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San Diego

We've moved on to our next stop in Glendora at my sister Traci's family, but what a great week we had in San Diego with Alisha's brother's family and her parents at her brother's house. Her brother has 3 boys too (TJ 10, Tyler 8 & Jake 5) so there was much chaos with dirt bikes, trampoline wars and dart gun fights, but we all had just a great time visiting.
We went Sea World, walked the tidepools with the seals in La Jolla, had a great Christmas opening a house full of gifts and capped it off with a trip to Legoland on the last day. The boys were in 7th heaven - I think they'd live at Uncle Brian and Auntie Shannon's house if they had their choice - it is the perfect setup for boys.
We thought Graysen may have slightly fractured his lower left leg after a gnarly fall on the trampoline Christmas Eve, but he seems to be limping around on it ok now. Otherwise, we enjoyed the mid-60's weather - a far cry from the 20's and 30's and snow we see Medf…

New Banner!

Thanks to Alisha's brother Brian for laying out our new blog banner! He's the master at Photoshop. This is a picture of Brian and Graysen at Legoland yesterday! ***1 month from today we fly out of SFO for Uganda!! Getting excited.***

Last day of school

This is out of order, but we wanted to include some of the pictures from Brodie, Jonah & Graysen's last day of school. Graysen & Jonah's classes had a singing presentation up front in the main sanctuary at First Presbyterian in downtown Medford. For some reason, Graysen felt embarrassed to be up in front of 50 people even though he was anything but just 4 days earlier up in front of nearly 1000 people at church - 3 times! So he stood up there looking scared most of the time.
Jonah held true to form and belted out every last word during his performance, with a confidence that definitely exceeded his talent level! His showmanship was top notch though, and we were as proud as could be of our little wailer. We were sad to say goodbye to their teachers as well - Mrs. Mayfield and Mrs. Fort who hold a special place in the boys' hearts.
Brodie's last day was very special as well. In the morning, Mrs. Staff's class did a lesson on Christmas in Africa. In the afterno…

The Sights & Sounds of moving...

Well, I suppose sounds doesn't really apply. But we're on the road finally after 6 weeks of moving out of our house, scarce sleep and dry and splitting hands. It was a very sad goodbye to Medford and our treasured friends there. Our last night was memorable as we stayed up until 2am hanging out with the Sampsons and playing Karaoke (yep, they actually got Alisha to sing!). We are really going to miss the people we've met and grown to love in our adopted hometown of Medford. God-willing, we'll be back someday!
We love Oregon and we love Medford. But for now, we've begun our trek into California to visit family and friends down here. We just finished 4 days in Davis staying at our longtime friends from college the DeJong's house and visiting with family as well. We went to basketball games - my brother Bret's KU Pelicans took 3rd place in the Dixon tournament, which pitted my dad's alma mater (Dixon, '57) vs. my mom's alma mater (KU, '57) in th…

Heading out...

Well, the house is down to about 99% packed up and we're preparing to head out of town on Thursday. My last day of work was on Nov. 30th, and since then it's been a mad rush to get the house packed and into storage in time, while trying to spend as much time with friends and family here as possible.
Thursday we said goodbye to our bible study ("link group"), then Friday night we had a going away dinner with Mark & Barbara from my office. Today was kind of a sad day, as in the morning we said goodbye to our wonderful church family. They brought us up in front of the congregation to officially 'send us off' and pray for us. The boys shared in all 3 services about what we will be doing in Africa. There is not a shy bone in any of their 3 little bodies. They raced to see who could get up on stage first, and then fought for "mic-time"! Both Pastor Ron and Pastor Tom prayed for us at the 3 main services. It was so nice and comforting for us to be sent …

