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Our (Early) Christmas Gift

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Dear Friends, Thank you so much for your prayers! Our little Christmas present is here. ๐Ÿ™‚ We couldn’t be happier. To God be the glory for this new life. Name: Joshua Brendan James Date of birth: November 25, 2017 Weight: 7 lbs Length: 21″ Hair color: Brown Eye color: Dark blue Please keep him and us in your prayers. We …

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So Much to Be Thankful for

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Dear Friends, One of my favorite holidays, or actually possibly my favorite holiday, is Thanksgiving. I never did it the “right way” (watching football and eating a lot of turkey), when we celebrated it, it was always about family & friends and just counting our blessings. While we should often thank God for all the wonderful people in our lives, …

Settling in

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Hi there, Chris Chris got his Hungarian insurance card this past month, was able therefore to make an appointment with a specialist, and already has medicine! Please pray the medicine works well, and he won’t be so sleepy. He is still busy with BI stuff, but he is reminded over and over again of the wonderful opportunity he has. This …

Busy Life with Lots of Blessings

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Dear Friends, We had a very, very busy month. Amy started 1st grade, Haley started pre-school, and Chris had many responsibilities at the BI. So far I didn’t forget to drop off the kids at their schools or to pick them up in time, so I count that as a victory. ๐Ÿ™‚ Amy likes school, she has 2 good friends …

Last Week of Camp

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Hi there, Last month, Amy and Haley spent 5 days at Lake Balaton with my parents. They had a lot of fun and did very well. I am so glad they got to go. Haley wants to go back to “Balaton” ever since. While I missed the kids terribly, it was nice to be with Chris alone for those days. …

We Have Arrived!

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Hi there, We are at Word of Life Hungary! We arrived last Tuesday, our flights were on time, everything went really well. We had an amazing trip, thank you for praying! The kids slept less than 2 and a half hours in 31 hours, and as you may imagine, we slept even less, but to our surprise we were able …

Big Blessings

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Dear friends, We have a Kindergarten graduate! Our big girl had a wonderful year at school and we are very proud of her. She is ready to be in first grade, she says, but I am glad I have her home for the summer. ๐Ÿ™‚ She had the opportunity to go to a wonderful camp, called Camp Navigate last week. …

Someone Is About to Graduate from Kindergarten

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Dear friends, Can you believe it’s May again? Here is a quick update on us: Amy has her Kindergarten graduation this month. She cannot wait to be a first grader in Hungary. We are so excited for her! She will have a busy summer moving to Hungary, learning how to talk fluently in Hungarian, (hopefully) making new friends, and getting …

Spring Break

Hi there, Amy enjoyed her last long break before school ends on June 1. She was able to meet a dear friend of hers whom she hasn’t seen for a long time during spring break. ๐Ÿ™‚ Amy is excited that they only have 2 more months of school. She is ready for first grade, and for the summer break. ๐Ÿ™‚ …

Getting Ready to Leave

Dear friends, 110 days and we leave for Hungary! We are really excited that we will be able to serve with Word of Life in just a few months, see family and friends, but we are also very sad to leave the wonderful people we got to know here. Our church became our family and we will miss them dearly. …

Someone Turned 6!

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Hi there, In the biggest bubble. ๐Ÿ™‚ Right when the bubble popped. ๐Ÿ™‚ Haley drew a face. Chris’ doctors are trying to figure out what to do with his medicines so they work. Right now the narcolepsy medicine is not working as it should, so he is tired most of the day. He’s tried several combinations of different medicines, but …

New Year’s Resolution

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Hi there, Chris, the kids, and I were looking forward to this year, as we hope and believe this year will be “a year of reunions” (as my dad would say). It’s hard to believe that in less than 6 months we will be moving back to the country we met in, we got married in, and where our first …

Trusting God

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Hi there, Let me start with one of the most recent news. My dear friend, Fรกni, gave birth to her second child a few days ago. Unfortunately we couldn’t be there this time either, but we rejoice with her and praise God with her for this new life and blessing. Lord willing, we will see him in 7 months (we …

We Are Getting Old

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Dear friend, We had our very first Parent-Teacher Conference last month. Amy’s teacher seems to like her and based on her report card, she is doing very well at school. We weren’t sure how well Amy will behave in school (quietly sitting still is not her talent), but according to the teacher she has no issues with her. Amy’s favorite …

Fun-filled Month

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Hi there, It’s hard to believe it’s fall already! While the freezing mornings are not my favorite, I love how warm it is in the afternoons still, and how beautiful the trees are. Amy’s teacher gives the class a family project every month and this time we had to decorate a pumpkin to resemble Amy’s favorite book character, Skippyjon Jones. …

Life Is Better With Friends Around

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Hi there, We Are So Grateful for You We are so excited to be able to post our first family update on our website! We are so thankful for all of you. Thank you for reading our updates, thank you for being part of our lives, thank you for your love, support, and prayers. Everything is easier with so many …

Haley is 2 years old and Amy Started Kindergarten!

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Hi there, Haley turned 2 years old today! We are glad to have a big two year old! She started to speak in short sentences and is a very happy, goofy baby. She loves to play with baby dolls and pretend to be a mom. ๐Ÿ™‚ She likes to color, play with others, and loves to snuggle. ๐Ÿ™‚ We love …

Summer Fun

Hi there, Abigรฉl Pรกl Let me start with the most recent news! My dear friend, Hajnal, gave birth yesterday to her second daughter, Abigรฉl. She was born past her due date, but the birth itself was very fast. We are thankful to God for this new blessing in their lives. And since we are on the topic of babies, my …

Hello Summer

Dear friend, Hope you are well!   Chris has been suffering from extreme sleepiness for a while now. His doctor tried several things, but when none of those worked, he referred Chris to a specialist. The specialist said Chris either has narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia. He had a day time sleep study this week, where he had to take several …

Together for Six Years

Hi there, Lots of news this month! Mother’s Day gift from Amy Becky and David moved back! We are so glad they are back and that they could meet Haley for the first time. Since then, Becky watched the kids several times, and we had the chance to get together with them for a game night. We are looking forward …

Exciting Month for Our Big Girl

Hi there, We are so excited for the warm weather! Today a friend of ours pointed out how lucky we are to live by a park, and I can’t agree more! Especially since Haley is able to walk there, and I don’t even have to take a stroller. And I really like the playground, too. It’s a pretty little park …

Hello Spring

Hi there, on February 20th We are so excited to be able to spend our days outside again! It is crazy how warm the end of February was. We spent a lot of time at the playground this past month, and as we learned, Haley is very brave. ๐Ÿ™‚ She slides down on the biggest slide by herself. I am …

Amy Turned 5!

Dear friend, As hard as it is for us to believe, Amy turned 5 and Haley will be 18 months old tomorrow. They do grow up too fast. To be fair, we’ve been warned by many parents. ๐Ÿ™‚ One day you go home from the hospital with them, and soon enough they teach you new things. Amy knows more about …

Hello, 2016

Hi there, Chris and I are two of those boring people, who believe that while it’s great that December 31 is the last day of the year and January 1st is the first day of the new year, there is really no reason to stay up and celebrate it as if it wouldn’t come otherwise. : ) So we didn’t …

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Dear friends, Can you believe it’s December again? Our Amy will be 5 soon. She is such a smart girl. I love to watch her grow and mature. She really likes to be a princess and play tea party or be a superhero and “save the day.” Either way, she has a great amount of imagination. If the degree of …