|Easter egg hunt in Arkansas|
All our friends and contacts in Mongolia don't seem to apply anymore. We haven't yet immersed ourselves in our old network of church friends and activities. We are able to move into our home after July 1 and really unpack and get settled.
In the meantime, we are living as guests in various of our children's homes. The grandchildren are wonderful to be around.
|Our newest grandchild, three month old Max|
|Tally's youngest daughter, Angelina|
|Tally's middle daughter, Juliana|
We also made numerous trips to a pile of free mulch to cover all the flower and garden beds for three homes in the St. Louis area. It felt good to be engaged in physical activity and to make progress toward a concrete goal.
Darlene put in at least seven hours hemming a prom dress purchased online. It was too long for Maren and needed to be shortened. It was complicated and needed hand stitching to finish. Somehow we are busy as always but not the kind of busy we are used to.
|Aunt Tawny, Tassa, and Maren|
This young man is of Chinese descent.
We probably won't start the new blog, Musings in Missouri, until after we are back in our home. I will be putting a lot of thought about what I want to be doing with my time and what I want to write about that will be of interest to the worldwide viewers of Musings in Mongolia. At the end of our mission we had about 2,500 page views a month from all parts of the world.
We plan a life of service in one form or another and to be active in good causes. It will take some soul-searching to arrive at that point. Family History work - especially with our own lives and our ancestors is compelling. I like photography and need to learn a lot about how to do it better. It is way too early to make decisions like these right now.
We are rather enjoying our time of the sidelines of life and being available to our children's and grandchildren's needs.
This will be an enjoyable interim as we getting closer and closer to a normal schedule in the fall.
|A welcome rest stop on the way to Arkansas|
|This isn't as easy as it used to be|
|If you give a ride to one, you have to give a ride to everyone|
Easter fun - We also attended church as a family with the granddaughters enjoying braided hair.
|Each got their hair braided by Nonni|
|Back row - Nonni, Juliana, Elena, and Mariah - Front row - Aubrey, Angelina, and Annalisa|