Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Way Up in the Sky, Part II

And we're on to Day 2 of our trip back to The Mitten for six months. 

Again, today should be straightforward enough, a direct flight from Orlando to Grand Rapids.  We don't take off until about 5:30 pm EST.

Pray with us!
  • For patient and cooperative kids who are on Day 2 of an international move
  • For endurance for their parents
  • For no weather or other delays
  • For all our luggage to travel with us
  • For a good adjustment being around all English speakers (you would be surprised how often I find myself talking to strangers in public in Spanish!)
  • For a smooth transition to the Great White North


Monday, December 15, 2014

Way Up in the Sky, Part I

So.  Today we take off into the wild blue yonder.  It should be straight forward enough, a direct flight from San José to Orlando. 

Pray with us!
  • For patient, co operative kids
  • For ease checking in and getting through security
  • For ease at customs and immigration in Orlando
  • For all of our luggage to arrive with us 
  • For a restful time at our hotel and time with dear friends who are going out of their way to bring us pizza at the hotel.
  • For a good nights sleep!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

This and That...Again

Sooooo, we are now just 8 days from leaving!  What the what?  So let me splain.  No there is too much.  Let me sum up" to quote Inigo Montoya, which if you have only seen the movie and not read the book you are totally missing out.  Which makes me think I should look to see if it's on Kindle, because it's just the kind of thing  that would make for good airport reading.  And now you see how my mind has been over the last few weeks...full of insane details!! Let me show you

  • Thanksgiving week I got to help in Forrest's class for their Thanksgiving lunch.  I brought in some fall leaves that my mom and our friends brought us because most of the kids have never seen fall leaves.  Such fun!
  • The Weekend after Thanksgiving, Noah preached at both services, and we coordinated another picnic/babyshower for 4 babies!  Noah did a great job preaching and the picnic was a blast!
  • The little boys and I helped decorate church for Christmas, it's soooo pretty!  Just simple white lights as a canopy over the congregation.
  • I finally finished up the table clothes for church that have been staring at me for way too long.
  • We recovered 12 folding chairs with old coffee bags for church
  • Elliot lost his first tooth without realizing it!  Funny kid!

  • I have been organizing and rearranging things so the family that is going to rent our house while we are gone will have room (and did I mention how thrilled we are that God provided someone to stay here?!  Yes, we're thrilled!)
  • Noah showed his car to about 8 people and yesterday finally sold it!!
  • We bought a van in the US, so we have wheels when we get there.
  • Started the process of washing and packing all our clothes
  • We've been able to have sweet time with different friends to say goodbyes.  Just today Forrest's best friend came over along with his sister, mom and grandma for cafecito and play time.  So nice to have time built in to spend with people.
  • Finished up all the Christmas presents we needed to make and they are either given or packed.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving: A Peace Offering

I've done some studying on peace this year and one of the things that caught attention was a sacrifice in the Old Testament called the Peace Offering.  Unlike what you might be thinking, it wasn't to pacify God or to buy Him off.  Nope, in fact it was an offering of thanksgiving.  It was one of the only offerings that was allowed to be sacrificed any time someone felt like it.  One might offer the sacrifice for the completion of a vow, or out of thankfulness for some gift the Lord gave them.  One might also offer it as a thank offering for the Peace that they had with God.  After the animal was sacrificed, the one offering it ate the meat in community with their friends and family.

This year, that was our Thanksgiving meal.  We very consciously offered all the preparing, planing, time and money as a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for the community He has blessed us with here and for the Peace that we have with Him. 

And what a fun day it was!!!

We had our growth group over on Saturday for a very traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a huge turkey, stuffing, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, mashed camotes, rolls, green beans, salad, pies, and ice cream! I love how this year, our tico friends brought  traditional dishes like pumpkin pie!!

There were games, zips on the zip line, jumping on the trampoline, watching the parade, eating, laughing and being together, to enjoy the Peace God has given us through Jesus.

Thankful. Very, very thankful.

"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household" -Ephesians 2:19

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Update

If you didn't see our last month's update, here's a chance to!  Just click on the video below to catch a glimps of what's going on here in Costa Rica!

Kamper update Nov 2014 from nlkamper on Vimeo.

Monday, November 17, 2014

This and That. Again.

Remember I mentioned you'd be seeing a lot more bullet point posts over the next little while?  Yeah well, I am nothing if not truthful.

So here we go!

  • We had friends come and visit!  It was so refreshing to be with them.  We got to show them crazy traffic, our little mountain town, and we did hit a few of the tourist places too.  I told them repeatedly they need to come every year!  All the kids got along wonderfully and, yeah, it was just plain refreshing!

  • One of the things our friends really wanted to see was a volcano.  The one they mentioned has been acting fussy for a while now, so you can't go to the park.  I suggested Irazú which is a pretty sure bet to be able to see.  Wouldn't you know, the night before we were going to visit it, the next volcano over erupted!  Not with hot lava and stuff, but erupted nonetheless!  For a while Irazú was closed, but by mid morning the next day it was open again, so off we went like volcano chasers!  

  • After months of praying, God brought a family to rent our house while we are gone this winter!  We're thrilled.  They have 2 boys and one on the way, so the house and yard is the perfect set up for them and they are thrilled to take care of Minga while we're away!

  • We're still praying for Noah's car here to sell.  
  • We are also still in need of a vehicle in Michgian.  Will you pray with us about that?

  • The big boys talk almost daily about how many clothes they are going to have to wear in MI.  It's cracking us up.  We also realized we are going to work with they so they can get all their snow gear on by themselves by the time they start school in January!  What a tropical world problem huh?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Another 6 Year Old

Elliot turned six on the sixth!  What a kid he is!  He's inquisitive about everything from how a toilet works, to what type of bird is flying overhead.

He is thoughtful, always wanting to share what he is enjoying with others, be that food, or a special rock he's found or a bracelet he's made.

He has a care for the poor that is amazing and he has told us a couple times now that when he is a teenager (his ultimate goal in life) he wants to go to a school where they don't know about Jesus so he can tell them about Him.  We also foresee a lot of tool boxes and safety goggles in this kid's future.

Thankful for this sweet boy and what we see God doing in his heart and life!  Feliz Birthday mae!