Stop #1: North Carolina

Stop #1: North Carolina

After 24 long, long hours of travel (which could have been worse, but could have been lots better!), we finally arrived in Raleigh on Friday afternoon.  Isla only slept about 5 hours on the trip, so she was exhausted when we arrived, crashed, and slept until 6 am!  So, the time zone adjustment has actually been much smoother than I expected.  Thanks for your prayers!

We’ve had a wonderful time in North Carolina!

We’ve eaten lots of good food…

… played in the grass…

…played with the doggy… (first time Isla ever “met” a dog!)…

…worshiped with our Northwest family…

…caught up with dear friends…

… and had lots of sweet family time…

It’s gone by way too quick!  Wish we could spend a month here… but we’re off to Dallas tomorrow!  Please pray with us for safe, uneventful flights (that Isla would do much better on this leg of the journey!), and for all of our meetings and talks… that we would give a clear picture of what’s going on in Beirut, so that many more would get excited about being a part of God’s work there!

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And we’re off!

And we’re off!

We’re headed to the airport in a bit to begin our whirlwind trip to the States.  We have about 24 hours from when we leave our apartment until we arrive in North Carolina… assuming we have no delays or anything on the way.

We’d appreciate your prayers as we travel…

… for safe, uneventful flights (no turbulence!  Isla is flying as a lap baby!)

… for extra seats that we can use for Isla to stretch out and sleep.

… for our normally active, crazy baby to be very content to sit on our laps and read her books and take nice naps.

… for no trouble making our connections in Paris and Newark.

… for Isla especially as she adjusts to the time change.  (actually the continual time changes: after a few days of being 7 hours behind, we’ll jump back one more, and then after a few days, jump back another 2 hours…)

… for sweet times with our family, friends and supporting churches!

Thanks much… hope to see you soon!!!

home sweet home?

home sweet home?

we have an appointment tomorrow at 4 to sign a contract on an apartment!

it’s a cute little place – it’s a bit smaller than we were hoping to find, but it’s furnished very nicely (which also means it has a fridge, oven, etc), is only 5 minutes walk from the church/language school, and is very reasonably priced!  whoo hoo!

please pray tomorrow goes smoothly… with no surprises! :)

posted by: nicolette

the apartment that wasn’t

the apartment that wasn’t

we had a bit of a disappointing day today.  we had two appointments to go look at apartments… finally!  they were both within walking distance from the church, good-sized, and reasonably priced.  we were on our way out the door when we got a call telling us our appointments had been canceled.  it seems that after the landlords found out we were americans, the apartments became unavailable.   :(   it was a bit of a bummer… but it means the search is still on and we still need your prayers!

on a happier note, stay tuned for a HILARIOUS story from caleb about learning arabic from his taxi driver…

posted by: nicolette

getting the week started off right

getting the week started off right

in church this morning we were actually able to follow along with the worship songs… maybe by next week we’ll actually be able to sing along!  :)

a couple of prayer requests for this week:

1. we are still looking for an apartment.  we have had a couple of leads but so far nothing has panned out.  please pray that we can find an affordable place in a neighborhood within walking distance from the church where we can practice our arabic and make good connections in the community.

2. for diligence in our arabic studies.  we have class three hours each morning and then use the afternoons to study and practice.  the studying is going well.  we’d love to find more language helpers to practice with.

3. my stomach has been rebelling against most of what i eat… please pray that it would start feeling better soon!

4. and always, that our relationship with each other and with the Lord would continue to grow!

thanks so much.  we are so thankful for such a faithful prayer team like you! :)

posted by: nicolette

ready for home

ready for home

we moved out of our apartment in arizona back in june.  since then we’ve been staying with friends, family, people we’d never met…  although it was great to spend so much time with our families, three months without having our own ‘home’ is really starting to get to me.

please pray that we find a place to move into soon!

posted by: nicolette