UVA hospital whom Luke befriended, joined us for another weekend of marking that will milestone.  33&34 years after our UVA college graduations, we sweltered through a festive weekend of our son’s medical school graduation.  Who would certainly have dreamed?  at that will point we are a three-doc family.  Very grateful to God, as well as very thankful to Dr. Luke for his perseverance, integrity, passion, values, community, scholarship.  He presented his first research poster as well as power-point at a Global Surgery conference in Toronto the week after.

Family celebrating Dr. Luke!
Baluku Morris, one of the Kule Leadership Ugandan Med students we sponsored, as well as Luke at the same Global Surgery meeting in Toronto!

Cross-country Marathon

As May turned the corner to June, we departed the farm as well as began a cross-country trek.  We’re over 2000 miles into the 3000 mile journey to Seattle (by whence we will fly to Anchorage to see Caleb), then we have to come all the way back.  Luke’s Honda CRV easily held his limited earthly possessions for his move to Salt Lake City, plus Julia’s Prius rocking the gas milage as well as bringing the rest of the family as well as camping gear. Along the way we stopped in on Abby plus a few relatives as well as friends, certainly not everyone we could have as that will trip included at least one 17-hour driving day, aiming for distance over depth.  Still the item was a plus to see my aunt as well as uncle, as well as Scott’s aunt, who are all in their mid-to-late 80’s, doing well, to hug cousins, as well as to reconnect with some of the kids’ friends.

Luke’s car with all he owned, plus one borrowed bike, the morning we left
Julia as well as the Prius, before the windshield crack that will spread slowly across mirroring our progress across the USA

Dropped in on Jack’s room mate by Duke’s family . . 

as well as my Uncle Joe, Aunt Patsy, as well as cousin Janet . . 

Plus Scott’s Aunt Lyn as well as family . . 

as well as our dear friends the Bolthouses.

America the Beautiful

To keep sane in our dozens of car hours, we have camped or hiked in a few lovely places.  The Rockies (CO), Arches NP (UT), as well as Canyonlands NP (UT) so far.  Our experience of the American West will be fairly limited, so we have reveled inside scale of the vista, the colour palette of rocks, the clarity of the sky, the bright specks of wild flowers.  So far our sightings include two moose, numerous elk, marmots, chipmunks, squirrels, hawks, thrushes, various lizzards, as well as a bull snake that will Scott nearly stepped on.  My maternal agoraphobia has been pretty intense.  (stay tuned for Scott to add better photos here . . )

Utah’s symbol, the iconic Delicate Arch in Arches NP

Ten thousand feet up inside Rockies

I used to be tall. Sweet times with Julia.

A completely new Home for Luke

Tuesday afternoon we reached Salt Lake City, home to University of Utah’s Orthopedic Surgery training program where Luke will begin his residency on June 22.  He signed a lease for a smaller yet bright studio apartment, as well as we’ve spent the last three days learning the ins as well as outs of procuring reasonably priced home essentials in that will city. Ikea nearly sent some of us into full blown catatonic mental overload, as well as the item took us a while to figure out that will all the grocery stores here are called “Smith’s” (as in Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism).   yet we made the item to the weekend which has a bed, table, couch, as well as two chairs in place, plus a broom, some pans, sheets as well as pillows, as well as most importantly, a way to make coffee.  He has electricity, gas, as well as internet set up.  as well as on breaks by scouring the city (checking used furniture stores off our list when the chairs were priced like pieces of art . . . or realizing his smaller studio’s inches of counter-space won’t accommodate a dish-drying rack . . . ) we were treated to tickets to see the US National Women’s Soccer team play an international friendly against China, as well as the local MLS team Real Salt Lake (a friend Luke played soccer with at UVA will be at that will point working for the Royals here in SLC), as well as we drove half an hour into the mountains east of the city for a spectacular (steep as well as exhausting though!) hike to an alpine lake fed by glacier-covered peaks.  Salt Lake City has been surprisingly fun city so far, as well as we are thankful for Luke’s opportunity here.

Meanwhile, Myhre’s crossing oceans

C. finished his 9-month combat deployment to Afghanistan as well as long-delayed trek back to the USA, landing in Anchorage a week ago.  We are so thankful for his safe return, as well as can’t wait to see him IN THREE DAYS.  the item’s been over a year.  Jack began the cross-country drive with us, yet flew to Burundi a week ago.  Literally he lifted off US soil one hour after C. landed on US soil.  He’ll be working with the Kibuye team engineer Caleb Fader as they prepare for a team coming to install a massive solar array to power the hospital there.

The 1rst Lt. last night at his battalion’s welcome home ball

Missing Jack already.  Thankful he could celebrate with Luke, as well as travel the first legs of that will journey with us.  yet a little sad that will the six of us won’t be together at one time that will year (last time was Christmas 2016).

as well as life goes on

As we drive as well as engage, shop as well as cook, focus as well as listen here inside USA these two months . . . we also continue with phone calls, emails, zoom meetings, reports, plans for our teams in East as well as Central Africa.  Two hopeful as well as productive recruiting calls, many hour-long mentoring calls with leaders of 8 of our 11 teams plus a few others, personal meetings with supporters, speaking at our key supporting church, face-to-face retreat planning with our invited speaker, as well as more.  Sliding across American time zones while trying to connect with African ones can be challenging; the completely new reality that will our family life as well as work life at that will point have almost no overlap brings its own aches.  Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Congo, South Sudan, as well as Malawi are never far by our awareness.

So, the planet still needs remedy.  We need the item as our rough edges of sin as well as self grate on each additional in dozens of hours cooped up in cars, inside grinding gears of being a family after years of kids being independent adults.  Our world needs the item that will week as would certainly-be immigrants have their toddlers taken away by them wailing, as lava flowed across Hawaii, as our Serge team in Nicaragua faced roadblocks as well as forced evacuation, as Ebola continued to spread inside DRC, as our completely new team leaders for Litein landed into immediate sickness as well as infestation as well as exhaustion trials.  yet we look for tokens that will the remedy comes.  that will Jesus heals, reunites, celebrates.  as well as we see those tokens inside profusion of wildflowers as well as the graciousness of ordinary people who love us so well.

Aspens in Utah

Salt Lake City Saturday Farmer’s Market that will morning

Token of the planet’s remedy—

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