Sunday, May 23, 2010

New Home in NC

We are finally in North Carolina at the Center for Intercultural Training (CIT)! Our journey started with a broken transmission in our car, just 2 days prior to leaving. It will take more than a week to fix. As a close friend would say: "That was disappointing", but not a surprise to God. We are happy that it happened then, and not on our way to N.C. God provided a great vehicle with multiple discounts when Hertz heard the "where" and "why" of our need for renting. If you can handle the consequence of lying (see commandment #9) I (Jeff...if you know bethany, she would never consider breaking a rule) recommend that you tell everyone in the service industry that you are headed to the mission get great discounts and upgrades. It is better than saying that you are on your honeymoon. Try it at McDonald's sometime, you just might get upgraded to the large value meal for free :)

So here are some pictures from our day...

Wrestling on the beds in a hotel...the only place you can do that without your parents grumping at you.

Unpacking "our" Chevy Tahoe

Our new home:

Playing with some gifts from friends. Thanks Ralph, Jen, Mark, and Michelle

Kitchen and Jeff and Bethany's room beyond.

Spin 180 degrees to see living room, dining room, bathroom, and kids room.

Taking a break to play with Mommy.

Unpacking groceries. We will not have a car while we are here, so we tried to buy enough groceries for a family of 5 for 6 weeks. I have never bought so much food...2 carts worth. I cringed to see the amount at the register ($325)...I made Bethany swipe the card.

The boys love the bunk beds.

Beunas noches from the Bracht family. Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We are doing much better than we expected amidst all these changes.
-Jeff, Bethany, Andrew, Ella, and Noah

To our Ogletown family: We sorely missed you this morning, and hope that you had a great time of fellowship in the combined service. We wish that we could have been there.