There are times when life simply becomes too full. The beginning of July tends to be such a time for many in the Foreign Service, as embassies around the world organize massive events to celebrate our nation’s independence. This year, D also found himself assigned control officer duties for a 21-person CODEL (Congressional Delegation) whose arrival on the night of July 4th coincided with that of our friend Marni. As a result, the last two weeks have been packed with so many incidents, both fun and challenging, that it’s been difficult to find the emotional space and distance to process it all, much less the time to blog about it. As we catch up with our thoughts, we look forward to sharing more of our adventures and misadventures soon.