Happy New Year! It feels like it’s been a year since our last update (heh heh – some jokes never get old). We took some time off to get away from work and the town (and the internet) and spend some precious time with family. All of Ruth’s family are in town this holiday season, and it has been wonderful to be together. Get ready to enjoy lots of pictures from this Holiday season – you’ll see it was more than just a fun family time.
Before getting to the pictures, Ruth and I just want to once again emphasize our thankfulness to you – your love, support, Christmas cards & notes (which we receive each day!) and willingness to partner in Kingdom work. We feel so blessed and are trusting the Lord for a wonderful 2009! We also pray each day for you, that you would be blessed as you continue to be a blessing in God’s Kingdom.
We have good news and bad news. Against the norm, we’ll share the good news first: the doctor said Ruth is nearly fully recovered, doing exceptionally well. He is ordering tons of tests for Ruth, just to go over everything very well to see if there is anything to watch out for in Ruth’s next pregnancy. He believes Ruth’s next pregnancy will be a healthy one, and our next baby as well! Praise God – that’s what we’re praying for!
The bad news: the doctor said that given the outcome of her last pregnancy, she should play the next one super safe and not do any air travel at all while she is pregnant. That means if we get pregnant when we hope to (some time this Spring), Ruth will not be able to travel to the US (or anywhere via airplane, for that matter). I was super bummed to hear that, because our life and plans, once again, were thrown in the air and left hanging. Among many other things, we’re learning to be more flexible! Ha! So now we’re in a “wait and see” pattern. If anything, I (Nate) will probably come to the States alone in August and have an abbreviated stay – visiting family, friends and our 4 supporting churches. Of course, this is all subject to when Ruth gets pregnant. If she doesn’t get pregnant before our trip to the States, she’ll be able to come, but we are praying that she gets pregnant as soon as she is healthy, which, pending these tests, would seem to be very soon. Keep our us and our plans before the Lord and we will trust together that the Lord will work everything out for the best! OK, enough talk, lets see some pictures!
The Picture Portion of a Phabulous Update
One of my Christmas presents this year was a new Nikon DSLR camera. Wow! What a wonderful gift- I’m loving it! About the only way to top that would be if someone wanted to give us a house. Any takers? Ha! Just look at some of the great photos we took: