~Saying those HARD goodbyes before we left the USA! Cousin Bryan holding Baby Abigail.~
THANK YOU, Laura!!!
Cousin Brittany with Mary, Elijah, and Noah.~
Here is Noah on the airplane... playing with the toys from Joseph Wegener.
It was SOOO sweet of the Wegeners to think of our family. THANK YOU, Rebekah and Sarah, and Wegener family for your kindness!~
But when we went to collect our baggage...Sarah's suitcase was missing!
It contained her clothing, her violin, and Noah's ripstick (sort of like a skateboard) which he had just received for Christmas! :-(
But, Thank the Lord, yesterday (4 days later) her suitcase was delivered to Pastor Jimmy's house!~
Of course we ALL were exhausted and slept in!!
When we got up...For our first Colombian breakfast they served us yummy tamales and hot chocolate!~
Here is Gaby, Sarah, and Mary.~
So we got a new one for Abigail before we left the states.~
They are such DEAR people and love God with their whole heart! We have such wonderful fond memories of our times being with them...and are happy that God has allowed us to make some more memories being together.
They are part of our Colombian family too!!!!!
We really appreciate them opening up their home to use while we are visiting here. They are treating us better than we deserve.
Please pray that Jesus blesses them really good and gives them grace ...for with their family... there are 12 of us in their home. :-)
We are helping with groceries and trying to keep things neat and helping with meals and dishes, but still it isn't easy having 14 large suitcases, and 5 little suitcases, and 8 extra people in their house. :-)
~Mary and Abigail.~
We were so happy to see each other again!!!
Back in 2008....Jesus sent her to me at a time when I was very LONELY here in Colombia. Later I found out that it was a very lonely time in her life as well, and she had PRAYED for a friend.
We met outside of this mall.
When I was pregnant with Elijah...I was sitting on a bench outside of this mall eating an apple and waiting for Phillip and the kids... when Marisol walked by eating an apple! :-)
I told her that I liked her skirt and she stopped to talk to me. She told me that she had seen me about 6 months before inside that mall and had admired that I would leave my country to come and be a missionary in her country. She told me that when she saw me that first time she told herself...one day I'm going to get to know her! :-)
So, as you can imagine it was a very happy reunion yesterday! :-)
She LOVES my magazines from the USA (Better Homes and Gardens especially) so I was able to bring her a couple.~
THANK YOU for your prayers for us as we packed and as we flew to Colombia.
I WOULD NOT have made it without y'all's prayers!
I cannot tell you what an overwhelming job it is to pack for a family for a YEAR, and make sure you don't forget things, make sure you have clothing for your family for all 4 seasons of Argentina, make sure the suitcases weigh less than 50 lbs., make sure you have all the kids school work and musical instruments, etc.
God really helped us...and I could tell that YOU were praying! THANK YOU!!!