I don't usually post blogs without pictures and all writing, but I'm busting out of my mold for this one! I wanted to let our blogger friends in on some of our future plans, so that they don't have to read between the lines!
About two months ago it came to our attention that there was going to be some changes ahead with our employees back at home. We had some that were either quitting and moving onto other things, getting married or traveling for an extended period of time this summer. It didn't make sense to hire new employees when Rudi and Emily would be coming home just a couple months later and we would have to let the new employees go to make room for the big boss! We were able to have a good talk with Jennifer about our situation and she gave us her blessing to return home in August. Technically, we are supposed to be here two full years, so October should have been when we would be coming home. A lot of days we are sad to be going home two months early and then there are days when it doesn't seem soon enough!!! Already we are down scaling and selling some of our things and it really does feel like August is right around the corner.
I know that saying goodbye to our CDA babies is going to be the hardest thing we do BY FAR. I truthfully do not even want to think about it, so I don't... or rather I try not to! We all have changed and grown so much being here in Bolivia. At this point we do not have plans to return to Bolivia. I will say though, that we are open to returning if God shows us that He would like us to. In some ways it feels like we are just getting started here. We are finally able to communicate enough that we can have more ministry with adults. We also feel like we can be more useful to the older children in the orphanage. We also are much more culturally adapted. What was so odd before now seems normal! Eeeks!
We would really love it if you all would pray for us that we would know with clarity what God's will is for our family is in regards to future ministry in Bolivia. We know that in the U.S. we have a home and a business, two large extended families that are important to us, our church family and much more at home that we are responsible for. We know that one step at a time God will show us what He has for our future. Our time here has not always been super easy, but it has always been blessed. Thank you to Casa de Amor for allowing our family to learn how to serve together and thank you to all of you who have followed our blog and prayed for us. We know that because we are
following the Lord the best is yet to come!
" Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13&14
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
We have been spoiled having all of our children with CDA leave us in adoptions. It is a thrill to see your work handed over to a forever family. It was a hard decision for me to have Fabbi go back to the baby house, but I believe that it is the right one!
|Tia with Fabbi!|
|Fabbi with her "Fungus"|
Before she went back to House 1 she was scooting herself ALL OVER the place. I would put her in the middle of the living room and then come back a few minutes later and she would way across the room under a table. She also could roll from front to back and back to front and almost sit up by herself! She had really come a long way baby!!
|Myles on bottle duty with Fabbi|
|Getting "wrapped up" in Uncle Ben's birthday paper!|
|Ruth and Paula with their real live baby doll!|
Please pray for Fabbi that she will have her paperwork completed quickly and be able to have a forever family. Fabbi will forever have her place in our hearts and our prayers! We are honored to have been a small part of her life. Que Dios te bendiga, nuestra Fabbi!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The end of March brought us A.'s FIRST birthday! We all enjoyed celebrating with her!
|A. ready to dive into opening her gifts!|
The girls had a good time helping her open them.
|This looks serious!|
|A. enjoying her new number train...|
|Snuggling with her peluche|
|Happy Birthday, A.|
|Spunky and Beautiful A.|
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
|Uncle Leroy with Paula|
Carol brought us all kinds of treats and gifts. In fact most of the weight in her baggage was for us. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips anyone?!! We have been slowly savoring the "tastes of home" she brought for us, as well as the many other things...thank you again, Carol! She also brought easy crossword puzzles and spent time with the kids on teaching them how to do them.
|Crossword Puzzle time with Aunt Carol|
|The Little Boys enjoying time with Uncle Leroy|
|A. getting in some reading time too!|
|Aunt Carol enjoying A.|
|F. and Eddy hanging out with Uncle Leroy|
|Snack time with Aunt Carol! Gettin' spoiled by all those treats!|
Friday, April 4, 2014
|Myles cutting the last part with a machete!|
|Almost totally done...|
|Clancy on grass pick up duty!|
|Gettin' her done!|
|A load of Cabbages...|
|Myles holding one of our prize cabbages...|
|Our Beautiful Pumpkins|
|Clancy and Myles "Holding the Loot"!|
|Myles cutting the grass at CDA Baby House!|
|Clancy sitting down after all his hard work on the windows!|
|Ruth watering our small garden in the backyard!|