Saturday, September 8, 2012

3 YEARS!

Today is a very special day for us...  it is the 3 year anniversary of our arrival to the Philippines. 
3 years ago @ the KC airport...


and today...well, ok...not today specifically...but a recent family photo.
It's been the best of times, it's been the worst of times...It's really kind of hard to describe the emotions that come with realizing it's been three years since we boarded a jumbo jet and headed west.

First--It's been really good. God has shown himself faithful to us as we have studied two languages, lived on two islands, had our darling Skye added to our family, and started homeschooling.

Then--It's been hard. Being away from family and friends has been tough. Learning language can make you feel like your brain has turned into mushy worthlessness.

Raising kids without grandmas, grandpas and aunts and uncles around to spoil them and babysit them has been tough.

And sometimes, frankly, you just want to go into Wal-Mart and be overwhelmed by choices, since we often feel overwhelmed with the lack of them.

We love what we do, we wouldn't trade it. We know the Lord brought us here---we've seen His hand in it all.

And, although discontent occasionally creeps in, we are CONTENT.

And to us, that's big. God has given us CONTENTMENT in the midst of the craziness of raising four kids while learning two languages while helping prepare a new language and culture program for new missionaries while starting homeschool while hanging on to our sanity.

Sanity(well, mostly), contentment, and 4 healthy kids. We have a lot to be thankful for!

Thank you God for the last three years--and thanks to all of you who have prayed, supported and encouraged us through it all.

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