Sunday, May 31, 2009

Surprise Party

Hello all! You missed agreat time last night. I threw a suprise party for Christian. His birthday was last Monday but it didn't work out to have the party until this week end . . . boy, was he surprised! The best part was all of the guests. I guess we are getting to know quite a few people here - english and spanish speakers. We had a house full. We had friends from the language schoolas well as new friends from church (we've been attending a small church that meets in a cafe for about 2 months now). Good food and conversation . . . I am so thankful that God has been VERY faithful to us supplying us with friendship and relationships where ever we go.

Life is continuing at breakneck speed here. I can't believe we've been here for 4 plus months already! We are working on a newletter . . . it went through it's 5 rewrite in two months, so continue to be patient with us. If you are not on our mailing list send us your address, postal and electronic, and we will add you to it.

The kids are all doing great in there new school. There spanish gets better everyday. Gabe is on the soccer team and the three boys stay after school once a week for a soccer workshop. The girl took a cooking class after school this past month, too. I can't belive that tomorrow is June 1st! Where does the time go?

Christian and I have both finished our spanish practica books and are finishing up our spanish grammar books in the next few weeks. We have a lot of head knowledge but are still encountering road blocks to getting that knowledge out of our mouths in spanish.

Our dog Libby has grown huge and has an even bigger appetite - balloons and Polly Pocket clothes are her favorite entrays.

As we are half way through our time in Arequipa we are starting to look towards oar move to Pucallpa . . . lots of details to be worked out. Please keep this in prayer. Our plan is to move in August or September but that all depends on our Spanish.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Alive and Well

Hello to all of our friends, family , and supporters. We are here, alive and well, despite our lack of communication. We are hard at work on a news letter that has been through 2 revisions in the last month and is in need of yet another since several weeks have passed.
Christian is getting over another bout of something - gastrointestenal stuff. The kids have had their fair share of sore throats and days off from school for "swine flu education" (mandated by the government of Peru). The change in the kids school has been very good for everyone. The kids are happy, so we are happy, and this new school seems more interested in them as people and character development than in copy work. I am taking a few minutes before I run to class to let you all know that we think of you and pray for you all often.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Samantha Ryan Bagley

We would like to introduce to you our new niece, Samantha Ryan Bagley. Other than having a couple of very sleep deprived parents everyone is doing very well. She was born on Friday the 24th. This is a picture of her and her daddy, Chad, shortly after her arrival.