Thanksgiving Weekend

We went to Klamath Falls this past week to spend Thanksgiving at my parents house with my parents, my brother Bret & his wife Nikki and their 3 boys, and my sister Traci and her husband KC and their 6 kids visiting up from Southern California. It was such a great visit. We (I) took naps, played games, watched movies, talked, read, and just hung around the house the entire time.
The boys were in seventh heaven playing with the cousins all day. They bundled up and made a clubhouse outside, played trains, and a few marathon games of Risk. It was our first Thanksgiving with the newest additions to the family - Traci and KC's adopted boys Brad and Joey. What sweet boys they are and how lucky we are to have them as a part of our family now. We're especially excited because they're so close in age with our boys.
Saturday night we went to Uncle Don's and Aunt Ann's for a hot dog roast and bonfire. It was freezing cold, but so much fun to hang out with the Taucher side of…

Jonah is a whale of a helper! (sorry)

Well, the trees have been slowly shedding their leaves this past month, and Jonah and I have been in a battle to keep the yard clean. Unfortunately, by the time the following morning arrives, all evidence of our hard work has been covered.
Jonah is such a good helper - any time I even hint at a job or project that needs to be done, Jonah is Johnny on the spot! He never complains, even when the project lasts longer than he bargained for - like last Sunday when we raked the back and front yards for about 3 1/2 hours. Or the day before, when we took two loads of stuff to put into storage across town.
So on that note, we now have all our big stuff and about 80% of everything moved into the storage garage. Alisha's mom & dad have a rental in Central Point with a second detached garage/shop, so they rented it with the garage/shop off-limits this past summer and are allowing us to store our stuff in it while we're gone. What a huge blessing that is!


A Pirate, an Elephant, and Santa Claus! We had a fun day, first trick-or-treating at a couple of neighbors houses, then off to McDonald's for patties and fries (gluten-free you know!), and then to the Tablerock Fellowship harvest party. The harvest party is the best dang Halloween gala I've ever seen - we go every year and every year it is a smash hit. They play games, get prizes, and have all kinds of snacks and treats (well, most kids can eat the treats! :) ). Anyway, it was a fun-filled evening and the boys went right to bed! Jonah and Graysen walked in a parade at their pre-school, and Jonah's teacher Mrs. Mayfield was a pirate too!

Day at Mr. Wayne's Ranch

What a treat we had this past Sunday when "Mr. Wayne" (Wayne Evans) invited us out to his property in Sam's Valley (just North of Medford). He has a beautiful site right along the Rogue River.
We enjoyed a day of bbq'ing hotdogs, riding 4-wheelers & tractors and playing games in his shop. We also got to walk through his house that's under construction - what a beautiful place it will be when it's completed!
We met Wayne a little over a year ago when we were still in the decision-making process for Africa, and he has been a real encouragement to us ever since. He and his wife Diane are in the process of moving up here from the Bay Area.
Wayne invited some other friends and family and played our video for everyone, and then allowed us to share some of how God called us to Africa.
It was sucha fun day - the boys were on cloud 9, and I think they'd still be there now if we'd allowed them to stay!

We have plane tickets!!

We depart for Africa from San Francisco on January 27th! It's just under 3 months away but time is feeling really short to us. We've started packing and selling some stuff too, so that's easing the stress. No bites on the house yet, so we'll start talking to people about renting it out for the time being. Maybe that's the better financial move for us in the long run anyway - who knows.
Anyway, thank you all who are playing a big part in this venture - we are so incredibly blessed by the love and support we've received.





Soccer is done!

Well, after a good run over the past 5 years, 'Pumas' run at the top of La Liga del Valle came to an end today. We've had this team together for 5 years and won 3 championships, but our age finally caught up with us as we were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs 3-0.
I have really enjoyed the friendships I've made and learned a lot from the talented group of players we had. We have a lot of good memories, probably the most notable being the night we "shocked the world" (yeah right!) by beating the local semi-pro team 3-2 under the lights in Ashland 2 years ago.
Alisha snapped a few photos today during and after the game. Just for clarification, Graysen did not play on the team even though he appears on Jorge's shoulders in the team photo! The team was always so kind to the boys.
I love the picture with the Medford "skyline" in the background! Probably the thing I'll miss the most though is the boys running out onto the field at hal…