So, first of all, Happy New Year! We hope the year is starting off well for all of you. We are in the "process" of moving which means we are in Quito house-sitting for another missionary family who are in the states, but our stuff is all still in Shell (growing mold I'm sure) while we wait for the house we are moving into to be ready. God willing (and no, we don't use that term lightly) we will be in the house by the beginning of February. The house will be much further from Bella's school, but much closer to the main clinic Joe will be working out.
So, here are a few pictures from Bella's first day at a "real" school as she calls it. She is attending Alliance Academy here in Quito which began as a missionary school, but is now about 60% Ecuadorian. There are about 40 4th graders and she is loving it. Sebastiao is still being homeschooled, but there is a large homeschooling group up here that we are getting together with next week.
Please pray for our family as we settle into a very different place and culture. After 5 1/2 years at the edge of the jungle, life in the mountains has been a challenge. Pray for Joe as he starts work tomorrow and as he travels back and forth to Shell and flies to jungle communities once every month.