Thursday, September 27, 2007

Going HOME

We cannot believe that our time here at ILC is almost over. We've had great times and met new people. I hope that we have grown a lot in love with the Lord and the peoples of the world. Our kids have loved school here. They've cheered when we had long days so that they could stay at school longer and whined when there was no school on Saturday!

This week we've learned a lot more about the practical things about hitting our particular mission field. Some things have been great to find out, some not so wonderful (I'd rather not know the exact number and variety of poisonous snakes we have!)

We have a real address in Cote d'Ivoire so I guess we're about to start the adventure that leads us home. We'll be making a big swing through our old homes over the next couple of weeks leading up to a big trip across the pond to our new home. We'll fly out of Birmingham on October 17 and arrive on October 18 in Africa!

It feels like there is so much to do between now and then. Don't know how we'll remember it all, let alone get it all done!

Our church family is coming to our Commissioning since our related family came to appointment. We are looking forward to seeing them (and hoping they'll share some trunk room to take back some of our stuff.)

We don't have many new pictures right now. It seems that we've been doing too much boring stuff recently to have any pictures. The kids are hoping to have some grand adventure this weekend, though.

Love to all,


Friday, September 14, 2007

Washington DC trip

We had a great trip to DC, but we are worn out now. We must have walked about a million miles! We took in a lot of the sights, just didn't spend much time in any one place. Unfortunately we couldn't do any museums because there just wasn't time.

We had lunch at a little African restaurant, thus the million mile hike. I think it might have been easier to just throw ourselves in the ocean and start swimming for the actual continent. We got the chance to give a French tract to a man from Burkina Faso, so anything for our Lord is worth the effort! Hopefully we will remember to pray over the men and lady working there for weeks to come. The food was great too, though.

The big disappointment of the day was missing the Vietnam Memorial. We had just long enough to hike back past the Vietnam Memorial to the metro and we went the wrong way! We'd been dually warned that all buses were leaving at 5 and anyone missing said buses could take the train home. Not wanting to pay for the train and spend the night traveling, we opted to catch the bus and miss the memorial.

We miss you all so very much but our hearts are already getting heavy here about leaving our newly found brothers and sisters in Christ and colaborers of the gospel. We are well aware that our time here is drawing to an end. Our love to all! Heather

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Here's just a little more of us and the things we do at ILC! Bet you don't have to wear sunglasses to your Sunday morning worship!


We are having another great week at ILC. It is so hard to believe that we are almost done with what seemed like an incredibly long stay when we considered it two months ago. We've learned a lot and hope to really be able to retain the knowledge and put it to use. We have less than three weeks left here.

We have shots again next week. They will be our last round of shots before we leave! The nurses here are great, but I'll be glad to say goodbye to their needles!

We will be going to Washington DC tomorrow. It will be more of a ministry trip than sightseeing, but maybe we'll be able to take in some sights while we are there.

Our electricity free weekend will be this weekend so that we can get a taste of what it might be like to have to do without it occasionally. Some of the girls here with us will be doing without it until they come back home to the states. We hope it will be a fun little exercise.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

9-4-07 Happy Birthday Karis!

We celebrated Karis's 6th Birthday on Sunday. We are so thankful that the Lord has given us this precious gift. She loved having all of her new friends at her little party, but expressed that she wished all of her friends could come.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

More Pictures 9-1-07

Caleb and Karis enjoying their own rooms at ILC.

September 1

Hey we put pictures up on our website!!! There isn't a TV here at ILC and so the kids have been playing board games. They love playing UNO. It is a little embarrassing and humbling to be beaten constantly at UNO by a a 6 year old and an 8 year old.