We Are Here

Hi!
After a 44 hour long journey we arrived Sunday night at Detroit Metro Airport. What a wonderfully pleasant surprise it was to have a "Welcome Home" group of friends from our sending church waiting to greet us when we went to collect our luggage!

Monday we enjoyed time with relatives and were cold in the 68 - 74 degree weather!!!!BRRRRRRRRR!!!
My sister-in-law thought it funny when Mikayla and I were 'oohing and aahing' over the automatic doors; wide, big carts; cleanliness of the store; the fact that the check-out conveyor belt actually worked; and the fact that no one was staring at us while we grocery shopped! It was very fun to shop for groceries in a US store again!!!

Today Kirsten awoke with croup and a fever of 101. Pray she heals up from this soon.
Mikayla also is running a low-grade temp and is stuffed up.
Ben is just tired.
So am I. I plan to go to bed in the next hour or so.

Hopefully I can post some pictures soon! I need to have Kurt do it as we are using his laptop while we travel and I'm not sure how to do it on this Mac he has!

Thanks for your prayers! It is so good to be here for a while and reconnect with family and friends!

Leaving!

We are leaving today (Saturday May 23) at 3:15p.m. local time.
I probably won't be posting another blog until Monday or Tuesday.

Thank God for answered prayer!
Our paperwork arrived on Friday around noon!
Kurt woke up this morning fever-free; still a bit sore but yeah for fever free!

Please pray for our kids - Mikayla had to say good-bye to three friends who are moving away and won't be back for 9th grade or probably ever, and is a bit sad today about all that.
Pray for safe travels for us.

We are so looking forward to seeing family and friends again soon!

Arlene, James, and Jerard are all set up to stay here while we are gone. What a blessing our voice pulse phone is as it will be a local call from where we are staying to here to talk with our guys and Arlene.

Prayerfully, in another two years we can come back to the states with James and Jerard, once the adoption is finalized!

See some of you soon!!!
Thanks for your prayers!

1 More Day!!!!!!!!

Yeah! Praise God! Our SRC paperwork we need to leave the country and come back in arrived today around 11 a.m.!
We have our tickets, passports, paperwork needed....we are packed....ready to go!

Our friend and helper Arlene is staying here with James and Jerard while we are gone.

Pray that Kurt will feel better. He still has a fever and feels stuffed up.
I have tylenol and zyrtec for him for our trip.

See many of you soon!

8th Grade Graduation

Mikayla has graduated from 8th grade Friday evening! I'd post pictures but our download 'thingy' is packed....so just know she looked very pretty.

We will be starting our journey to the states on Saturday at 3:15pm local time here (which for Michiganders is 3:15a.m. Saturday morning).
We will be arriving in Detroit at 11:30p.m. Sunday. Kurt's brother and his wife will be picking us up since they live fairly close to the airport.
We are looking forward to seeing our family and friends in the USA.

Please pray for safe travels and for Kurt to feel better.

Pray for our friend Arlene and for James and Jerard to have a safe, healthy 8 weeks while we are gone. We will miss them.

Thanks.

3 days and counting.....

Well, our paperwork is supposed to show up on Friday.

In the meantime Kurt has gotten sick with a fever (100 - 101.5) and doesn't feel well. He's been sleeping most of today.

Please pray our paperwork really does show up on Friday.
Pray Kurt gets well. Pray that Mikayla, Kirsten, Ben, and/or me do not get sick!

The girls are winding up their last week in school with many exams and projects, so they've been busy.

Ben and I have taken a lighter load for schooling this week to devote more time to packing, buying supplies for our helper, James, and Jerard to have while we are gone, etc.

Friday night is an end-of-year ceremony at the school to celebrate the 8th graders graduating Middle School and moving on to High School. They have an 'after-ceremony' party til midnight then.

Knowing that God is the one who ordains all the circumstances of our lives, I am learning to rest in His love and care. What good would fretting do anyway?

Matthew 6:27- 34 excerpts...
"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?.... Therefore do not be anxious,... your heavenly Father knows that you need...but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."