Thursday, August 16, 2012

our trip to the States

After a whirlwind trip to the US we have finally arrived back to Santiago, Chile, our new home! 

In these last four weeks, we had many meetings and lunches with great people who have loved and cared for us during our journey to and from Peru. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, from random surprises like running into a friend from a recent mission trip at the beach to driving hours in the blazing desert to see loved ones, to watching my dear brother as he received his bride.

Isabella and Milan are the best kids ever and even through the stresses of travel and disruptions, and having to share Ricky and I with other people, they took everything with a great deal of patience and childlike amusement. They had a blast seeing friends and team members who have visited us in Peru. They didn't object entirely to the changes in diet and they didn't have any major stomach issues this visit. And it was fun for us to see them enjoy the little things. When I asked Isa the usual, "what was your favorite part of the day", after coming home from a bonfire at the beach, she said "i liked watching the sun change colors [at sunset]”.

It was also exciting to share what God has done and continues to do in Cusco and to share our vision for the future in Chile. When others capture our vision and get excited about what we are going to do, it confirms how much God is with us every step of the way. We have so much to do before this year ends, just to get established in Chile. Ricky also will be traveling back to Cusco to oversee the purchase of the land as things are progressing in our absence.

Pray for us, as we need to find a house and basically are starting over from zero, since we couldn't bring anything with us from Cusco. Also, besides needing a vehicle, I have 90 days to apply for residency and we are looking for a doctor for my prenatal care. Yes, I'm pregnant! I don't think we mentioned it in the last newsletter, so not everyone may know. We are thrilled and our little ones are happy about having a brother or sister.
Thanks for your love and friendship! And for understanding such an informal update. 

Blessings and peace, 
Tracie, Ricky, Isabella and Milan
Aug 2012