First, a quick update on Jill. Shortly after our last update she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia
so she has been wearing a harness for the last five weeks. We were thankful for our teammate, Courtney, (she is a pediatrician) who caught it early on. Jill has taken everything in stride and continues to get better. She is a really sweet baby and she is really soaking up all the love and attention she gets from her brothers and sisters as well as everywhere else she goes. She will stay in the harness until she is healed.
As for the rest of the family, the oldest three children will be finishing up another year of school in the next couple weeks. Betsy has done an excellent job getting everything done before we leave for the US for a few months of furlough. Also, Ellie has been attending a preschool that is located literally next door to our house. Our goal for her is to grow in her Spanish - and she certainly has!
We are excited to be going back to the US from May 21-Oct 2 for a time of furlough! It is hard to believe that our first term on the field is winding down quickly and that in six weeks we will be in the US for the first time in two and a half years. We are really looking forward to spending time with family, friends, and ministry partners. We will have more about where we will be and when as the time nears.