Since Allen left for the U.S. on August 16, I chatted with Trish, this week. I was thrilled she fit me in because, let’s face it, I’m not nearly as adorable as the new grandbaby she’s cuddling.
It’s sort of tradition for Allen to make a trip to the states every year at around this time. That’s because, in the past, most of the visiting teams have come during the summer. By the end of August, people aren’t typically going on short-term mission trips. Allen generally returns to Honduras sometime around Thanksgiving. With Russell assuming so many of the ministry responsibilities, the timing for Allen's trip isn’t quite as crucial as it once was, but hey, it’s still a good time for Allen to travel.
As mentioned earlier, Trish is busy being Nana to Rachel’s new baby, Nathan. She’s excited to have the opportunity to help Rachel and get her fix of smelling that new baby smell. Brandy was called away to work before sweet Nathan even came home from the hospital. This week, he was given permission to go home just long enough to help Rachel maneuver through the process of checkups for herself and the baby at the hospital. It’s a military hospital, so that means lots of waiting, plus Rachel anticipated that there would be paperwork issues, since the baby's birth wasn't registered yet. Happily, the work Brandy had been called to do (investigating a recent airplane crash) was completed the day he came home, so he didn't have to leave again after that!
Trish said, “Rachel is doing well. She’s an amazing homemaker and Nathan's arrival hasn’t changed that.”
The proud Nana also said, “Nathan doesn’t like to cry! When he wants something, he fusses a bit. As soon as you pick him up, he stops fussing. Rachel knows not all babies are so easy!”
Meanwhile, Russell is holding down the fort at home. He’s still busy with Pastors’ Training School, the coffee farm, feeding centers, and the sponsorship program. Of course, he’s also busy with Trish and Allen’s other adorable grandchildren!
FYI, it’s almost time to pull back the curtains on a new ministry website. In between baby snuggles, Trish is spending time entering LOTS of information, so that the site will be ready to be used. Stay tuned - you’re going to love it!
On September 16th, Trish will be flying from Honduras to Colorado. Allen will fly from Maryland to Colorado on the same day. Then the two, wild and crazy, missionary grandparents will begin the great drive from west to east, collecting backpacks! - posted by Christi