Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sort of an update - Sort of not

We are still waiting for test results on Brad. It seems as if the doctors in Lima are being very thorough. Which is good. They will meet with a neurologist on Thursday or Friday and will hopefully figure out what is going on. In the meantime, they are still staying with the pastor/D.S. in Lima, longing to return to some kind of normalcy.

I arrived home from my business trip about 12:30 Sunday morning. What a whirlwind trip it was. About 13 of us from the university I work at left early Thursday morning by van. We travel to Spokane, Seattle and Portland to do pre-registrations with new freshmen who are coming in the fall. It's all part of being competitive and pro-active in getting students. Universities compete at a fierce level for their students and in today's economy it is getting even fiercer. On this trip we travel, unload, set-up, meet with students and their parents, tear down, reload, and travel again. We do this at every stop and it is completely exhausting.

I have heard that if you are an extrovert, you re-energize by being around people. If you are an introvert you re-energize by being alone. Guess what I am?

Definitely an introvert. Married to an extrovert. Isn't that how it always is? I think we actually balance each other out quite nicely. But being with 13 people 24 hours a day was a stretch for me.

On the road we passed a sign that said we were at the 45th parallel line. We were exactly half way between the equator and the North Pole. It occurred to me that I am closer to the North Pole than I am my grandson. Ouch.

I think summer has finally arrived in our neck of the woods. We have had such cool weather and an incredible amount of rain for this desert land. This week though, it should be up in the 90's. Yes! That's what I'm talkin' about!

Not too much else going on. Just waiting for an update from South America. No news is good news I think. As much as I would love to have my family come back home, I don't want it to be this way. I know they are getting very busy down there as the first major event they are planning will happen in July - so they need to get life back on track and I know there is nothing they want more at this point. So my prayer is that they find a reason that caused this stroke and that it will be something easy to remedy. And then they can get on with their assignments.

That will be so good.

In the meantime I have found a few pictures on the blogs of some of the Extremies (fellow missionaries) that portray my little family. Finding a picture of them is like putting on an old coat and finding $100 in the pocket. It gives me such a thrill. These pictures are from their jungle trip. I can't believe my kids are floating down the Amazon. Weird. Look at my little man in this picture - I can't believe how grown up he looks! This grandmother would feel a smidge better if those life jackets were not just hanging on a hook - but being used - sorry - I just had to say it.

This is what they were looking at. It's so hard to believe that people really live like this.

They could bring this little guy home with them if they wanted to! He's so cute!

This next picture isn't for the faint of heart!

I warned you! One of Extreme's big events this summer is a huge outreach they are holding for the community. Peru's most favorite delicacy is Cuy - or guniea pig. No kidding. So they are planning on having a 10,000 guniea pig feast at this event and will make it into the Guniess Book of World Records if they do. I guess when in Rome....

Well, that's it for now. I hope I didn't spoil your lunch!


Kathy S. said...

Wow Robin, your life is one large adventure! I am loving that monkey, I'd want to take it home too! I said a prayer for Brad.


Dawn said...

I am an extrovert, but not so sure I'd like to tearing down and setting up part. Sounds grueling. I would probably enjoy meeting with the incoming students, though.

Yikes - that picture was gross! I think I'll pass on that delicacy.

Love the shot of them cruising down the Amazon. We saw those floating villages in the Extreme presentation trailer. Amazing.

I trust that your next post will have really positive good news on Brad's condition.

Re your comment - I have to say that the littles aren't much into sitting still and listening to books at this point in their lives. Unfortunately. But they love going to the library and doing all the action stuff that goes on! It is such fun to watch - and you're right, they're still really eensy bitsy little things and seeing them walk is a real hoot. I knew it would be.

I keep hoping we'll make it out there this summer!

Barb said...

Oh my word, that little monkey is adorable. And I love the picture of the three of them, although I agree about the life jackets. :-)

But that last photo? Blech. There's no way - no way I'd eat that. It even looks wrong.

Brad will stay in my prayers until we know he's out of the woods.

Jackie said...

Thanks for posting these pics, at least the ones of "our" kids! We visited the Extreme bus at the convention exhibit hall and met the couple who are Brad and Michelle's neighbors in the apartment below them. It felt so good to meet them and to know they love our loved ones. We too are waiting and praying for good news.

Dawn said...

Sure am wondering what's going on. Two young folks from our church are leaving in 16 days for 35 days in Arequippa and thereabouts. Sure hope they're back in action by then!