Let the Countdown Begin!

We leave next Wednesday for our 2nd term in Peru. Has three months really gone by that quickly?? Well, considering what we’ve done these months, I’m actually not too surprised…

  • We made two trips to Vermont, one in December and one in February
  • December with Lisa’s family in Scranton, PA – Christmas with the whole family
  • One trip to Lancaster, PA, to headquarters
  • Trip to South Dakota, stopping in Iowa to see friends
  • One month in South Dakota
  • Trip back to PA, stopping in Wisconsin to visit family –just in time for the Superbowl! No better place to watch the Packers WIN than in Wisconsin. 🙂
  • Spoke in 4 churches
  • Visited friends and family and ate way too much wonderful, fatty food.
  • Brian worked on like 4 different cars since we’ve been back – hours and hours outside in the cold (big difference from the last two years – working in the warm!).
  • Lisa got the school materials for 1st grade and has been getting that organized, ready to go.
  • Now, we’re packing! That should take up the last week and a half pretty easily.

We didn’t make it to the Missions Fest in Lancaster like we’d so been looking forward to. While we were in Vermont, the mother of one of Lisa’s closest friends from high school passed away unexpectedly. She passed away on Tuesday and there was just no way that Lisa could not be there for the memorial service on Saturday. It was a very hard, very sad week. However, we can see how God had His hand in allowing us to be in Vermont for it. We were originally scheduled to be in Vermont the previous week, but had to change it. Then, we were going to be already back in PA by Tuesday, but we got snowed in in South Dakota, so we arrived in VT later and so were going to leave later, which meant we were in VT when she passed away. We had wondered why God was not permitting us to leave SD when we’d planned. We were there four days longer than we’d planned to be. Now we know why. Without that storm, we probably wouldn’t have been in VT when all this took place. We are so thankful that we were able to be there. Lisa helped out her friend and her family and we both babysat for them. Lisa’s entire family (minus sister-in-law and niece) were in VT for the funeral. If you think of it, you can pray for the family, last name Achilles; there’s still a 10 year old at home, along with the other 3 (grown) kids and 6 grandchildren and her husband. It was an unexpected loss…to us. Glad to know it didn’t take God by surprise.

On a happier note – Elena is still traveling well. However, we feel so bad putting her in the car for any length of time now – seems like she’s lived in her carseat for awhile! Her milestones this month include finding her toes (endless entertainment – cheap, too!), laughing on a regular basis, rolling from front to back and just about from back to front, and just about sitting up on her own. She’s quite the friendly little girl and loves being the center of attention. If she doesn’t think you’re paying enough attention to her, she hits very high-pitched notes letting you know she’s still there.

This coming Sunday is our last Sunday in the States. Lisa’s dad will be dedicating Elena and we will be showing our 5 minute presentation and talking a little bit in the service.

As much as we’re looking forward to being back in Peru and we love our jobs and miss our home and our friends — it’s still going to be tough to say goodbye for another 2 years. You can be praying for us as we pack (again!) — seems like we have so much more to take back than we’d planned on (of course). Also pray for us as we say goodbye, fly overnight, and get settled back in Peru, this time with our baby girl.

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