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Northern France

For the holidays, we traveled up north and north again to Rousies, France. Where my parents have been for 1 yr 7 mo. working at a print shop, printing New Testaments and other french Christian literature. It has been nice being up here seeing them, hearing french,(both Mary and I love french) and enjoying good french bread. Unfortunately, we now are running day 5 of sickness. First Timmy got it, then all the rest but Daddy. I may be next. Yuckness, seems to be subsiding though and attitudes are improving. We are staying in the apartment above the church and we were all bummed that we could not go to French church yesterday. It has been cold and grey here and so at least we are not missing good weather out. 

There are many signs left from the wars, bunkers, and even one of those instant bridges used to cross rivers where the bridges were damaged from bombings. 

My sister Laura arrived last week and is now getting stir crazy as Grandparents are getting sick too and not able to take her out. I will be going to take her out later today. off for now.

Maubeuge battlements, coughing soldiers

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We stayed above the church in Feignies

We stayed above the church in Feignies

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Roger & Rosemary Saxe live in Rousies. Missionaries with BLF

 

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No I am not looking for a new motto, but a moto, you know the kind that goes vroom vroom. I don’t want a new wife (mine is more wonderful, sweet and full of life) nor a galavant around the back woods of the USA, but a moto cycle would be fun. Of course this is just my dreamy side speaking.  I will probably have to settle for a bicycle.  Or a few good mottos. any loose mottos…?

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Look who’s 40!

Yes, you guessed it, Nate has turned 40 (of course not Maria Michelle…yet, anyway).  No big celebration this year but we will be going to visit Nate’s parents in France for Christmas.  In his own words…” I must say a certain aire of dignity has reached my stature and I walk as if a man on top of his proverbial Game. Just don’t know what game that is. Oh, and the rules…don’t know the rules for the game either. Wait, that hardly makes me on top of it, unless it is a board game that I am sitting on. Okay enough of my feeble banter.”  OR, “Yes, I have passed the gauntlet into the realm of mid-life crisisdom. FUN. I believe this entitles me to more respect, grey hair and a moto!! Okay, just give me a moto”.   There you have it…Nate’s wit is ripening with age. 

Happy 40th Nate!

Happy 40th Nate! (can't get this picture turned...sorry, it may help to tilt your head:))

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Trip to the north

In November, we traveled north to visit friends and ministries in the regions of Navarra and Cantabria.  In Navarra, we stayed with the Leatherwoods who have been church planting in Tafalla.  They have been in Spain 9 years as missionaries.  We met them this summer and took part in the English camps they do at 7 Oaks in Navarra.  They also homeschool and have 5 kids the same ages as ours.  Next, we went to Cantabria and visited the church in Santander.  Sergio and Miriam Ramirez are CAM missionaries in Spain over 20 years.  We enjoyed being with and learning from these missionaries and the small churches in these locations.  We have learned a lot from traveling like this which has widened our perspective on Spain.  Both Navarra and Cantabria are 2 of the 3 neediest regions for the gospel in Spain, although the need is great in all of Spain.

Our kids fit right into the worship time with their friends in the Tafalla church

Our kids fit right into the worship time with their friends in the Tafalla church

 

 

church plant in Tafalla by the Leatherwoods

church plant in Tafalla by the Leatherwoods

 

The Leatherwoods are hospitable folks.  There were 6 adults, 9 kids, 3 dogs, & 3 cats in their home in Artajona

The Leatherwoods are hospitable folks. There were 6 adults, 9 kids, 3 dogs, & 3 cats in their home in Artajona

 

The kids enjoyed some days of homeschool co-op during our visit

The kids enjoyed some days of homeschool co-op during our visit

 

Wet, green Cantabria is quite different from sunny, dry Andalucia

Wet, green Cantabria is quite different from sunny, dry Andalucia

 

Enjoying Cantabria style in Santillana del Mar

Enjoying Cantabria style in Santillana del Mar

Sergio leading youth in the Santander church with Christmas program rehearsal.

Sergio leading youth in the Santander church with Christmas program rehearsal.

Fish display in San Vicente de la Barquera

Fish display in San Vicente de la Barquera

Churros with a family of believers in Santander

Churros with a family of believers in Santander

it doesn't take long for kids to feel comfortable

it doesn't take long for kids to feel comfortable

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Want some noise?

Noise is not lacking here when the Catholic church lets off its fireworks (sometimes literally hundreds in a few minutes).  We have become less startled at the explosions going off.  In fact, just like mopeds it is becoming more like background noise.  The “feria” in September isn’t something one gets accustomed to easily…REALLY noisy all night for the entire week (some people decide it is a good time to take a vacation).

"fireworks" seen from our backyard

"fireworks" seen from our backyard

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There is an interesting mix of kids in the neighborhood.  Although we are in a Spanish part, just a block away is an apartment complex of Gypsies.  Timmy has been a pal to all the neighborhood kids, but he has also had his bad days.  Kids in Spain use a lot of “tacos” (swear words) and may be persistent and harsh in their actions.  We realize they learn this from the adults.  One day when Timmy was out with the neighborhood kids playing near a neighbors yard, the neighbor yelled, “…I’m going to cut your b—- off…”  Not exactly our parenting style or what we’re used to culturally.  Guess thats why they call it culture shock!  

Timmy & Theo are avid bike riders.  Sometimes they run into problems with the Gypsies particularly.

Timmy & Theo are avid bike riders. Sometimes they run into problems with the Gypsies particularly.

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Sierra turned 13 on October 23rd.  Happy Birthday Sierra!  

Sierra with Alegria on her birthday

Sierra with Alegria on her birthday

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