Friday, May 25, 2007

80 Years in the Making

This week was filled will many family birthdays. Tonight we celebrated my Grandma's 80th birthday. It was great to see some of my cousins again and my nephews John and Iain. John also had a birthday this week and turned seven. Here are a few pictures from our evening.

With my sister Michelle.

Today we also moved from our house. It felt kind of strange to know that we will not be going back there again. We took a few picture of the girls outside before we left. We are staying at Grandma and Grandpa's house for the next few days before we leave.

Today was also Hannah's last day at school, as Monday her class is going on a trip to the Groundwater Festival. She is happy that she is able to attend.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

It's here!!

Tomorrow is the day we officially move out of our house. How quickly the past few weeks have gone by. It is such an exciting time and yet a little scary at the same time. I am thankful for the Lord’s faithfulness which is a great comfort to me as we enter into so many changes.
This past weekend we were in Fenelon Falls speaking at the local Baptist church about our ministry. We were so encouraged by our time there and the people we met. It was great to talk with everyone and share our passion for the children in Peru.
We were invited to stay with a family from our home church at their cottage on Cameron Lake for the weekend. This was a great help to us, and meant that we did not have to make the two hour drive to Fenelon Falls on Sunday morning. We arrived on Saturday to spend the day with the Kinsinger family. Hannah and Sarah enjoyed playing with Trisha and Kim as well as their big bother Kristopher. The water was warm enough that they went for a short swim in the lake. Tyler also braved the water while he helped Scott attach the floating docks and the boat winch. It was so beautiful to be by the water and listen to the waves. On Sunday afternoon we went into town and enjoyed Kawartha Dairy ice cream for a treat. I had my favourite ‘Moose Tracks’. It is vanilla ice cream with fudge swirls and peanut butter cups. We walked around town and watched a few boats go through the locks. It is amazing to see the whirlpools as the water fills the lock.

The last few days have been filled with the many tasks associated with moving. I don't think that I ever realized how much 'stuff' we have accumulated over the past ten years. Tyler has been very busy taking things to friends, family and the local thrift store.

Yesterday, we met with human resource directors for Kids Alive (KA) Kenton and Sheldina. We really enjoyed spending the evening with them and hearing about their recent trip to Peru. They travelled to Iquitos during this visit and had some very cute pictures of a few monkeys. I would say though that I did not find the pictures of the snakes quite as endearing.

I hope to add a few pictures that we have taken over the past few days soon. Make sure that you check out our bolg regularily during our time in Guatemala, we intend to update it weekly.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day

Astrid & Grammy
Brenda, Jenni

Astrid, Grammy, Eva, Grandma, Myah

Sarah, Hannah

Myah and Eva with their Grandma

Friday, May 11, 2007

A Little Fun with our Friends

The last few days have been a blur of activity while Hannah and Sarah spend every moment they can with their closest friends Dana and Andrea. There have been lots of giggles and smiles around here. It is fun to see them together. I hope that they will have these friendships for life.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

May Newsletter 2007

On the Move
We are delighted to share with you that a young Christian couple have purchased our house. We are thankful they will be here to continue as witnesses for Christ in the neighbourhood. It is hard to believe that in less than one month we will be leaving the place that we have called home for nearly ten years. It will certainly be a fun challenge to fit all of the things that we can take with us into ten suitcases. I am sure the last time we close the door will be a moment filled with great emotion, but also great anticipation as we take another step along the path God has called us to walk.

Family Corner

As a family we will face many changes over the next few weeks and months.
Tyler will finish his job at Purolator in mid - May. This will give him time to go on one last fishing trip with his dad, as well as help me with the final packing.
Hannah and Sarah will finish school on May 28th. They have both had wonderful teachers, and I know that Hannah will especially miss Mrs. Whinfield, who has been her teacher for grades one and three.
Myah has recently become more aware that something is about to change as more and more of our furniture and things are heading to Grandma’s house or given away. It is fun to listen to her talk about going on a plane to Guatemala.
For all of us one of the hardest things will be saying good bye to our family and friends. All three of our girls are very close their Grandma and they will miss the time they spend with her.
I will miss my nightly prayer walks with my neighbour and dear friend Leona. Her friendship has been such a blessing and answer to prayer. We are so grateful for your prayers, and would appreciate if you would remember to pray for our family and friends when we leave as this will be a big adjustment for them as well.

Our Support Needs

As we mentioned in our last letter 100% of our outgoing expenses have been met through money already received and some firm commitments. At this time we have commitments to 80% of our monthly support. That is $4,402 of the $5,500 required. We are delighted as we see the Lord building up a team of people who have partnered with us as we serve Him in Peru. We are also grateful for the many notes of encouragement we have received and how we have been blessed to know that there are so many praying for us and the ministry in Peru.
We would like to make sure that we efficiently communicate with you on a regular basis and would appreciate having your email address to make that possible. If you do not have email, please be assured that we are making arrangements to have our updates delivered to you in a timely manner as well.

Items of Praise
For the sale of our house
For our living arrangements in Guatemala
For our family and friends here in Canada who have been such a blessing and encouragement to us

Items of Prayer
For the provision of our remaining monthly support
For safety while we travel and during our time in Guatemala ( May 31st– August 28th)
For Tyler and Brenda as we begin our language study
For Joanna as she cares for our girls each day
For our extended family as we say good-bye
For Hannah, Sarah and Myah as they experience so many changes
That we would trust fully in the Lord each day as we walk with Him