I love my "cuz"!

Monday, August 3, 2009

We all have those moments when the thought crosses our mind: "I'd love to trade places with her." The "comparison game" can be a struggle for me. Especially when I'm wallowing in discontent and selfishness. Sooner or later God drags me out of the pity party and I'm thankful for the life He's chosen for me. However, when it comes to the current events in my cousin Andrea's life, I am downright jealous. In a good, holy way of course.

Andrea's dad and my mom are siblings. I was 14 when she arrived so, needless to say, I wasn't around for most of her growing up years. In fact I really didn't know her at all. When she was 14 her parents divorced and through the pain she and her sister found their way to Young Life. It saved them--literally. I would hear through other family members that they were "religious"--which I knew only meant one thing: they loved God.

In spite of the years, distance and lack of contact, there is a bond between us, from not only the blood we share as cousins but our shared beliefs. Since Facebook came on to the scene we've "talked" more than ever before. About 18 months ago, Andrea sent out a letter seeking prayer and financial support for an opportunity like no other. She had applied and been accepted to join The World Race team. A little bit like The Amazing Race reality show but the final prize is not a million dollars. She will travel to 11 countries in 11 months!! Places like Thailand, Ireland and Egypt. I am so green. I'm also so proud of this young lady.

Even though she's spent the last seven years in the Los Angeles area, she did come back to the Northwest for five days of time with family and friends. In the whirlwind she was so sweet to drive two hours up here and spend a night with us so we could all give her a good-bye hug.

I can't wait to hear how her life is changed and she changes the lives others these next 11 months. If you're intrigued too, follow her blog here.


3 Responses to “I love my "cuz"!”

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

How cool!! I'm jealous too.

I hate that ol' jealousy/discontent feeling... It's a lot like velcro. Just tries to stick to ya!

Much love,

lacey said...

I think that is one of the most fascinating opportunities I have heard of to open someone's eyes to such a broad spectrum of diversity all embraced, loved and adored by our Creator. One not being superior to the other.

Andrea said...

Awww thanks cuz! It is a huge blessing to be able to call you guys family. And I'm so glad I got to visit with you a bit.

I love you!