what we’ve been up to {May}

I know, I know, it’s been a long time. We have a good excuse, I promise! For the past month, the HOL kids have been out of school on summer break. When the kids are out of school for summer and at Christmas, some of them will go to family members for the break. During this time, the staff was also able to go visit their families in the neighboring state so we were able to step up and give the staff a big break. This break has entailed us keeping one of the young boys at our home and also entertaining the older girls. They have come to our house everyday and we have played games, made cards, painted and watched Power Rangers. We even had several sleepovers! Ha. It has been a lot of fun, but it’s also been a lot different from our normal schedule. It’s been a loooong time since we’ve had a day off and we are certainly tired, but it has been great to give the staff a break and be able to spend such great quality time with the kids that are here.

Other things we’ve been up to:

— I have finished planning for my English class through the end of September! This is such a huge thing for me.

— Hot season is almost finished! Can you say Hallelujah?! The heat index is only 108* today and it is steadily getting a little cooler. I’ve heard there should be 2 or 3 weeks of flux left but then it’ll be monsoon season. I’ve never been this excited for rain.

— HOL is going to summer camp! We take all the kids and staff to a facility a little bit outside of Kolkata for a summer camp / conference. Preston is preaching and he’s been working hard on preparation.

— Preston is taking an online open-enrollment seminary class this summer. He’s a church nerd. He’s having the time of his life already.

— We’re going to Thailand in 3 weeks and couldn’t be more excited!

— We got a {temporary} scooter! We’ve been looking to buy one for awhile and haven’t been able to find one, but it worked out for us to borrow one until August. It has already brought so much freedom and ease to our lives and we just got it. 10 minutes vs. 45 minutes (including a 15 minute walk, 1 bus ride and 1 auto rickshaw ride) to church. Groceries with ease, etc. We’re still looking to buy one but are so thankful for this one in the meantime.

— I recently discovered that you can borrow Kindle books from your local (or in my case, not-so-local) library and it has been the best thing for this bookworm. I’d love to hear what’s on your summer reading list!

— This technically happened in April, but the Kingwood First Baptist AWANA kids sent our kids Easter bags and they were so great! And we obviously love getting American candy!


I’m sorry we’ve been absent… the past month has been absolute insanity. We promise to get more consistent from here on out. Thanks for keeping up with us and praying with us and for us!

cooler weather. so great.

cooler weather. so great.

our cute little house guest with a cute little umbrella.

our cute little house guest with a cute little umbrella.

one of our many park outings.

one of our many park outings.

this guy is a champ. sermon prep, online class & picking up my slack while i was sick. he's the best.

this guy is a champ. sermon prep, online class & picking up my slack while i was sick. he’s the best.

sleepovers in india mean making your house guests a huge pot of ramen noodles…for breakfast.

sleepovers in india mean making your house guests a huge pot of ramen noodles…for breakfast.

rainy day. so thankful.

rainy day. so thankful.


2 thoughts on “what we’ve been up to {May}

  1. Alex, always a blessing to read your posts . . .whenever you get around to them. We will be emailing our AWANA kids your prayer requests once a month throughout the summer so keep letting me know what these eager prayer warriors can continue to pray for. I know Preston will do an amazing job preaching at camp! I’m driving your mom nuts because I have it stuck in my brain that you & P are coming home in July for a short visit for some reason and she keeps having to tell me I’m nuts!! LOL. Will you see Ryan when you are in Thailand? If you do, snap a pic of the 3 of you together. We will be adopting you guys in the fall again. I miss you, honey. I am so proud of your obedience, determination and humility. I also can’t wait for you guys to be back here sitting around the pool telling us all your stories. Hugs and kisses from my girls and me! Jenny

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