Hi friends and family,
Happy May! It’s finally starting to get warmer here in Bradford. It’s been a long time coming, although there is a saying here in Yorkshire that warns people about putting their winter clothes away until June arrives, so I may yet need my warm winter coat. As spring will eventually lead to summer, it will be just one more reminder that my time in England is coming to an end. The days are certainly passing quickly, and the opportunities to journey with my English family are passing even quicker.
Speaking of family, this past month I was blessed to have my mom and brother visit all the way from Houston, TX and Salt Lake City, UT. The day my mom found out I was spending a year in England she knew she was going to visit, and we were lucky enough to make it happen. The first half of our trip was spent exploring the city of Dublin, Ireland. Along with checking out old churches, parks, museums and castles, we also made sure to catch some traditional Irish music and dancing while eating our lamb pies and veggies. As the rain held off, we spent an afternoon hiking along the scenic coastline catching peeks of dolphins in the Irish Sea. Any trip to Dublin would not be complete without checking out the Guinness Storehouse and enjoying a free pint and taking in the 360 degree view of the city. The trip to Dublin was a complete success, except for this one thing. Unfortunately my brother came down with a violent cold that kept him resting in bed for some of the trip. It was sad for him to come all that way and not be able to enjoy some of the events.
The rest of our time together was spent in West Yorkshire, England. One of the main goals I had for my family during this trip was the chance to meet my English family and to experience the same generosity and hospitality that has made me feel at home here in Bradford. Needless to say, that goal was met and then some. Through Sunday lunch after church to spending a day exploring York and celebrating my 25th birthday with a famous Bradford curry. What an absolute joy to have my two families together sharing memories.
Families come in all shapes and sizes and I have been blessed this year to have been surrounded by such caring and kind people. They have become part of my family. I challenge you to go out of your way to thank the people around you for what they do and for how much they care for you.
Peace and blessings,