Thursday, July 20, 2017

June 2017 Update

Dear Friends & Family,

We hope that you had a lovely fourth of July! Ours was definitely anti-climatic as we "celebrated" just north of the border.  We did have the experience of witnessing Canada Day in Québec (July 1st), where we didn't see any Canadian flags but saw many driveways taking part in Québec's "moving day".  Yes, most leases start/end on this day in Québec and in its wake there are many "donation" piles for the city garbage men to pick-up.  Québec's big celebration was the Saint-Jean-Baptiste celebration on June 24th, as we live in a very francophone city, there were many Québec flags everywhere, some fireworks, and then, of course, festivities in the downtown.

May 2017 Update

Dear Friends & Family,

We have now been residents of Québec for one month and are proud to report that Lydia is speaking fluent baby French and English!  We are very grateful of your prayers during this time and process.  We hope you are doing well, and we pray and think about you often.  There are a myriad of emotions, as we settle into life here: at times, it is overwhelming, exciting, surreal, challenging, and natural.  We covet your support, now, more than ever.

April 2017 Update

Dear Friends & Family,

By the grace of God, we are excited to announce that we have made it to Canada and are now settled into our new home in Sant-Jérôme, Québec!!  We have greatly felt your prayers and support throughout this entire process and know that God has specifically sent us here for such a time as this.

Here are some photos and explanations of what this move has looked like for us:

March 2017 Update

Dear Friends & Family,

We hope that you are doing well!  We are exceedingly grateful for your support as this portion of our journey is coming to an end.  This last month has been filled, as we have been preparing our house to be a rental, packing up all of the areas that aren't needed on a regular basis, selling or getting rid of items we won't take with us, closing up accounts, receiving final paper work and passports, and saying good-byes to friends.  We did have the chance to share before the Missions Board at our church but their budget is financially full for this year.  We have received confirmation from several of our supporters that they will start support in the month of April, a few one-time donations, as well as a couple of donations towards the French immersion program, "Fleur de Lys"  (three months worth)!  We now have a renter for our own home and we have found and are leasing a home in Saint-Jérôme until July 2018!  We are thankful and amazed by how everything is falling into place, not in our own way, but in God's perfect plan.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

La Chambre de bébé

After much thought, preparation, and renovation we have a little oasis for our little girl (and mostly to be enjoyed by us).  Of course, in typical fashion, I had many lists and "deadlines" going so that way everything would be ready for an {extra} early arrival.  But we are now sitting at 38 weeks and waiting in anticipation for her arrival!  All of my little "deadlines", though, did provide mental relief as we came into the Christmas & holiday season and could truly enjoy time with family and friends!
 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mr. McGregor's Garden

Before Thanksgiving, we were incredibly blessed by a lovely shower for our coming (very soon!!) little girl.  My mom and sister put on a beautiful spread/theme of Beatrix Potter's Tale of Peter Rabbit.  We were overwhelmed by the love and support of those who were able to come.  Also, each friend/family member provided their favorite used/new children's book.  So, Bébé Maul now has quite the library and each book has a note from the giver.  It was a lovely shower and the living room was packed with 30 {inspirational} women.  

To the many good friends who live far away from us, I wish you could have joined in the celebration!  Here are some photos that were taken so you can virtually see what was going-on in our Northwest Corner of the world.  Welcome to Mr. McGregor's Garden...    

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

31 Weeks with Bébé Maul

Well, we've made it to 31 weeks, the third trimester, and the final stretch!!  Here are some snapshots commemorating the growth and memories along the journey, thus far...

Here I am at fourteen weeks and I remember feeling so much bigger, so quickly!  I seemed to have popped, fast, and now have been holding steady for quite some time: