Of course I enjoyed catching up with him and hanging out, but what I want to mention now is how helpful his presence was as we begin this transition process. Andrew lived in Syria for 3 years and has done this re-entry thing before us. It was so good to be able to hear about his experience and ask him questions about it, both the transition itself and in general how things are in the US these days (You have to pay for incoming cell phone calls?! What?!).
I know that when we get home there will be plenty of people who really aren't interested in my story. They'll hear me out as I mention that I've been working abroad 2.5 yrs, but that's about it. It was a gift to have a friend here who could both listen to that story and understand it.
It's amazing how God knows my needs and provides for them in the most surprising ways. I look forward to seeing more of that provision as we throw ourselves on His mercy over the next few months.