Today Aaron had to be at school early as his entire class was going on a field trip to an old fort near Albertville. Fort de Tamié is a fun place to visit and it is called an acro fort as it recently installed zip lines and ropes courses for people of all ages. Aaron returned at the end of the day talking excitedly of the zip-lines and grand adventures.
Another goodbye today… We are all going to miss grandpa and grandma. We’ve got used to their visit’s each weekend and their letting Melissa and I get away to study for hours on end. Their visit has been very good for the boys and a huge encouragement to Melissa and I as well. I think they’ve also enjoyed seeing a good part of Europe. What adventurous souls they’ve been…
Aden was helping grandpa wash his rental car before he returned it.
For the past four weekends we’ve had the kid’s grandpa and grandma drop in on Fridays and stay through Monday morning when they took off to explore different parts of Europe. Wow, what a blessing their visit has been… They usually arrive Friday evening with a meal, continue to make meals during the weekend, and watch the boys almost non-stop from Friday to Sunday night. We’ve enjoyed the freedom to get extra time in studying and the boys have loved having so much time with their grandparents.
Every other Tuesday evening the ABWE Togo families that are currently in language school get together for a time of prayer and fellowship. Tonight we had the Togo team prayer time at the Kosiorek house and afterwards we all enjoyed ice cream with toppings. I snapped a photo of most of the missionary kids headed to Togo (minus a few uncooperative ones).
After attending church in Annecy today we dropped Melissa off 12 miles from home and she did her last long run before her half-marathon in Lyon in two weeks. A twelve mile run after church while carrying a child is not too shabby. Of course the boys and I were ultra supportive… we drove to a bakery down the trail a ways and bought some fresh bread and pastries and ate those while we watched her jog past.
It looks like grandma shared her chocolate pudding with Aden.
Each Friday before we head to class we sing French hymns or worship songs for 15 to 20 minutes. This is becoming more enjoyable now that we are better able to pronounce the words and understand the lyrics. It’s fun to see progress.
Now that Aaron is in 1st grade he has homework many evenings.
Shopping and cooking provide more opportunities to learn French. These are all common ingredients and spices…
Another photo from this weekend’s photo rally at our church’s retreat…
The church we attend in Annecy did not meet this weekend at their regular location and time. Instead, they rented a small retreat facility for Saturday and Sunday. Ethan’s dad and step mom offered to watch the boys at our apartment so we decided this would be a great opportunity to get better acquainted with the people we attend church with, and practice FRENCH. From the time we arrived shortly after lunch on Saturday to the time we left Sunday afternoon, we many opportunities to hear, speak, and comprehend French. We really want to learn French well so it was at times frustrating to not have the right words or not understand what was being said. However awkward, stressful, frustrating, tiring, and gratifying this weekend was (and at times it was all of these) we know these sorts of experiences help us learn French and build relationships with our French brothers and sisters and for that we are grateful.
One of the first activities we had on Saturday was a photo rally where everyone was assigned to a team and the teams then had to take photos for each of the situations listed on our instructions.
Today we along with dad and Arla and the Lether family took a drive and had a picnic near a mountain stream where the boys enjoyed playing in the water . Later we stopped at Beaufort for a wander through the Beaufort cheese store and factory. The Accordion Festival was underway in Beaufort so we took in a few moments of accordion music before heading home.