|A 'Welcome Home' sign for us|
|All bags (& people) arrived home safely!|
1) After spending a few weeks on the West Coast at our parent's houses in California and Oregon, we made the trek out to Colorado without a place to land! Fortunately, our dear friends Fred and Laurel Beck graciously and generously opened their home to us. After a little more than week with them, our other dear friends the Reynold's allowed us to stay with them for a week and a half too. In the interest of spreading ourselves around (and against the protests of the Reynold's!) we then headed back to the Beck's for the last week before our house came available. In all, we lived with friends for just over a month!
|Stopping at the 'Little America' rest stop in Wyoming has|
become a tradition on our West Coast to Colorado treks.
|Opening the storage unit is always a bit of a gut check...|
|...but thanks to a fellow EMIers Justin and Gary, as well as|
interns Phil and Ryan, we got the whole unit emptied in
about 5 hours.
|First day of school after the longest Spring Break ever.|
5) Things are going well at EMI - my new role has been keeping me very busy, and yet I feel like I've just scratched the surface. After helping to finish up the report from my recent project trip to Uganda with EMIUK, I've started to pick up some of the International Office work I'll be involved with. Some of the things I've been starting to work on:
a) I have been put in charge of managing the re-launch of our Latin America office, hopefully to get underway in the Summer of 2015 with language school for our new office staff.
b) I helped design a water holding tank for a water distribution project we did for World Vision in Malawi. (More on that in a follow-up post also posted today!)
d) I've begun the process of taking over the responsibility of supervising our Finance department .
e) I've been sitting in on just about every meeting that's come up - HR, Finance, Disaster Response, Publications, Projects, Interns, etc.
f) I've also started to help coordinate some of our special events - conferences, seminars, and other 'get the word out' type of events, etc.
g) Travel-wise, I'll probably be heading down to somewhere in Latin America to visit a few potential office locations come this Fall.
|Fellow EMIer Dirk telling the Easter story to the boys and|
some other kids in their neighborhood at their annual
'eggstravaganza' egg hunt.
Ok that's the brief rundown on where we're at these days. For prayer requests, you can pray for Alisha's job situation. She's submitted all of her paperwork to obtain her Colorado teaching license, so now it's just a matter of waiting for the primary school jobs to start opening up here and to see what might be a good fit for her. Or, if God wouldn't have her work full-time, that he would make that clear too. For the boys, you can pray for friendships as the 'newness' of moving back here settles in. And finally, for me, that I'd be a quick learner at work! :)
|After two years in storage, the boys' bikes|
are getting heavy use these days!