November 2007


last day of school!

There is lots of excitement in the house today.  It is our last day of the school year!  Both students and teachers (a.k.a. mom and dad) are ready for summer vacation.  The days are warm, the sun is bright, and the anticipation of the end of school, by the counting down of days, has been felt for the last few weeks.

These past two years, we have been following the Chilean school calendar, which runs from March until December.  It makes it easier for everyone if we, as home schoolers, have the same vacation times as all the neighborhood kids.  There is nothing worse for a teacher than to try to teach your students while the doorbell rings 15 times and kids ask if your students can come out to play, ask how much longer they have to be in school, etc.  It is much easier for us to follow the same school schedule as those living around us.

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christmas listBe sure to visit our SK Christmas list and add your suggestion(s) and/or stories.  I am going to head there right now and add another idea: listen to your favorite Christmas music while you are working around the house.  (One of my favorites is my Messiah CD.)

 Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.              

 Your turn to share:  I am looking to purchase some new Christmas music – what song(s) and/or CD would you suggest?

Almost two years ago now, we headed to the Buffalo International Airport with our 12 suitcases and 12 carry-on bags, and in ten days we will heading to the Chilean International Airport to do the same.

BUF airport
Buffalo International Airport
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We will be driving down to Chillán (see map  – between Concepción and Temuco) to attend annual conference this weekend.  We will be making our announcement to our Chilean friends during our time down there.  Thank you, in advance, for your prayers.

We enjoyed a good day as we celebrated Thankgiving with our dear friends.  In our grocery stores, turkey is very scarce and, if found, very expensive, so we “gobbled down” some delicious roasted chicken with a great variety of side dishes (including an exquisite strawberry pretzel salad that my friends, Kay and Yvonne, prepared – mmm, mmm, good!)   Thank you, Lord, for good friends and good food!

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As you may know, I have not yet completed my first book, Help, I’m Married to a Pastor!; however, it looks like it is already time to start working on the sequel:

Help, I’m Married to a Pastor…AGAIN!

Did we see this coming four months ago?  No.

Do we sense this is what the Lord is calling us to do?  Yes. (more…)

I was reading an article a couple of weeks ago that talked about being stressed out. Then I was just realizing that this week begins the “holiday season”.

maryThis season, is it possible that we can help each other to not get too stressed out? Let’s try to help each other be like Mary, the mother of Jesus:

Luke 2:19 (NIV) But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

My prayer is that each one of us can enjoy each day during these last weeks of the year, slow down to appreciate the simple things, take in moments for reflection, and remember what God has given and sacrificed for us.

Your turn to share: What are some simple, practical ideas to help us to slow down and enjoy the moment at hand?

earthquake mapAs probably many of you know by now, about 2 hours ago, a strong earthquake hit the northern part of Chile (see CNN article). The location of its epicenter is about 780 miles from Santiago, but some of the reports say that people could feel it here in the capital city as well, although we did not feel anything. So far the damage seems fairly minimal for its 7.7 magnitude and length of time (about 50 seconds).

Thankfully, Chile has spent decades improving its buildings and codes for earthquake resistance. No loss of life has yet been reported.

I just wanted to let you know that we are safe.

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