Friday, December 14, 2012


How is it going?  Yup, get asked that a lot!  Problem is, it's such a hard question to answer.  Our schedule is crazy and we never feel settled as a family, always on the go, always with new people, always feeling tired.
there are so many incredible positives crammed in between the chaos.  Like- surprise visits from family,   new experiences for the girls (Clair's store, trick-or-treating), connecting with people that have been praying for us the last two years, challenging people about missions, and apple fritters!

For me personally, furlough is a challenge;  I struggle feeling comfortable at church meetings and talking all day long wears out my jaw (from the surgery).  My heart continually breaks as I watch the girls thoroughly enjoy family and know that they will miss them SO much when we head back.  I worry about our previous patients and staff and wonder how difficult it will be to get back up running.
what an opportunity to rest in our Lord, enjoy every moment and let Him fill me with His peace.  His joy is so complete and it is only when my heart is divided and struggling can I really understand that.
I praise God that furlough isn't perfect and take joy in the moments He gives :)

Putting up the Christmas tree with Papa

The first snow flakes- yes, she was out in her pjs and socks :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


We decided to try something new.  Because we couldn't get to every church this furlough, we organized an open house at my old high school.  Twice throughout the time, Kyle showed our power point presentation and the rest of the time we were able to visit with whoever stopped by.  It was great fun catching up and chatting with so many different people.  Granted- very exhausting and my jaw/neck was sore afterwards, but definitely worth it! 


Do we have enough luggage?

She slept . . . kind of

Emily slept well!

Because of the hurricane, it was a little challenging getting out of South Africa.  Every step of the way we were delayed which pushed our long flight to 20+ hours.  Yuck!  But, thankfully, we made it in and the girls got to go trick-or-treating that night :)


So, excited . . . just days before we left for furlough Thulile delivered a healthy baby boy.  Thulile is a dear friend who we've know since our first year in South Africa.  Her and her husband were our biggest language helpers and now Thulile is a worker at Calvary Care Home.  Can't wait to see the little guy when we get back