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May 22, 2017


We had a great day attending GracePoint Church and representing the work of the hospital. May 21, 2017


Melissa is at a women’s retreat tonight. The boys and I went to Ikea for dinner. The last time we ate at an Ikea was about three years ago in Switzerland right before our flight to Togo. Maybe the memory of eating at Ikea is sweeter than the reality as Aaron commented that the thought the food at Ikea in Switzerland was better than here in the States.May 19, 2017


We snapped a photo of the farm as we headed out last week on our way to Seattle. My mom has planted daffodils near the creek where my (Ethan’s) older brother Aaron drowned in May of 1975 and each spring they provide a beautiful burst of color and a reminder that this life is fleeting.

May 17, 2017


Fist visarit to the library meant library cards and books for everyone…May 13, 2017


We’re headed for Seattle with what will be home for the better part of this next year.May 12, 2017


Goin’ on a bear hunt… Aaron and Eli joined some of their cousins and my brother for a few hours of bear hunting this morning.May 10, 2017


Today we saw another set of cousins (Ethan’s brother’s family), and got to get up close and personal with some of their farm animals.May 5, 2017

May 5a, 2017

May 5b, 2017


Today is the last full day of our time together in Hawaii. What a great time of rest and reunion this has been. God worked this out so that Melissa’s siblings and their children (some of whom we had not yet met) could come together to this peaceful island resort. We are so thankful for the way God allowed this to come together and for Melissa’s parents’ hard work planning and organizing this trip for more than a year.May 1, 2017


April 29, 2017


Aaron and Grandpa really like boogie boarding…April 28, 2017


April 24, 2017


Aden and his uncle Cory.april 23,2017


We have safely arrived in Washington State. We’re tired but so thankful for the many prayers and all the help that got us this far. Our hearts and prayers will be with our team in Togo in our absence. We plan on spending a couple of nights with Melissa’s parents before we leave for a vacation together with Melissa’s parents and siblings.April 14, 2017