Where has the year gone?!?!?
The last time I had a chance to write a blog was while we were in Costa Rica…sadly, I never posted it and it got erased. Costa Rica? Yes, we spent the month of July in Costa Rica at the YWAM base in San Jose helping with Homes of Hope, hosting a team, and training staff from the base in Honduras on how to build. It was a great trip. Oliver did so well on his first International flight! My best friend from Canada met us there, and her parents gave us a place to stay for the last few days of our trip. It was a much-needed time to relax and have fun as a family. Relaxation, something we hadn’t had since Oliver’s arrival.
Before Costa Rica, we were at the base in Tijuana for 3 months while Walter was taking the secondary school on Community Development. Helping with Homes of Hope in Costa Rica and training those from Honduras fit in great with all Walter had learned during the school.
Shortly after returning back to our base in Ensenada, Oliver and I left for our 2nd trip to Alaska to be with my family. We spent just under 4 weeks there. Which made a total of 7 weeks spent with my family in 4 months. They (and the 2 of us) were very thankful for this time together. Oliver has been growing like crazy, and my family enjoyed the time with him and getting to know his personality. They even got to witness his first tooth come in, and the first time he stood all on his own 🙂
Mid September, Oliver and I were back in Ensenada. As soon as I got back, I went right into working with Homes of Hope again. I am back to team contact: contacting the team leaders, organizing all upcoming builds, overseeing the trips, and assigning team captains when we have multiple build weekends.
Walter has continued to work with Homes of Hope as well, as one of the main A builders. When he is not building, he is doing odd jobs around the base to fix the place up, and helping with ministries when it’s needed.
November brings a busy month of house builds and preparing for our big Thanksgiving party! We are still looking at Christmas plans and what we will do to celebrate seeing as though we will probably not have Walter’s visa worked out in time.
With that, please pray for us and the process of getting Walter his visa to go to the USA. We have just started working with a lawyer, and it seems to be a bit more complicated and time-consuming than we had thought.
Here are some pics from Walter’s school in TJ, Costa Rica, Alaska, and recent builds in Ensenada. 🙂