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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!

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  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!

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  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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