Day 366: Time Flies…One Year Already!

Unbelievable! Today, June 16th, marks our Round the World one year anniversary! It’s difficult to believe a whole year has passed, and yet here we are in Vienna, Austria, making plans for our return.  Over the last few days, I’ve been putting together a “Year in Review” with photos and commentary, but as I progressed, I realized it would take much longer than I anticipated.  Perhaps I will save that for our return.

Here we are, prior to our departure, enjoying one last day in downtown Chicago.

In the meantime, as I was reflecting on the past year, I was reminded of God’s goodness to us in so many ways.  He’s protected us all throughout our journey.  As of today, we’ve boarded exactly 30 flights, sailed on boats and ferries, driven vans and campervans the “wrong” direction, ridden horses, camels, and elephants, and spent the last month using our Eurail Pass on the trains.  Throughout our journey, we’ve stayed safe and had no major ordeals or even delays or cancelations (with a few small exceptions like the break-in and lost passports).  It’s been quite remarkable, as we certainly expected our fair share of travel challenges.

However, we’ve also heard a lot of tragic stories this year of planes disappearing or crashing into the ocean (Asia) and mountains (France), of ferries burning (Mallorca) or sinking (China), or of horrible train crashes (United States).  There have been riots (USA and Athens), blackouts (Istanbul) and terrorist attacks (Paris), as well as hostage situations (Sydney), kidnappings (Africa), and tourists being killed while on safari.  The list goes on.

Each incident has heightened our sense of awareness to the dangers that do exist around us, especially since many of these incidents happened right before or right after we were in specific destinations.  Rather than frightening us from continuing our travels, though, we have turned to the Lord for our protection and safety, knowing that ultimately, our lives are in His hands.  What a comfort that has been through the trying times and tense moments of travel.

We have exactly one month left, as we fly back to the States on July 16th.  We don’t know what this last month will hold, but we do know that the Lord will continue to go with us, and for this we are very thankful.  There are so many other things that we are also thankful for, but I will save that for another post.  I just wanted to mark this very special day for us with a short post and express my gratitude to the Lord for all He has done this past year!  Thanks also to everyone who has joined us on this journey, whether in person or via emails, messages, or following our blog.  It’s meant so much to us.

4 Comments on “Day 366: Time Flies…One Year Already!

  1. Deena, I cannot believe that you all have been gone for a whole year. That is amazing! It looks like it was a trip of a lifetime and a sweet time with your family. Praying for you as you finish up your trip and transition back to American life. Love to all.
    Patricia van Eyk

    • Patricia! I can’t tell you how many times we’ve considered ending this trip in Florida so we could visit you all! If we didn’t have to go house hunting and get the kids settled back into the US before the school year started, it would have been so nice to see you again. We miss your whole family and would love to get us all together again. Thanks for your prayers!

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