Well, I didn't get to post on Friday like I was hoping to, for Elijah is still having a HARD time adjusting here in Colombia. He weeps quite often, rarely takes naps unless he is in our arms, and is just not content. So, PLEASE help me pray that God will help him adjust as soon as possible for life goes on and so do dishes, laundry, ironing, meals, etc. but it's hard to accomplish much with a baby in my arms. ;) Kimberly wasn't feeling well last night, and tonight Noah lost his lunch all over our couch. (It is a common occurance for missionaries to have stomach problems in their new country. Everything is different and causes us to get sick quite often.) So, needless to say, I'm not going to church tomorrow for I need to stay home with some sick kids and try to help Elijah get better too.
YOUR PRAYERS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED AT THIS TIME! ~THANKS~
Here are the last of the pics from our last days in the USA!
On Monday, August 25th, we worked really hard (with the help of the Hausmans and Eisenharts) and got all packed up and left Cincinnati at 9:30 PM to go over to IN to spend Tues. and Wed. with my Daddy and Moma before we flew out on Thurs. from Indianapolis to go back to Colombia. We had a nice time being with my parents for our last 2 days in the USA.
~Here our kids are helping Gramp (my Daddy) harvest some of his yummy vegetables out of his garden. Then Moma made a DELICIOUS meal of those wonderful fresh veggies. Yum! Yum!~
~Our kids enjoyed helping Gramp with his garden!~
~Gram and Gramp (my parents) loaned us some bikes and we had a nice family bike ride! (while my Moma kept Elijah).~
~The dear folks at the Union Friends Church (Where Daddy pastors) were SOOO KIND to get this play ground set all put together so that our children could play on it before they left for Colombia. THANKS UNION FRIENDS!! Our kids LOVED it!!~
~Our kids love to eat at buffet restaurants for they LOVE getting all the neat treats they have to offer. =D Here Gram and Gramp took us out to Old Country Buffet for our last time in a while. (Phillip told me this week that he was hungry for Old Country Buffet~then said, but I guess it would take us too long to prepare all they prepare! =) Thanks, Gram and Gramp for the yummy meal!~
~IT IS ALWAYS A HUGE overwhelming task to decide what all we can take, and get each suitcase packed just right, and not go over the 50 allotted pounds per suitcase. (Like I said earlier, we had school books, food I cannot get in Colombia, and I purchased this years clothing for each of our children from Thrift stores there in the USA. It beats paying the full price for clothing here!! Plus dear friends gave us some clothes for Noah to grow into, and of course we had all of Elijah's NICE baby gifts to bring back too.)~
~On the way to the airport we stopped by and saw my Grandma Bryan (101) who was staying a few days in a nearby nursing home due to some physical issues. (She's back home with Daddy and Moma now!~
~This time when we flew I braided my hair and had NO PROBLEMS going through the security check points. PRAISE THE LORD! (I usually have hair pins that set off the buzzer and I have to go to a certain area and get wand-ed and patted down while my kids wander around but cannot come close to where Mommy is or they have to be wand-ed too. It is normally quite a process and we are normally PUSHED for time to get to the next airplane in time. But Thank the Lord I didn't set the buzzer off and it was MUCH SMOOTHER this time!!)
Here we are with our 11 bags to check and all of our carry-ons. It is always a HUGE task to get all of the name tags filled out and put on every suitcase, and then watch the scales in hopes that our suitcases aren't over the 50 pounds each, and then it is SUCH A RELIEF once they are all checked in. This time God gave us a nice lady that let a few of our suitcases go over a pound or 2 without penalty. YEA!!~
~My parents took this picture of us in the Indianapolis airport right before we were saying those hard goodbyes and heading to our mission field!!~
~Kimberly, Sarah, and Noah watching our luggage go up into our plane that we were fixin' to board.~
~Here is Kimberly, Noah and Phillip on our first airplane ride headed from IN to TX.~
~Here is Sarah, (and her doll Ethan) Elijah and I in the 1st airplane. ~
~This is what baby Elijah did for most of the airplane rides in between the USA and Colombia.~
We Thank the Lord for a safe and relatively easy day of travels. Thanks again for your prayers!
Have a wonderful Lord's Day! AND THANKS FOR HELPING ME PRAY THAT LITTLE ELIJAH GETS ADJUSTED SOON!