We’re back! We got back to Peru 2 hours later than planned thanks to inclement weather here in Peru the day before, backing up flights on this end — Thursday, March 3. We were supposed to land a little before 7am, but since we took off late, we didn’t land til 8:15am… and it was already pushing 90 degrees by the time we got out of the airport! We didn’t have any problems in customs or immigration. We even got stopped at customs (our little light turned red instead of green when I pushed it), but all they did was x-ray our bags again, no big deal. So Praise God! We were back in our home before noon and SO GLAD to be here.
Elena is settling in well, even with the sudden change in climate. She’s loving living in her onesies or just her diaper and going outside with her sun hat and no coat. 🙂 She’s quite the little friendly girl, smiling and laughing at everyone and saving her meltdowns for home, behind closed doors, giving the deceptive appearance of being an angel child. 🙂 In the last week she hit 2 milestones: rolling all the way over and getting her first tooth! Tooth #2 is, we think, coming in now as well. One is definitely poking through, the other is pretty close behind. She’s been a tad miserable with the pain, but still sleeping through the night, so we’re not going to complain.
Brian came back to things in a bit of a disarray. He knew it wouldn’t be the same as when we left, but he didn’t expect it to be quite this disorderly. Pray for him as he starts work up again and begins anew with some stuff. He needs wisdom to get all this figured out, to prioritize, and to kind of regroup. He’s got a lot of work to do before April when the Bible school students show up for the school year.
I just met with the parents of my students today about school. It was a really positive meeting and we’re looking forward to a great school year, beginning on March 28 and ending December 2. This year, I have 3 kids on computers (11th grade, 9th grade, and 4th grade), 2 girls in 1st grade (which I will be teaching), and one girl who turns 5 in May who will begin Kindergarten and English as a second language (ESL), which I will also be teaching. It’s a lot of work, especially with Elena joining me in the mornings, so you can pray for me. I have a lot of prep work to do these next two weeks, as well as cleaning and organizing the school. Thankfully, though, there’s a visitor here from Holland who will be helping me get everything ready these next two weeks! She’s artistic and motivated and hopefully we’ll get a lot done!
All in all, things are going well. Continue to pray for us and remember us! We currently do not have internet. There have been problems with where our antenna is located and so now, BCM Peru is in the process of moving our antenna and installing a new system, but so far, nothing has even been started (we’re relying on outside people we’ve hired to do all this). I’m updating this thanks to being lent a USB internet thingy (yup, I’m the technical one in the family), but we need to give it back soon so this will be my only update for awhile! But please don’t hesitate to write us! We still like opening our email when we get a chance and seeing people remembered us!
Oh – and we didn’t have any issues with a tsunami. We live about 2hrs south of where it was expected to hit. They did evacuate people up there, but according to the internet just an hour ago, it sounds like nothing major happened. We’ll know later when we talk to our friends who evacuated their family from up there earlier today.
We’ll write again soon!!