May and June 2016 in Pictures

Wow! Life. So full! Two months of pictures. Praising the Lord for all He has done!

Mother's Day
Mother’s Day Celebration in May!
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Students and mothers worked on a craft together
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Caleigh completed month 8!
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Noah graduated from Kindergarten!
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Yeifrey and Caleigh at graduation
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Our last Parent-Teacher conference of the ’15-’16 school year.
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Abby and Yuleisy talking with families about student behavior and achievement
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Two of our students from Batey Campiña
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We moved! The MK’s did a ton of work helping us get out to Freedom’s campus.
Road Progress
The road to campus was upgraded! No more potholes or standing water!
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Furlough has changed to May! Headed back to the States!
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Scott shared at an interest meeting for a future DR trip
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The boys enjoyed the Columbus Zoo with Grammy and Grandpa
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Ripley’s Aquarium with Memaw
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Our amazing interns joined us soon after we returned to the DR!
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A shower house was built to the side of the apartment building
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Leyton and Noah on their first day of the ’16-’17 school year!
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We’ve enjoyed life with several short-term teams so far. Six weeks left in the summer!
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Caleigh passed the 9-month mark in June!

 

April 2016 in Pictures

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Our 1st and 2nd graders enjoyed their first-ever field trip to the National Aquarium
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Alfredo, Woobens, Achuchu
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The kids were in awe of everything – the bus ride, the fold-down seats in the theater, the exhibits, the playground…
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Noah is almost finished with Kindergarten!
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April was Caleigh’s seventh month
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Noah lost his first tooth!
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Leyton is all boy – he ran into our sideboard and got a fun little cut one afternoon.
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Scott and our intern Patrick had one last weekly meeting at our favorite pizza place before Patrick headed back to the States
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Ang worked on sponsorship letters at the end of the month
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1st grade students drawing pictures for their sponsors
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Our $12,500 matching gift was met! A new road and drainage system are being put in!
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The pad in the middle of the school’s octagon was leveled out. A multi-use building will eventually be built here.
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Our family is the last to move out to our campus! We are packing everything up!
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Caleigh helping Daddy fix the laundry room walls before the big move.

March 2016 in pictures

A few pictures from our month of March!

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A Christian school here in San Pedro came out for a community service project – they did a fantastic job working with our students!
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March was Caleigh’s 6th month
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The apartments are tiled!
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Our sweet Yuleisy is moving soon!
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Freshening up her new place with some paint!
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Rachel and Yuleisy
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This little man isn’t so little anymore – Yeifrey is almost finished with 2nd grade!
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Missionary bonfire on Freedom’s campus!
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The girls hanging out in Caleigh’s new room one afternoon while Daddy did some work
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Beautiful sugarcane fields
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Caleigh visited Yuleisy’s family in Lima. Basilio calls Caleigh his “Americanita”
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Caleigh and Wilmin
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Hanging out with Yuleisy’s parents
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It’s ash season! The sugarcane factories are making sugar – and they’re making my floors dirty too!
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Easter Sunday breakfast on the land with the team
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Happy Easter from the Mitchener family!

January 2016 in pictures

Oh, how my heart has been aching to write. But alas, life is running a mile a minute. I’ve been feeding sweet babygirl, playing momma to the boys, driving to school several times a week, emailing, making phone calls, cooking, planning, and washing (our clothes, our dishes, and our children). Life has been so beautifully and wonderfully full, and I’ve been enjoying this fleeting season. It’s been impossible to find time to splurge on writing. So for now, I’ll post some pictures of this first month of 2016 and try to be more intentional about sharing life over the next 11 months.

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Freedom’s first Field Day was a success!
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Photo booth cuteness
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Sibling love
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Caleigh helped us pick out our new bathroom floor at the tile store
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Students wrote letters to their sponsors
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Mommy’s little helper
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January = Caleigh’s 4th month
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Noah loved the Carmel Christian team visit
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Counting practice in kindergarten

Caleigh Elise

Our sweet baby girl finally decided to make her debut – 10 days late! Whew! We are so thankful that Ang had a much healthier pregnancy this time around and that we’re now a family of 5!

Without further ado, meet Caleigh Elise Mitchener!
She was born August 31 at 4:55am. She weighed in at a hefty 9 pounds and 22 inches.
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It’s a Girl!

sanda-0124Big news! Baby #3 is a girl! We are so excited for this new addition to our growing family!

Ang and baby are doing well as of now. At the last sonogram, the ultrasound technician said baby girl’s got a head full of hair! Ang’s blood pressure is continuing to rise slightly. She’s also taking even more iron supplements to try to get her iron level up before giving birth, but we’re keeping an eye on things as we get closer to having the baby. We’re still looking at an August 21st due date.

It won’t be long now! Bring on the diaper changes, sleepless nights, cuddles and coos!

Now to think of a name…

Summer craziness and God’s goodness

This summer has been filled to the brim with new experiences. We’ve enjoyed sharing life with short-term teams, getting to know new kids in the school, and continuing VBS ministry in the bateyes. We’re really just trying to keep up with the Lord as He continues to work here in the Dominican.

Here’s a little video Scott recently put together for his home church. It makes me so happy every time I watch it! God is driving this ministry, and we get to be a part. Continued prayers are appreciated!

Independence Day – Dominican style

Thursday we celebrated Independence Day here in the Dominican Republic. Mery (my Dominican co-teacher) planned the activities for the kindergarten class. She’s getting ever closer to having her own group of kids next year.

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The highlight of the day was the parade through Batey Lima. The kids were adorable in their little campesino and padres de la patria costumes. Several parents came out to watch as we marched through the streets of the village. It was fun learning a little more about this nation’s history and culture.

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Chrislin – PK3

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Vickiana – PK3

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Albel, Alfredo, Javier – K

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Rosa, Bergica, Sonia – K

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Getting ready for the march

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Pre-school cuteness

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Mery and her costumed kindergartners