Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Still here...

We're supposed to update this blog thingy aren't we?!?!  Whoops!
Ok, here's a recap of what's been going on lately:
May 1st-4th visa trip to Curacao.  This was a great trip for many reasons, but one of the big ones was that our kids got to play with Eli, the child of one of the couples on the Ecuador team.  We were there with their team and were able to have some meetings together, but our kids were able to play with someone who spoke English!
The kids at the beach with Eli
May 8th-June 9th the summer project is here.  This has meant a lot of additions to our schedule and initially meant we needed to help them with various things, like getting around the city, going to campus, shopping, etc.  It's been great to have other people here to get to interact with!

In May we also had a couple of visitors who were able to bring some much needed supplies (like peanut butter!).  Next time someone visits, we might have them bring toilet paper (this isn't the original article but you get the idea http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/31/unbelievable-venezuela-shortages-move-far-beyond-just-toilet-paper/).  Yup, you read that right.  I digress....but it was fun to have other visitors/friends come and enjoy life with here.

May18th-20th we took a retreat as a team.  One last thing to do together before people started to head back to the States.  We went to the mountains, so it was great to experience the "cold" weather and get to connect with each other.
The kids like to give us cheesy smiles.  This was taken while we were in the mountains.
May 25th-26th we celebrated our anniversary!  One of the girls on the team babysat the kids overnight (she was a trooper) so we could get a hotel and just have a little mini escape to celebrate.  We ate out and enjoyed the time together.  We wish we could do it more often, but we know we can't ask our team members to spend 24 hours with our kids too often!

May 28th was our actual anniversary.  8 years!  We both sort of forgot.  Why?  Well, it was one of the guy's birthdays, so we were thinking more about celebrating that!  Ha!  That's ok.  We had technically celebrated over the weekend.  We still love each other.

May 30th, 3 of our team members left to go back to the U.S.  It was very surreal, but 2 will return in the fall and the other promises to come visit.  We're holding him to that!
Also on that day, Bart left with the Venezuelans on the team to go to a national staff conference, where he was gone for 3 days.

So that's a little bit of a run down of what's been going on with us.  It somewhat captures a bit of what's been going on with us.  Since the project leaves in less than a week, we're hoping to have a little more time.  And maybe we can actually update on here more than once every couple of months!!!

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