Friday, December 9, 2016


September 2016

I cannot believe Ryan is in his last year of high school!  This year, for the first time, we are able to have a co-op.  This is something we moms have talked about, dreamed about and prayed about for several years - knowing that one day they will be needing helping in navigating advanced science and math classes.  Sarah, a recent college graduate from the US, has committed one year in Paraguay to teach four high school boys AP Chemistry and Physics. Plus, one of the moms has agreed to teach the boys AP Spanish. What an incredible blessing!  

We are just barely into the routine and it seems each week something must be modified.  Three days out of the week the boys will get together for classes, rotating between 3 houses in 3 different towns.  Did you catch that?  We live in three different town.  So our schedule is affected by driving time, muddy roads,  bus schedules, family travel and events, and trying to keep a healthy balance of our kids being away to do studies and being home for family life.   It’s tricky, but it’s working!  And the boys are having a blast.
 AP Chemistry
Chemistry lab
Chemistry lab

 Physics lab
AP Spanish
Play time


The moms and teachers of these sweet high schoolers

 An added blessing for our family is that Sarah (the teacher) is living in Jataity with our neighbor.  Each morning she is able to help Ginny with math and teach Ginny and Joshua Biology.  

This is what study time sometimes looks like at our house.

We've added another scholar this year.  Julia - sweet Julia - is starting school.  She is very excited.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


August 26, 2016
Today we picked Ryan up from the airport!  10 weeks was a long time to be without him.  He had an incredible summer and we are so thankful to the Lord for arranging all the details.

In brief…..
He flew into Canada and spent a few days with one of his best friends.  The Stirling family served with us in Paraguay for many many years.

 They drove Ryan six hours to Montana where he began his discipleship training.  He LOVED his time in Montana getting to meet new people, digging into God’s word, and playing lots of sports.

This is the entire summer programs group – music, dance, and sports.
 This is Ryan’s sports group – three students and two leaders.
After 3 weeks in Montana the group traveled to Taiwan.  Ryan said that growing up on the mission field helped him to be culturally sensitive and flexible with daily plans. He had a great time in Taiwan.  He tried lots of new foods and made some new friends.

 After 3 weeks in Taiwan and 1 week back in Montana for debriefing, Ryan flew to Texas where he stayed a couple nights with friends.  They packed in soccer, Bible study, hanging out at the ice cream shop and church.

The last half of that week was split between both sets of grandparents.  My family drove him to the airport on the 25th.

 Leaving the US.
 His 10 week journey of a lifetime is over.

Reunited with Ryan.  A special lunch at TGIFridays.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Ginny stepped on a bone.  It went in deep and broke off into four pieces.  Ouch!  Chris, our newest team mate and a physician assistant dug around until all those pieces were out.

 It’s warming up, thankfully! It’s nice to be outside again!

Josiah is potty trained!

 Claire’s hair is finally long enough to out in pony tails.  Cute!

Look what our neighbor brought over – a bat that he shot!