Saturday, June 22, 2013

First off – I know it’s been awhile.  We’re not sure if this blog will continue or not but either way wanted to have some sort of closure on our official site with regards to our time in Haiti and now new beginning back here in the states.

Today is my 33rd birthday (Chris) and I wanted to thank everyone for your kind messages on facebook and other means.  For anyone living in the twin cities you know the past few days have been interesting in terms of weather including last nights huge storm which came quickly and has left us along with about 300,000 other people without power.  Driving around Minneapolis today has been a series of detours around downed trees:

And avoiding pot holes:

Anyway, I wanted to give a quick update on where we are now after a series of moves and unexpected changes.

After we resigned from ReachGlobal in early February we returned to Haiti to try to see where God would have us next.  We spent some time with a few other organization we thought about joining, but ended up making the difficult choice to come back here to Minnesota.  We then spent the past few months staying with different folks (thanks Millers, Ehlebrachts and my parents!) looking for housing, jobs and some stability.  

By God’s grace and the help and prayers from you all we have landed very close to where we used to live.  We got an apartment in a building two blocks from our old house and I just signed a contract to teach science at Hope Academy next year.  We have had lots of random connections to Hope throughout our life here in Minneapolis beginning with our very first apartment we had after getting married over on 13th and Lake – the old Hope school location.  Needless to say we are excited about not only teaching there but having at least one of our kids go to school there (Luke started in April – the girls aren’t sure if they want to stay in homeschool or not).

Sara has resumed her consultant work and is helping us get settled in our new place, and the girls continue in their constantly moving home school.  Luke is enjoying his new school and making new friends as he reconnects with old ones.  

Finally, we wanted to say again how grateful we are to all of you for your prayers and support for us during not only our initial transition but this very unexpected one in the past months.  We thank God daily for you and all that you have done.  We hope to connect in person with you in the coming months as we continue to settle in and see what God has in store for us in Minneapolis.  

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