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Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Common Scene Around Here

As we get closer and closer to leaving, it seems more and more needs to be researched, or emails need to be written to have questions answered.
Here's Daddy, pouring through the MAF staff handbook, with the laptop nearby, and a child asking for something - of course :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Box Day

Fellow "Sonlighters" will be familiar with this term Box Day. It's the day the new homeschool curriculum arrives for the upcoming year! (Or in our case--years!)
We experienced Box Day this week, and it really was like Christmas morning. It was incredible to see Faith and Wesley, and even Joyanne, get excited over all of their new books. I think my mom was equally thrilled to be a part of unpacking this beginning into our homeschool venture. During my parents' visit to meet Calvin, my mom worked hard at separating the curriculum. Some to send on to Madagascar right away, and some to take to Quebec City.

As well as organizing school work for the upcoming 2.5 years, we are also mentally adding up things to get rid of, things to give away, and things we need to buy. At present, it hasn't been very physically demanding, good thing--as I've been recovering from Calvin's birth. However, it has been taking up a lot of mind space lately. One thing is certain, as we've been kind of going through things we are letting go of, and thinking of what we really need to take, to us the value of what we own has been decreasing. We actually don't need that much, and what we have here in Canada is nice and convenient, but not really necessary. I am learning some lessons on where I've been storing my treasure, and I've been sadly surprised at times, and challenged at others.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Welcome Calvin

Our family is very excited to introduce Calvin Richard! He was born on Monday, May 16th at 9:48am weighing 7 pounds 1 ounce and 20.5 inches long!

His siblings are thrilled to have him home now, and we are praising God for his safe arrival.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Sunny Day in May

On Sunday, we had the privilege of having a very warm day, and we took advantage of it by spending a few hours at a local park. Now the gray weather has returned, and we wait for another sunny day...
However, we are excited about the fact that our monthly support goal level has reached 90% ! This is amazing and only possible because God has moved many hearts to support this ministry. In the beginning of the whole process of fund-raising, the thought of reaching 100% was overwhelming to say the least. These last 8 months haven't been without challenges and struggles, but we're learning that God often uses hard things to teach us. It's the hard things that usually get our attention, cause us to think, and hopefully bring about change.

Please continue to lift our family up in prayer, as the next few weeks are going to bring hard things--however exciting! We are anticipating the birth of our 4th baby in two short weeks, as well, Rob continues to plan out what we are going to ship and how and when. Since our house has been listed for sale, we have had only one showing. Please pray that God brings a buyer.

Until next time...