|Hello again Oregon!|
|Our version of the traditional meal...pretty authentic too!|
Along with Thanksgiving festivities my family swam in the Caribbean for the first time, heard the howl of the monkeys, played with our 2nd graders, and tried much of the local fare. It was a great final hurrah as we treasured our “lasts” with them. The hardest was, of course, saying good bye to our students. I can’t count the number of times we were told to not go, how much they loved us, and how much they would miss us. The pure love of children is such a gift to the soul and we already miss them. We still quote them or imitate them without even thinking about how it might sound random and strange to anyone listening. : ) Thank goodness for modern technology though; I’ve already received a couple of emails from Shiwai updating us and wishing us back. Hopefully we can skype with them in March when their school year starts back up and they’re smart 3rd graders.
|Teaching Guiselle how to make cinnamon rolls!|
It was also strange to leave our home for the last 8 months, and we were again thankful for my family’s rented van so we could load it all up for the trek to San Jose. Once we were there, the last week was a relaxed sort of blur. It was filled with many good byes and final preparations for leaving and for returning. Things like insurances, cell phones, living arrangements, and work. And, of course, reunions. The Baits invited many friends over who prayed for us as we ended and began a new adventure. It was strange to say good bye to the family that had become like our own, but the fact that they’ll be on home assignment in July is reassuring. Washington is very close!
|All of our wonderful friends praying for our next steps.|
The flying from CR to the USA is always an ordeal it seems, and after chucking some more items (after we’d already slimmed down our luggage once or twice), giving things away to the airport workers, running to barely catch a connecting flight (exactly like Kevin does it in Home Alone 2 ;)), and freezing our bones just switching terminals in Denver, we arrived safely in Idaho, where we reunited with many wonderful friends and family. My mom probably spent more money in heating for that week than she had the whole month…thanks Mom, we’re slowly acclimating!
|Idaho reunion (one of several) with Jenks and Molly.|
|Putting in the kitchen sink!|
|Bash Bro's and Wives Reunion in Oregon|
|First & last snow ball fight of 2011|
Jennifer and Christopher Savage