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Where has the time gone?

Wow!  It is August 8, 2009!  We have been in Costa Rica for one year today!!   That is so hard to believe.  We have one more week of language school before we graduate and we are spending the weekend with Enon Baptist on Irazu!  It seems that we have a mountain of things to do, accomplish, wrap up, find, buy, organize……before we return to the States on August 25th to raise our support for our second year on the mission field!  We have had such an amazing year.

When we arrived, I could not speak a lick of Spanish.  Now, my teacher has tested me and I received an “Advanced Low” in my ability to speak/fluency.  And that was one level higher than I initially thought I would receive, but hoped I would receive.  Jacob and I both can carry on conversations, listen and understand sermons and fully function here with our Spanish.  It was a lot of hard work and it has paid off.  Even today, I was able to translate for Pastor Scott and his wife Robin while the father of the orphanage we were visiting was explaining in Spanish the origins of their ministry.  It was such a big moment for me!!

This past week, Lizzie turned 6!  Benjamin will turn 8 tomorrow, and Sophia will be 4 on the 22nd!  It seems like they have grown tremendously since we have been here and it is so much fun to hear them use their Spanish.  Although I must say, they do not like to use it with Jacob and I (English only with us), but they use it with other children that they know only speak Spanish!!  They played with the children at the orphanage today and had no problem communicating with them!!

We are certainly looking forward to our next steps on the mission field!  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we continue to seek and follow God’s direction in our lives.  Our goal is solely to serve Him and bring Him all the praise, glory and honor.

Here are some pictures that I have been slack about posting.  They are random times and photos….

Some of the girls and I at the goodbye party for Dawn and Tully!

Some of the girls and I at the goodbye party for Dawn and Tully!

Benja and his buddy Gabe!

Benja and his buddy Gabe!

Jacob and his friend Anthony!

Jacob and his friend Anthony!

Kite flying in a local park!

Kite flying in a local park!

A rare treat of going to Burger King with the kids after kite flying!

A rare treat of going to Burger King with the kids after kite flying!

A beautiful sunset off our front porch!

A beautiful sunset off our front porch!

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Kids’ Birthday Party

We had our annual birthday party for all of the children this past Saturday.  For those of you who do not already know, all of our kids were born in August, so we have always had one big party.  The Christophers were kind enough to let us use their pool so that we did not have to stop the tradition of having a pool party even though we did not have a pool anymore.  The Lord was gracious because it rained in the area right before the party started, but not at the Christopher’s house and the temperature dropped about 10 degrees which made it so much cooler.  Benjamin, who is turning 7 on the 9th, picked a Spiderman theme.  Lizzie, turned 5 on the 4th, and Sophia, who turns 3 on the 22nd, picked Tinky Winky, otherwise known as Tinker Bell.  Everyone had a great time.  Thank you to the Christophers for being so generous and allowing all of our family to get together at your house for this annual celebration of our life blessed by God with these 3 wonderful kids.  This was a wonderful family get together before we leave for Costa Rica.

Benjamin swimming

Benjamin swimming

Princess Lizzie swam with her crown on!

Princess Lizzie swam with her crown on!

Benjamin, Mary Claire and Mandie splashing around

Benjamin, Mary Claire and Mandie splashing around

Lizzie

Lizzie

Benjamin with his gifts

Benjamin with his gifts

Superman birthday boy

Spiderman birthday boy

Me and Sophia

Me and Sophia

Sweet Lizzie

Sweet Lizzie

Lizzie and Mandie

Lizzie and Mandie

Mmmmm...yummy cake

Mmmmm...yummy cake

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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