Since we last wrote to you, we have enjoyed a crazy two week trip back to the UK. This included work, family, a wedding, lots of admin stuff to sort through, seeing friends from Oxford anddedicating our Lucie Megan! Thanks to all who came, it was a special day for us.
May and June have been busy trying to make the most of our remaining french lessons and activities before everything shuts down for July and August. The french know how to enjoy their summer ‘vacances’! I, Ruth, have been squashing in extra french lessons where I can as I feel the slight pressure of life changing once September comes.
July and August bring a different rhythm to life as we head back to the UK for two weeks. We have a few different things happening; the usual admin stuff (but we’re sure you’re not interested in that!) followed by more exciting things like the marriage of some very good friends Claire & Ryan, and visiting family. We are especially looking forward to seeing my Aunt who, though very fit and healthy had a minor stroke earlier in June, which was a major shock and made for a very unpleasant few days. Thankfully she is doing well and back home.
We will also be camping at Transform, our church family’s camp, this will be a great time of re-connecting with people, getting a taste of what is going on with Salt & Light as a whole, and knowing we are part of something bigger than ourselves…..so we look forward to seeing as many friends as is possible!
At the start of August, we head back to France for more camping with a week at Destinee, a french church camp. It will be a great time of tasting more and seeing more of what God is doing in the french speaking church and with a specific missional theme to Africa, we’re looking forward to being a part of the week.
Thankfully, all this camping at 7+ months pregnant will be followed by a holiday with Ruth’s family before returning to Bourg-Saint-Andeol to get organised for the start of a new term.
September brings some change; the obvious one being the arrival of Hettler number 3. Micah will start at the local ‘Ecole Maternelle’; it will be great for him to increase his social circle! There will be change for Paul as his current IT job will have finished and he has reached the level of french required by our ‘course’ here. So he is currently looking into other courses to take his french further and possible flexible employment opportunities (if anyone has anything…..).
It feels somewhat like September is a slightly blank canvas; some outline is clear, but we feel there is real room for God to draw what He wants. This requires a certain level of faith, financially, and to hear what Paul, in particular, is to be doing. Please join us in praying for this, and do send us any thoughts.
“It takes tremendous confidence to lead. Not the confidence of having all the answers — that’s arrogance — but the confidence to move forward even without the answers” Peter Bregman
We are thrilled to introduce Lucie Megan, born safely (and quickly!) Saturday 30th July 2011, weighing 7lb 14oz. The last two weeks since her birth have gone quickly; it’s been quite a change getting used to being a family of four!
Micah loves his new sister, and has taken being an older brother in his stride: getting her toys, giving her enthusiastic hugs and kisses, but mostly just getting on with the busy life of a nearly two year old!
In early October we will be moving to the south of France to work on our French for about six months. We will have a small apartment within a large, old house, will have daily lessons and get involved in the local life of the small town we’ll be in. It will be total immersion to make the most of our French learning time.
We plan on having a short time back in the UK to repack our bags in the Spring, before making the big move to Burundi.
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!