We have now been in the US for about 6 months and we have enjoyed the warm weather in July that we have had in Michigan. We were blessed to be able to spend some time with Laura’s parents. They came up to the US for the first time together in 13 years, basically since our wedding and we had a splendid time together for about 2 weeks. It was a good change of pace for Pastor Saul and Eunice who are in the middle of the school year at Vida y Luz Christian School. Right now in Sucre, it’s the middle of the dry season or the winter season. So coming to Grand Rapids and enjoying the green trees and grass was a refreshing time for them. And of course, its always great for them to spend time with their grandchildren.
Glenn’s parents also came up to Grand Rapids to celebrate with Laura’s parents. July 4th is Gabriel’s birthday so we celebrated together and we went to the beach and enjoyed parades together. It was the first time both sets of grandparents were together in 13 years (again since our wedding). We praise God it was such a good and refreshing time for everyone and we made some really wonderful memories.
This July we have also spent some good time at the pool our our good friends. We don’t have much water in Sucre so we have tried to enjoy the water here in Grand Rapids. We have been teaching Gabriel and Nico how to swim which is more challenging than we originally thought it would be. But the memories and the good times we have spend at the pool have been amazing.
Both Nico (4), Gabriel (10) and Glenn (35) had birthdays recently and we enjoyed spending the end of June and July celebrating the life God has given to each of them.
One of the important parts of being on furlough as a missionary is to enjoy some time together with family. We don’t get to see our family here in the US often for the obvious reasons of living and ministering in Bolivia. So the time we spent together has been so precious to us. The memories that our children have made will stay with them the rest of their lives.