Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas...

In our brief time back in the states thus far, we’ve toured all around these nifty thrifty. We have had a BLAST seeing friends and fam, roadtripping, surprising folks, eating fatty American food, and sleeping in. We’ve spent the greatest deal of time in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and now Colorado, and passed through quite a few in between. We still have Kansas to traverse and will end up back in Texas for Woods Pine Cove family camp in Tyler before heading to the DR on August 1st. Here are a couple of conclusions we’ve drawn (or rather been reminded of) since being back…

Best Weather: Colorado
Most Humid: TEXAS (by far)
Best Mexican food: also Texas
Best State to be in the Pool: yes, you guessed it, Texas
Most Ridiculous Toll Roads: Florida (how do people afford to commute in and out of Orlando?)
Worst Barbecue: North Carolina (sorry Van Heukelums, but J & J voted TX first…)
Most Ridiculous Theme Park with Nothing to do: Pedro’s "South of the Border" in South Carolina

Thickest Southern Accents and Waistlines: Mississippi (although Alabama’s not too far behind)

Overall, it’s really been great. Thanks to all of you out there who have welcomed us into your home, fed us gladly, and encouraged us in what we’re doing and where we’re headed. We’ve loved every minute of visiting with y’all.

For those who don’t know, Tim and I tearfully moved from Bolivia (and by moved I mean crammed in as much as our 4 suitcases could hold) on June 16th. We are now raising support to move to work in Jarabacoa in the DR. We have loved living in La Paz- it was truly a privilege to work with such a stellar staff and teach crazy incredible kids. I saw and experienced things in Bolivia that are deeply etched in my memory…our disastrous Salar trip that turned into a heavenly escape, camping on the Isla del Sol, seeing hardened young hearts broken and molded, hunting for anacondas in thigh-deep swamp water, crossing rivers in LandCruisers on the mission trip, flipping a house with the help of dedicated friends, pressing through the bureaucracy of a system that required 1 ½ years to get a one year visa, becoming mentors and parents to kids in need of a stable voice they could trust…too many to name.

But this past year we really sensed the Lord calling us elsewhere, to a place that has been on our hearts for several years now, to a place that Tim first found while we were only dating and has since been in love with. Through the total grace and sovereignty of God, Tim will be the outdoor expedition leader at Doulos Discovery School and I will be the middle school language arts teacher. We are stoked. Honestly, when people ask me, I am most thrilled about seeing my husband do something that he is passionate about and feels truly gifted to do. I believe that he has some exceptional gifts yet to be fully tapped into. I hope and pray this job brings those out in him.

If you’re reading this and you haven’t gotten our most recent support letter and want to support our ministry somehow, you can give online here or write a check to Doulos Discovery School with our names in the memo line and send it here:

Doulos Discovery Ministries
PO Box 3080
Burnsville, MN 55337

On a recent little hike outside Colorado Springs, we met a couple older women who had done missions in the DR before. One asked if we knew much about the voodoo and witchcraft that takes place in the DR and Haiti. Her friend interjected with, “Nah, don’t worry about him. Satan’s a woose. He’s got nothing on Jesus,” to which I replied, “Amen!”

So, we move forward in the divine confidence that Satan has been defeated and our God reigns supreme. Good news, eh?