Yes, I am back home. After a draining 24 hours worth of travel last weekend, I finally got be in the arms of my mom, dad, and sister (with my Danish flag in hand). It’s been almost a week since I said goodbye to Denmark. Over the past few days, I have spent quality time with my family, reunited with old high school friends, received phone calls relatives, visited my old workplace, drove my Mini Cooper, and eaten at my favorite ice cream shop…twice.
"How was Denmark?" That’s the question I have been asked probably a million times already. Images of the students and student missionaries run rampant through my mind. All the fun moments with them are replayed in a flash. I can’t help but smile and get a warm feeling. And all I can say is, "It was awesome!" Words can’t convey the memories I’ve had over the last 11 months. I can’t believe it’s over.
I’m having difficulty realizing where my home is. As I go through town, everything looks the same but feels so different. I feel like an outsider and I definitely have culture shock returning to the States.
To me, home is where the people you care about most are. In that case, I guess I have many homes (which I am truly thankful for). One of my good friends said a couple days ago, “Sometimes God gives us certain things for only a season and then they are gone.” So, was Denmark a “seasonal blessing”? Maybe. Maybe not.
One of the student missionaries said it best:
From here on out, everything that we do in life will be forever influenced by what we experienced here in Denmark.
It’s true. The way I think, the way I act, and the way I interact with people is already different from my old self. I thank Denmark and it’s amazing people for that.
Today, one of my mom’s co-workers asked me, “Would you ever go back to Denmark?” Without hesitation, I proudly said, “In a heartbeat.”
My plan is to visit Vejlefjord in 3 years. I don’t know where I will be in that time. But I hope to God that this will come true. I really do.
So this is my last post on this blog. I want to first thank everyone who donated money so I could come to Denmark. Your investment yielded a great reward. Trust me. Secondly, I want to thank everyone in Denmark who befriended and supported me this past year. Your friendships and memories are worth more than money could buy. Lastly, I wanted to thank YOU for reading this blog. Whether you were a faithful follower or a casual visitor, thanks for reading my written thoughts. It means a lot to me.
So what are my parting words? ”For helvede!” Oh oops, that’s not it (Danish saying, only pun intended). Jokes aside, I want to say this: live life and live it to the fullest. Tak alle sammen for en rigtig god år! It was the best year ever!
P.S. To Vejlefjord, thanks to you I can’t stop looking at pictures from this year and saying random Danish phrases. Seriously, I can’t shut up about all the memories we’ve had. You guys have ruined me, in a good way. I miss you all so much. See you in 3 years :)