The map we navigated in our map & compass class.
Having just walked through the doorway of 2015 we are almost finished with our break between semesters. This break has been a much-needed preparation time for our most challenging phase of training yet.
On Dec 19th our class officially graduated from the Missionary Training Center but a handful of us will be staying for an extra semester of specialized linguistics (More posts about this in the future).
During this break we enjoyed the opportunity to see both sets of parents, and they even came to us!
Since we stayed here in Missouri over the break we got to spend our first Christmas together as a family. It was a such a good time of starting our own family traditions and getting some rest.
Craig’s parents came for graduation
This break has also been our opportunity to put away the various household volcano piles, reorganize our routines and preparing for the intense linguistics semester ahead of us. I (Sara) have been working on a daily routine for Ashea and Solomon while Craig gets paperwork, projects and his final paper for his M.Div degree and examination for ordination wrapped up. I am working on meal planning and maintaining the house while training the kiddos.
Potty training is a new thing, along with teaching Ashea to obey limitations without physical boundaries (we call it blanket time, it’s wonderful, feel free to ask us about it!) Praise the Lord, Solomon is sleeping through the night, so grateful for the Babywise book! Craig and I figuring out how to do some kind of once a once-a-week date night. The up-coming Semester will be tough on Craig’s “outdoorsmanship” since the linguistics program will require 8-10 hours of study and analyzing behind a desk per day. Craig has worked on running more during this break and plans to make time for it throughout this semester to keep himself from going crazy in class.
Thank you all for the love and support over these past months! The care package from the Gibsonburg “Gopher Buddies” and one from a family in our home church was the jumpstart to a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas Season! All the gifts that have been sent our way for Baby Solomon have been just what we have needed! Your love is felt and warmly accepted! Your Sacrifices have not gone unnoticed. Thank You!!
Your prayers for us have been heard! Solomon is healthy and gaining weight steadily (He struggled during his first month). He is about 9lbs 16oz and growing! He is also sleeping through the night.
We’ve had a productive and relaxing break.
Our parent’s safe arrival here and back at home.
Craig to be ready for the linguistics course.
Sara leading Ashea and Solomon in the new routines, including potty training, while Daddy is in class and doing homework.
A dear friend in our home church, Lynette Cutting, passed away Sunday. Please pray for her family and the church. She is known by everyone for her great smile and encouraging attitude.
By April 1st the Swensons, our home church and us are going to decide between working in Indonesia or Papua New Guinea. Wisdom! This is big!
Since it’s been a while, here’s a bunch of pics :) (Click HERE in the e-mail to see the full photo gallery or on any picture if in the browser).
The winner of a caption context I did on Facebook :)
Ashea is a giant!
Ashea loves to find blankets and clothes and put them on her head. She’ll wear it like that for an hour!
He’s our official lawn gnome
Grand-parents rights to spoil!
Christmas day hike! The beginning of a new family tradition?
Christmas break hike with the family
Even baby came on this hike
The Patriots are going to the championship game!
Great friends we are going to miss :(
They grow’em big here in Missouri!
“I want the nose!”
“Happy!” Ashea loves to throw her hands up and say “happy!”
Ashea’s friend who will also be staying around for linguistics.
A well earned nap for both of them.
Waiting for the baby to come (little bit of a throw back pic at this point)
“That’s a big dog…” Ashea loves all dogs, barkers, giants, lickers and the rest.
More of Ashea’s friends who will be around for linguistics.
(click HERE to see a summary of who we are and what we are doing)