Nine days ago, we made it back to the DR safe and sound! Our family spent the month of May in the States. Furlough is always a rich time visiting friends, family, and supporters. Each year, we’re forced to stop and consider all the ways the Lord has worked throughout the year. It’s so fun to share the miracle stories with others!
We visited Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Maryland. So many blessings from unexpected sources. Several people walked up to us and just handed us money. Others gave us cards, goodies for the kiddos, or verbal bits of encouragement. We were so spoiled with good food, wonderful company, and heartfelt prayers. Wow – God provides more than we need! This year, I left the States feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work here in the Dominican. Thankful!
Getting on a jet plane!
Checking out that big, wide world while waiting to deplane
Finally made it to our first stop!
Making breakfast with Aunt Suzy!
Scott in his happy place – playing bass!
Fun with Memaw!
Ice cream for dinner? Absolutely!
Good’s Ice Cream visit is a must!
Randomly running into another Freedom missionary’s family!
LCS alum speaking in chapel
Center court with Dad!
Posing under a poster of dad’s high school basketball team as ACSI state champs!
A wonderful breakfast with this sweet lady!
Precious and ornery all mixed up in one
A quick visit with Ang’s grandparents
Making homemade slime with Great Grandma!
Evening bonfire fun
Lunch with this amazing crew!
A chilly softball game
Brand new kittens are the best
Their very own treehouse!
My favorite mother-in-law
A fun but muddy hike!
The boys and their creatures…
A new experience – drinking out of a public water fountain
Missions talk with this awesome group at church
Our sweet friends treated us to a day at the aquarium
We are so excited! The apartments on the Freedom campus are coming along – railings are going on the porches, tile is being put down, closets, kitchen cabinets, and counter tops are going in… (The Hilgemans have actually already moved – they say the quiet atmosphere is so relaxing!) Life will be so different once we move. I’m personally counting down the days til I get to flush toilet paper again! More than anything, I’m praying this move will help us to more effectively minister to our sweet students and their families.
To keep things moving, missionaries are painting their own apartments. We were thinking it was going to take us quite awhile to finish painting, considering our three little munchkins. Guess what? Scott’s brother Ryan and his wife Erin decided to come for a visit. Perfect timing, right? We put them to work! And it was much more fun painting with company. Scott and I may have gone a little color crazy, but it was so fun picking all the paint and thinking about how we’ll decorate! Enjoy some pictures (click to enlarge)!
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.