Three more months, and 2016 will be history. It’s funny how days seem long, yet the months and years just fly. At the close of each day, I fall into bed so very exhausted. But, the Lord! He’s so faithful and constant and near. As difficult and full as each day is, I’m thankful for His presence and strength. You can pray that our family would keep our eyes solely on our Jesus as we make our way through each day.
Enjoy some pictures of this past month in the DR!
This section of the school building has reached 3 stories! Scaffolding gone – looks pretty impressive!
More footers and subwalls for new classrooms. God’s provision!
Scott continues with music class!
Noah loves that his dad gets to spend a little part of the day with him. Enjoying class with Sebastian.
Leyton and Cristofer are buddies!
Our Accelerate! program continues – Desiree helping her students read through Spanish syllables.
Two shipping containers arrived with more tools and supplies to continue the ministry!
Airport run! We decided to take the back route through the bateyes. When we were unsure of where to turn, we just asked people along the way if we were headed in the right direction! Who needs maps?!
This little one-year-old is developing quite the personality.
During our down week, we were able to work on some house projects. Thanks to Gabe for helping make loft beds for the boys!
Leyton continues growing. Trying to take advantage of Tuesday and Thursday mornings with this big man.
Someone forgot to close the bathroom door one afternoon. We heard splashing and found Caleigh enjoying a new place to play! Bathtime ensued (immediately after the picture). Always an adventure…
Tick-tock! Time marches on – our babies are growing, our ministry is changing, our students are maturing. There’s nothing we can do but take advantage of each moment. Here are some pictures of life in the DR from the last two months!
Digging out the footers for new schoolrooms
Such hard work!
Heather talking with Estaylin after a trip to the office. He recently chose to accept Christ! This little boy’s life is changing!
Smiles from Meroli as she enjoys spending time with short-term team members
Some of our littles took some time to get accustomed to school. Cuddles with Elle!
Summer teams built the walls of these two new classrooms
Noah working at his technology center in 1st grade
Noah says Jose Miguel is his best friend at school
July was Caleigh’s 10 month
One of the MK’s favorite pastimes is toad-hunting
It’s neat to see Mery as she grows as a teacher. We co-taught our first years in kindergarten.
This little girl loves getting into everything
My little laundry helper
Our newest good behavior incentive – a book giveaway!
We’re loving Anna Luisa’s smile as she picks her book to take home
Caleigh loves to play peek-a-boo
Noah leading his class in the Spanish alphabet
Sebastian and Noah
August was Caleigh’s 11th month
First-third graders are beginning music class with Mr. Scott
Carla is learning about musical instruments and their families – she made her own “maraca” out of paper plates and rice!
Fernancia and her classmates continue learning and growing!
Wow! Life. So full! Two months of pictures. Praising the Lord for all He has done!
Mother’s Day Celebration in May!
Students and mothers worked on a craft together
Caleigh completed month 8!
Noah graduated from Kindergarten!
Yeifrey and Caleigh at graduation
Our last Parent-Teacher conference of the ’15-’16 school year.
Abby and Yuleisy talking with families about student behavior and achievement
Two of our students from Batey Campiña
We moved! The MK’s did a ton of work helping us get out to Freedom’s campus.
The road to campus was upgraded! No more potholes or standing water!
Furlough has changed to May! Headed back to the States!
Scott shared at an interest meeting for a future DR trip
The boys enjoyed the Columbus Zoo with Grammy and Grandpa
Ripley’s Aquarium with Memaw
Our amazing interns joined us soon after we returned to the DR!
A shower house was built to the side of the apartment building
Leyton and Noah on their first day of the ’16-’17 school year!
We’ve enjoyed life with several short-term teams so far. Six weeks left in the summer!
Caleigh passed the 9-month mark in June!
A few pictures from our month of March!
A Christian school here in San Pedro came out for a community service project – they did a fantastic job working with our students!
March was Caleigh’s 6th month
The apartments are tiled!
Our sweet Yuleisy is moving soon!
Freshening up her new place with some paint!
Rachel and Yuleisy
This little man isn’t so little anymore – Yeifrey is almost finished with 2nd grade!
Missionary bonfire on Freedom’s campus!
The girls hanging out in Caleigh’s new room one afternoon while Daddy did some work
Beautiful sugarcane fields
Caleigh visited Yuleisy’s family in Lima. Basilio calls Caleigh his “Americanita”
Caleigh and Wilmin
Hanging out with Yuleisy’s parents
It’s ash season! The sugarcane factories are making sugar – and they’re making my floors dirty too!
Easter Sunday breakfast on the land with the team
Happy Easter from the Mitchener family!
Time is flying! A few pictures from our busy February.
We had a sweet time with Scott’s brother Ryan and his wife Erin for a week!
Third quarter parent-teacher conferences went well!
Miss Emma with her kindergarten kids in Village Lima
A group of 5 visited and worked with us mid-February
A neighbor’s brush fire got out of control and ran rampant on Freedom property! Students moved classrooms as a safety precaution, but no one was injured.
It’s always a pleasure to share life each year with this group from North Carolina
Independence Day in the Dominican
Students marched through the streets of Ramon Santana
The construction crew has been working hard on classrooms and bathrooms on the second floor of the school building
Yuleisy made Leyton a special birthday dinner of bollo and salami
Scott continues teaching music class in 3-week blocks
Our apartment is getting closer! We now have tiled floors and a porch railing!
Sillies with Noah
Leyton couldn’t be left out!
February was Caleigh’s 5th month