Hey all! We’ve been having such a good time with Andy’s parents. In
the 6 years we’ve been married, we’ve been to Brazil 3 times, and
they’ve been back for births and such, but I’ve never known them for a
whole year! I’m excited for them to be around for a year. Our kids
are so pumped out of their mind as well! As I write this, they’re
rattling off some portuguese in the next room to each other. It’s so
cute to hear. This morning, I
overhear them telling them “I love my grandma becky and grandpa dan and
THAT will never change.”
We have a youth retreat this
weekend, and they’ll watch our boys Friday night and my parents are
coming out to watch them Saturday night. I’m really excited to get to
go, undistracted, to get to know the girls better. I’m still figuring
out (and probably always will be) when’s best to keep our kids, when to
bring them with, and when to leave them. Since they’re with
grandparents, this was a pretty easy decision for me.
thoroughly enjoying the warm weather!!! I’ve killed 3 flies and 1
mosquito today in our house, and I don’t mind too much–as long as that
means we can play outside! I do feel kinda guilty. Yesterday, we went
to the park, played outside for a really long time on our swingset, ate
popsicles, swang in the hammock,…and Andy sat in meetings all day.
But then today there were some rough tantrums when it was time to come
inside for naps, so I guess it all evens out Hope you are enjoying the springtime. Ritter’s is open!!!
Oh, and one more thing…Do you all remember the 3 NTM men who were
kidnapped in Panama and later killed by Colombian guerillas. Mark Rich
was 1 of the men taken hostage, and his wife, Tania is Andy’s cousin.
They had 2 little girls, and for 7 years didn’t know if he was alive or
dead. It was confirmed in Sept. 2001 that they were dead. There’s
more recorded on this story here.
Anyhow, Saturday Tania got married. She was the last of the 3 widows
to get remarried. I love Tania’s words in this article “My faith has
been tested and stretched more than I ever dreamed. This whole ordeal
brought me to the realization that I had to
believe in the truth of the Bible or else deny God. I don’t believe God
wastes pain.” What a testimony to all of us. (Cherith, I met Mark’s
brother, Paul Rich the other day. He lives in Elkhart, but was in FL
for Tania’s wedding.) (Jen, she goes to Northwood too.)
Ok, and this is getting longer than I’d intended, but Tara and Heather, I’ll try to explain Curses. It’s a game with 2 sets of cards-challenge and curse cards. Someone starts with a challenge card, acts it out until people guess it. Then draw a curse card and hand it to someone. That person has to do whatever it says for the remainder of the game. The game doesn’t stop until everyone’s out, so at one point a guy gets a call on his cell, has 1 inch arms that are glued to his chest, can only talk with his teeth clenched in a french accent. A japanese exchange student had to talk with his nose pinched, and could only shout everything he said, and anytime someone stood up, he had to yell a pizza topping. Being from Japan, he had no clue, so was like “CORN!” We were cracking up. I don’t know if that’s too confusing. But here’s the website to get it, if you’re interested. It’s either a love/hate game for people. We’ve played it with some really shy people who I think regretted coming to our house that night, and then some groups we laugh so hard and have some fun memories with.
I love these guys more than I ever knew possible.