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We're Here!

We're in the States, folks! We had a few crazy experiences in getting here. Especially hairy was the moment we were ready to check in at Buenos Aires and we realized that the customs official never stamped our passports into the country. That was a panic attack, for sure. Also another frustrating moment was when the official in Paraguay wanted to charge us a fee because I told him that a Paraguayan can also be a U.S. citizen and that we could call the US Embassy to prove it. That was a big mistake. They are NEVER wrong, of course. He told us to go out and show him all our documents and instead we just left!

So far, Timmy loves the States! He can't get over all the big construction vehicles and the tower cranes. He loves frosties and the swimming pool! He does have allergies though, which is something new. We're praying that they pass soon.

I believe we've made the transition back without much reverse culture shock (so far). Even after venturing into Target and Walmart we weren't too overwhelmed, but found some good clearance deals!

So far I can't handle air conditioning. I hate it. I think I'm the only car on I-4 that has the windows rolled down. I do like driving fast though. Something that's not done comfortably in good ol' South America.

Norb arrives tonight, so we're looking forward to being together again. He's had the camera, so we'll update pictures later in the week. We head up to South Carolina on Sunday, and we're so happy to spend time with our family in Orlando for a few days.

We're looking forward to a great summer and if it works out for us to connect with you, we'd love to see you!

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  1. Glad you made it ok! Praying your time with family and ministry partners is refreshing and encouraging!
    Blessings, Shilo

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  2. Your teaching at the MV orientation was very good. I learned a whole lot.

    I can agree with you about the air conditioning. I try to avoid it when I can.

    -Noah Bendele

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  3. Yes, it's always interesting to see what things 'bother' or strike us and the kids when we go back...glad to hear the customs issues weren't a problem al fin...

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  4. Glad you got there safely and without TOO MUCH trouble! Also neat to hear you'll be in my neck of the woods this weekend. I'm from the lowstate of SC, hubby's from the Greenville area. Hope you have a great time!

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