My husband and my oldest son are home safely from a trip to a very exotic location in Central Asia to drop off our daughter, Jaynie, where she will be a homeschool helper.
Jaynie called today, and she sounds so happy. She's also updated her blog (See Z). Reading her words, she seems remarkably content and fulfilled to be where she fully believes she has been called by God.
|Joe, Jaynie, and their dad just before they said their final good-bye|
Our daughter, Lissie, is doing very well on her trip to St. Petersburg, Russia. She left on Saturday for an 11-day trip to minister to orphans there. (See Impassioned Purity).
|An orphan who attached himself to Lissie for the day|
Our oldest daughter, Anna, continues to be thrilled with her new role as wife to a man she loves passionately and respects deeply.
|Walking up the aisle as brand-new husband and wife|
The problem is that I no longer know what routine looks like. Since October:
- our oldest daughter has gotten engaged
- Jim and I have traveled to Russia to go to court to petition to adopt three additional children
- our entire family traveled to Moscow to spend time with the newbies, Daria, Alexander and Oksana and bring them home
- our oldest daughter has gotten married and moved 15 hours away
- our 18-year-old daughter has moved to central Asia to serve American families living there
- our 19-year-old daughter has traveled independently to St. Petersburg to minister to orphans
On top of that I don't really know how to proceed with Daria, Alexander and Oksana's schooling this year. They've learned so much English in the past 10 months. Yet, their vocabulary isn't full enough to allow them to study their subjects at the level they would if they hadn't switched languages.