January 17, 2013

We Are Going to Have a Baby

This is how we told the Broekhuis Family...

No, the first graders did not know why they were reading this book for me.

This is how we told the Potgeter Family...

This is the traditional "Potgeter Family Christmas Picture" we take every year.

This is me yelling the announcement when it is finally time for the "silly" picture.

This is everyone turning towards us. (Except my Dad, who already knew I was pregnant.)

This is everyone starting to freak out. (Except Dad, who is still faithfully looking at the camera.)

This is Kyle pointing to my mom and yelling "I TOLD YOU!" I also appreciate Bruce's handshake for Collin, the group hug I am receiving, and the fact that Dad has removed himself from the frame completely.

This is how I told the first graders...

Some had a little trouble getting there...

These are random... 

This is me taking full advantage on a very cold night.

This is girl's night out with a few pregos.

These are some Frequently Asked Questions we have encountered so far...

1. When are you due? (August 11.)
2. How do you feel? (2nd Trimester, please come quickly. And thank goodness for a caring husband.)
3. What will you do next year? (We plan on staying in Guatemala at least until our contract is up after the 2013-2014 school year. After that, we shall see where the Spirit leads or stays.)
4. Will you still teach next year? (No, but I may work part time in other ways at school.)
5. Where will you have the baby? (That is undecided.)
6. Will you find out what the baby is? (Kendra - no. Collin - only if it's a boy.)

These are some not so Frequently Asked Questions we have encountered so far...

From First Graders:
1. How do you know you are pregnant? (I peed on a stick. Just kidding, I did not say that. I said, "I went to the doctor.")
2. How old are you? Because if you are 75 you can't have a baby! (Have you ever heard of Abraham and Sarah?)

From Others:
7. Do you know who the father is? (Yikes.)
7. Do you plan to raise this child in the faith? (We do, God helping us.)

Grace and Peace...which I have a feeling we will need a lot of in this transition into Parenthood...

January 9, 2013

We Are Asking You for Prayer

What. A. Trip.

I could spend a lot of time here dwelling on how awful the traveling was to get there and back. However, I have decided to focus on the positives of our vacation. While in the Midwest, we really had a fabulous time. With all the traveling we did, we were able to do so much fun stuff and see many friends and family! We don't have pictures of everything...but here are a few...

Broekhuis Christmas in Wisconsin. As we all live far away from each other, it is a rare delight when all of us are in the same place. It was great fun, as we ate all of our favorite foods and played many competitive card games.

Potgeter Christmas in Michigan. A highlight of this year's Christmas was learning how to play Ticket to Ride, our family's new favorite game. My mom also set up a Christmas Bingo game for us to play, where we got to win $10 gift cards! We love gift cards.

Our second Christmas together. I think we still look pretty happy.

Collin was happy to receive his official Adrian Peterson jersey this Christmas. Faithful Vikings fan for life.

It was also a rare delight for us to watch Kayla play basketball! She was a shining star on the court as usual, and Dordt won.

I had the wonderful opportunity of going with friends Aubrie and Anna to meet our friend Kaylee, who lives in Indianapolis. We all met in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Although we had a great groupon to cover the cost of all four of our meals, we highly recommend that you NEVER go or take your family to the Tilted Kilt. Ever.

A few things we did not have pictures of, but thoroughly enjoyed, were attending my friend and two-year college roommate's wedding! It's always great when weddings turn into fun reunions. We also played in a 6-on-6 volleyball tournament. While our team skill level was on the lower end of the bracket, we still had a great time enjoying a sport that is under-appreciated in Guatemala.

Now, the reason I am choosing not to share and complain about our travels back and forth, is that today, once again, I am reminded that some things are not okay to complain about.

About a month ago now, we wrote a post called We Are Asking You For Money. In that post, we told you about a few of our friends who were in desperate need for financial help. One of those friends is a janitor at our school, whom we call Don Juan. His wife has been having stomach issues, and has not gotten better. In fact, the situation has gotten worse. A lot worse.

A few days ago, we received the following email:

"Dear IAS Teachers and Staff,

I pray to God for you and your families, for this new year full of opportunities to serve and praise our sweet savior Jesus Christ. Don Juan Alredo called me this morning to let me know that his wife is very sick. She was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. I believe in the power of prayer and this is the reason I am emailing you guys. As a part of the body of Christ we could pray for her recovery.

Thanks for taking a minute to bless and pray for Don Juan's family."

We also believe in the power of prayer. We also are asking you, as the body of Christ, to take a moment to pray for our friend's wife, and to keep both her and all her family in your prayers. Please pray for a miracle.

Grace and Peace,