We are both well and continuing to enjoy our retirement. We enjoy our morning coffee in leisure each day and take our time checking the INTERNET for news and e-mails etc. Life is good and very uncomplicated for us, and we consider it a great blessing.
As we contemplate our last year there is much to be thankful for and much ahead of us this year to ask for prayers for. We will be leaving Dec 21st to drive to Miami to depart for Haiti to do dental work and construction at the Cap Haitien Children’s Home. We will be joining the Christian workers from Flint, Michigan. We are looking forward to our first time in Haiti. Our adopted daughter, Mary Nerlande Joseph, will join us and do some interpreting for us. It is her home town so we will be meeting her family for the first time.
Our time in Mexico this year was good again. We deepened our friendships and made new ones and enjoyed the wonderful weather. We went to ruins, visited cities, spent some time in Mexico City and learned some history. We also joined a Methodist group from Kansas and AZ who did a dental/medical mission in Tochimilzco. It was hard work but really great to be part of a team who have been doing this work for over 20 years.
We successfully avoided the H1N1 flu of Mexico as well. However, Pat came home sick with a bacterial infection, but after meds was fine. We, therefore, have decided this year to book Mexico after we return from Haiti to make sure we are well. In April of 2010, we will repeat at dental mission in MX.
Both of our children’s’ families are doing well and prospering, and the grandchildren continue to be a real delight for us. We enjoy seeing them in some of their school events and sports etc. Of course, they are still a few hours away (both families) so we have to arrange our busy schedule to get there. He he. We do carry day planners and keep electronic Yahoo calendars to keep up with ourselves.
Pat has done quite a bit of fill in work for dental hygiene, and Steve has embarked on a new career as a substitute teacher. He really likes special ed and has already “stepped in the gap” a few times in Middle and High School in Baraboo.
We celebrated our Christmas with our Children’s families at Thanksgiving due to leaving before Christmas for Haiti. We are told the Haiti experience will really change us, so we are trying to anticipate the worst and hopefully not see it. We are also planning on doing a library in the mountain village of San Felipe Lachillo, northwest of Huatulco in southern Oaxaca, MX this year. We have approval and support from expatriates in the capitol of Oaxaca, but now we have to get through some little obstacles with the village and the California book suppliers as well. Please keep this in your hearts and prayers for us as well, especially for our long over the mountains bus trips.
We remember you often and thank God for all of you in our lives. We ask you to keep us in your prayers as we take on these challenges to do this mission work.
We wish you all a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.