After 7 lovely weeks with Janette’s parents we are preparing to say goodbye.  The kids are growing tearful as we enter our final days.

We cannot even say what a blessing it has been to have such a relaxing and free time to hang out and make memories together.  Dave and Joyce have been such a big help in SO many ways.  In fact, in the first days after moving to our new home here in Bujambura we were drowning in dirty laundry and Dad and Mom Thompson both spent the day hand washing, rinsing, wringing and hanging out clothes with Janette.  They were amazing!  Soon after, our washing machine was hooked up (converters, adapters, transformers…nothing is easy here) and we all celebrated.  Joyce has continued to help with the many household tasks, but also spending individual time with each grandchild and making them feel special.  Time spent playing games with Josiah, cooking with Hannah, teaching Leah Sudoku, and reading with Samuel.  David has been the chief gardener, fix-it man, accounting adviser and spreadsheet creator, and any other task that he can do – and that is not a short list!  The girls have loved learning their geography with Grandpa – specifically African and Asian Capitals, while Samuel learned how to transplant tomatoes.

   Badminton tournaments, making Christmas decorations, paper airplane flying contests, and assembling puzzles with Grandpa and Grandma has made these past few weeks of Christmas vacation go quickly.Too quickly for four little missionary kids…