Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone! It has been a long time since we updated so I will try to give you a brief overview of the last 2 months.
Our kids continue to grow, grow, grow! Adrianne is now 10 (going on 30 some days). Kevin will be 9 in February and Joshua turned 6 in November. They are all in school this year so this fall has been very different for me. Adrianne is still at a small private school while the boys attend a local public elementary school. Kevin is in the Montessori program and loves it. He excels in the math and science areas so this program works well for him. Adrianne is our straight "A" student and demonstrates so much maturity sometimes it scares me! :) Joshua is our Kindergartner and the family clown! He also has been known to talk at the speed of light!

This is a picture of the Fogg family at my mother-in-laws 60th birthday party. Two of my sister-in-laws are missing from the picture.
As for our current status regarding mission work we are still in the seeking mode. Living Water International said to "look elsewhere" as they were stopping all new hires due to the economy. Two weeks after they said that, the director contacted Eric and asked him to become involved with a new type of drilling technique. Eric flew down to Houston for further training and to spearhead the production of a manual for this type of drilling. All of the training is in preparation for a month long trip to Luanda, Angola, Africa sometime this spring. This trip would only be for Eric, however. Eric will also be going to Haiti for 8 days with my dad through Living Water International to repair hand pumps in January. Living Water is still not making a commitment to us so we have explore other options. HCJB Radio has asked us to apply with them for possible longer term (3 year) positions in Quito, Ecuador. These positions would involve training the local people to build bio-sand filters and teach them proper hygiene. The position sound great, however we need to be fluent in Spanish and currently we are not. It could take up to 6 months for that process.
In the meantime Eric still goes in to work 1-2 days per week and has the phone attached to ear the other days with work issues and water contacts. I have been trying to catch up on things like deep cleaning, putting 10 year old photos in albums and all the other things that get put aside when home schooling. I also have been volunteering at the kids schools and I still home school Joshua 2-3 mornings a week before he heads off to afternoon Kindergarten. Recently I also accepted a position at a local retirement village as an Occupational Therapist. It has been 3 years since I last worked as an OT and honestly I did not think I would get back into it. I'm thankful that I was able to find a position in this economy though. I start after the new year working part-time.
Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and for you Michiganders - enjoy the snow!

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