It has been one of the most challenging years and for that reason I have foolishly not been writing. The other day I was driving in my car and thinking about how I need to be writing more and I thought how the busyness of life should be driving me to keep everyone updated in order for them to be more specific in their prayers.
There is absolutely no way to give a real update on everything in a short time so I will just give a brief summary. The kids are doing awesome. As we enter the 4th quarter of school all three have grown a ton physically, academically, and spiritually. Gaby loves school and as predicted is more social than academic, but that aspect will come around. She dances twice a week Bolivian folklore and now twice a week flamenco where Nona dances.
Andy is learning more how to obey and be a leader at school rather than, well the opposite. He is playing soccer twice a week and dancing Bolivian folklore. He is one of the sweetest kids I know, and the most frustrating. (This morning I found hardened candle wax all in the sink!) Josh continues playing a lot of soccer and dancing Bolivian folklore. He loves both. The other day he we were watching his team warm up, he was one of the few kids actually warming up and then suddenly we broke out in dance. Funnier yet a kid next to him the dance and joined in.
Nona, well I just don’t know ow she does it. Dancing, soccer mom, work, giving voice lessons, leading parent dance for school Bolivia Day program, Parent Service Organization at school, the list continues… She loves doing all of these things and it has been great to see the impact she is having on students, especially in the voice lessons.
As for me, my life basically consists of work, helping out at home, then grad school each night. Some nights I am done in time to spend time with Nona, others no. It has been very tough to balance all and I have struggled a lot with it.
We have had some great highlights this last school year. Several students have decided to follow Christ and we have seen growth in their lives. Our family has been able to see some great friends both in a gifted trip to Tampa, FL and then some visiting La Paz. Josh has won some tournaments and will be heading in July to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the largest soccer tournament in South America.
As we look to the end of this school year, we are really excited that we will be able to travel to the U.S. again and finally to Atlanta and Pennsylvania! We will be in Atlanta for a few days to see friends we have not seen in over 10 years, and then we fly to Union City for about three weeks. We are really excited about this since the last time we were in PA Gaby was an infant.
A few months ago I was sitting with Zach Steever, former Bible teacher at Highlands, and we were talking about tough times in life and how when we are both unfaithful in prayer and exhausted in life it is amazing to see how others are praying. We always say it, but thank you for your prayers. These are the greatest gifts we could ever receive. So you can have some more specific items to pray for:
- Pray for our family to continue to grow stronger spiritually and our impact in our communities.
- Pray for rest and balance in life in the busy times and the upcoming summer vacation.
- Pray for teachers. We still need about 8 more teachers to fill our critical spots.
Thank you again for all the different ways you support it. I will try to be better at this and apologize for my unfaithfulness. Thank you for yours!