It’s been a while…
since we’ve been in touch, and much has happened! The last time we wrote we were very much enjoying a month in Canada with Paul’s parents on their farm. It was wonderful to have a full month there – as well as feeling like we properly got to catch up with people, it also felt like a good rest! We pitched in on the farm, helping with harvesting, selling at the market, and ‘testing’ the produce. Micah in particular thought the strawberries needed a lot of quality control!
When we got back to Oxford, England, Ruth went back to her specialist nurse job in the bone marrow transplant unit, while Paul needed to find work. God is good, as he got an offer just over a week after starting looking! The job is designing and updating a website for a small anti-virus magazine. They have been very flexible with us, which means we’ve both been able to work three days, sharing looking after Micah. On a Friday when we both work, he soaks up the undivided attention of his grandparents!
Micah is doing very well, amazing us how quickly he’s growing. He’s very much out of the baby stage and is looking, and behaving, like a toddler. He scurries around on all fours, jabbering away, and is on the verge of walking. He is intensely curious, with an obsession for phones, hats, and anything electronic! He often has us laughing, and is a source of great joy (most of the time!)
Our exciting news is that we’re going to have another baby! The due date is the end of July, so we’ll have quite a full summer this year!
What does that mean for our plans?
We are still very much pressing on with our plans for going back to Burundi / DR Congo. Of course it will mean we will be stretched to begin with, having a new baby and toddler when we arrive! The plan is that we pack ourselves up over the summer, then go to south France for the Autumn to boost our French. Then we’d aim to head out to Burundi in early 2012!
Not much to do then!
In the next several months before the baby arrives we need to sort out how to rent out our house, including sorting our possessions, plan our months in France, start organising a place to live in Burundi, and raise support for our start-up costs and monthly expenses! Thankfully we do have six months to be getting on with all of this. But we will need your help! If you don’t get our email letters, sign up now!