Better late than never! Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
These last few months have been BUSY at our house! I have been helping out a lot at Natalie’s school. Another missionary mom and I decided to put on a Christmas program with the school kids, so that meant 3-4 music practices every week at the school (the 1-4th grades and 5-8th grades have separate music times). My friend was the one actually leading and directing the kids for the most part but I was able to put my rusty piano skills to work and help some of the kids to learn harmony parts to the songs. It was a lot of fun! The picture above was taken just before the Christmas program performance at the beginning of December. If it looks like Claire is wearing lipstick, it is because she just got done eating a red lollipop that came in the mail from her Aunt Laura 🙂
I also have been helping out with Natalie’s class (1-4th grades) by teaching art once a week. One of the other moms also comes in and helps me.
In the new year we will be doing some traveling. Dan has been asked to go back to MAF headquarters for some training, and the girls and I will go with him. He will also take some vacation, so our time in the States will be about 6 weeks long. We will be gone from mid-January until the end of February. This will mean Natalie will miss school (school starts again for the 2nd semester right when we plan to leave) but we will be able to bring some of her schoolwork with us. We will be mostly in the northwest Washington area and also a couple weeks with Dan in Idaho while he is doing his training.
Natalie has been doing very well in school so far. She is reading very well and also loves math. One of her favorite subjects is Indonesian!
Claire is doing well at home – she has friends here on the base to play with. I am still doing preschool with her on and off, but mostly only if she is interested in doing so. She is already writing her name very well and I don’t see any reason to push her harder if she doesn’t want to!
I hope that our internet situation will improve in the new year as well. Unfortunately our satellite dishes are STILL stuck in customs with no hope of getting them out in the forseeable future. So, MAF has ordered another satellite dish through a different provider and shipping method, so hopefully we will bypass the customs mess altogether. We’ll see! If all goes well the new internet should be in place by the time we get back from the States, but you never know… 🙂 So hopefully my blogging should improve from very sporadic to a little more regular 🙂
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!