- As it is for most people, this is a very fun and busy time of year. We’ve had visitors coming through fairly steadily, which has been a huge encouragement to our whole family.
- Our partners left for a home assignment last June and so we’ve had a very small team in town to work with in supporting our missionaries. The team consists of our family and Bailey’s parents, along with some of our national workers. It’s been fun working together so closely and such a blessing to have grandparents and parents during this time.
- The highlight of the year, though, was welcoming our new SISTER to the family! Through a generous gift, we were able to return to California for Brian’s brother, Mark’s, wedding! It was incredibly sweet and special to be able to be a part of such a big day and we are thrilled to have Nicole as part of our family.
Here are a few other family updates:
Age: 6, 1st grade
Highlights: Has learned to read, loves to cook, create artwork, and mountain bike with Dad and Dylan.
Age: 8, 3rd grade
Highlights: Has taken a serious interest in mountain biking and mechanic work. Loves math and wants to grow his hair long so he can whip it around while he rocks out to music.
Age 10, 5th grade
Highlights: Loves reading, cross stitching, cooking, and dreams of one day being a helicopter pilot
Brian and Bailey:
Age 21, career learners
Highlights: Bailey has been homeschooling the kids, keeping the house running, food ready and flight following for Brian. She also checks in with all our remote missionaries on a daily basis. The flight schedule has been busy so flight following has been part of almost every day for Bailey. Christmas time is a busy one here in town but, while it is a lot of work, there is a lot of variety so life never gets dull!
Brian has spent most of his time flying and maintaining the helicopter along with finishing some minor building projects on the hangar. On top of a very full flight schedule he’s also been involved in leadership for the Philippine flight programs and been able to provide input to Ethnos360 Aviation internationally as they transition to utilizing helicopters in more locations – like Brazil! To stay sane and de-stress, he’s been mountain biking regularly and takes the kids with him when he can.