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  • For some reason I'm humming Christmas songs today.   I can't get "Joy To the World" out of my head!
  • Our family is growing....the dog is about ready to have pups and the turkey chicks (if that's what you call them) are about to hatch. 
  • Had a tough-love confrontation today with someone who's not "walking the talk."  Please pray for L.
  • Help me feed my addiction to books win a Kindle by entering this blog contest for missionaries.  All you have to do is write the link to one of your favorite "Passion for Paraguay" posts. 
  • We are moving forward on our construction slowly but slowly.  Can finishing a 4.5' x 8' bathroom really be THAT expensive?
  • Timmy is pounding something with a hammer right now.  The kid is destined for construction work.  This is a many-times-daily experience in our home.
  • Sad to say there is no news on our adoption.  We continue to pray for patience and for our little one.
  • Killed 2 poisonous snakes in the yard.  The third one got away.  Praying that he left the neighborhood.
  • Can't wait to share about something new we're working on.....Right now it's TOP SECRET.
Hope you have a great weekend and thanks as always for your love, encouragement and prayers.  We appreciate you "tracking" with us!


  1. Sounds like y'all are keeping busy! Praying for Baby Kurrle and for the traveling y'all are doing right now. I just put in an entry for you to grab up that Kindle. :) Suerte!

  2. Ahhhh!!! Having to kill poisonous snakes in my yard would drive me out of a country fast unless God did a serious miracle of healing my phobia!! Even non-poisonous snakes would be a big challenge! I guess there are advantages to living in a big city! How do you kill them?


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