Tuesday, December 13, 2016

2016 Drawing to a Close

Uncle Ron, Auntie Susan and Grandpa came to visit us in November.
We really enjoying living on the border of town and being able to hike out occasionally into the wetlands.

Last week at the ECA Christmas program.

Our landlady and neighbor, Toyita, is Cedric's "adopted" Colombian abuelita. She came to watch him sing!

 Cedric's class at ECA had a ministry morning where they went to a nearby retirement home to sing and color for the elderly folk. I was able to be one of the chaperones and enjoyed spending the morning with his classmates.

There's a new photographer in the family. The following photos are all snapshots from Cedric's perspective!
 (I think we look like farmers!)
 (What the perfect Christmas cookie looks like!)
 (He's lying on the front porch facing the gate.)

We're getting into the Christmas spirit over here... missing family terribly but enjoying being home for the holidays!

Monday, January 18, 2016

New Zealand

The main reason for our visit to New Zealand was to spend time with Angela's family. We were given a week of all 15 of us together at a beach house on the Coromandel peninsula. Beautiful! (Click on any image to see a larger version.)

 Cedric got to know his cousins properly. Eva is 2 years older and Tolkien 2 years younger - they were the best ones to play with but he loves them all! (Age range is 8 mos to 14 yrs.)

We enjoyed a few walks exploring the Tauranga area where Angela's parents and sister live.

The three of us also took two side trips to visit friends and churches that have supported and are interested in God's work in Colombia (cities of Gisborne and Wellington).

My mother had her 70th birthday on January 3rd. Since we were all together we put on a party to celebrate her milestone. It was fun to celebrate with her and see lots of other relatives.