It is hard to believe how fast the time went by while we were in the States. We were there about six and a half months and it felt really short! Our time was full of highs and lows, just like life anywhere on the planet. It was really good to go home and spend time with family and friends. It was also really good to spend time getting our coffee shop maintained and some new employees hired and trained. While we were home we moved twice and travelled A LOT. It feels really good to be getting settled in Bolivia again, but that is yet another blog!
Needless to say it was a busy last three days getting our house packed for storage and 22 suitcases packed for Bolivia. My parents surprised us and came over for one full day and super blessed us by helping us pack, clean, and organize. It was bittersweet to say goodbye at the end of that long, tiring day, not knowing when we would see each other again. We are so thankful to them for making the long drive over to help us (almost 4 hours one way) and for all of their love and support! Daddy and Mama, you guys are the BEST! When can we expect to see you in Bolivia again?
|Grandpa and Grams with some of the kids about to leave for|
home, after working hard all day!
We decided that moving out of our house and driving up to Portland would be too much for one day, so we moved out Wednesday and Uncle Tim and Aunt Diane graciously allowed us to stay at their house for the night. That same day our friends, Greg and Elaine Dealy, had driven down to pick up our younger children to take them to their house to babysit them, so we could finish things up without kiddos underfoot. We swung by their house on the way to U. Tim and A. Diane's, to pick up the children and say goodbye to them also. They super blessed us with so many meals and free babysitting at the drop of a hat! I must say that Elaine's song that she made up in my honor, at least I think it was my life that inspired her, "I Am A Rubber Band For Jesus," still makes me chuckle to think of it! I will have to post the lyrics sometime!
|Peter and Adriana loving it at Aunt Diane's|
|Three generations of Booher men|
L. to R. Dad, Myles, Rudi, and Clancy
|Grandma B. brought her amazing apple pie, as a belated|
dessert for Myles' birthday. Not sure if Peter likes it or not!!
|Sisters enjoying Paula's new umbrella!|
|Paula in some of the dress up|
clothes at the Mauck's house!
Gotta love that wig and the glasses!
|Short, but sweet visit with Chris and Lisa and Family and|
short, but funny photo on the red ant hill!!!
|Miami Airport early Sunday a.m.|
|My beautiful family traveling back to Bolivia|
|Nap time in the Panama Airport|
|The folding wagon came in handy as a crib as well!|
No matter how you do it there is nothing easy about traveling with eleven people internationally. We have gotten pretty good at it. We have learned to carry on as little as possible (less to forget on the airplane!), make sure to take a jacket and some blankets for those cold flights and long layovers, and most of all lots of prayers for sanity and safety!!!