That´s what these last few weeks have seemed like. We´ve had lots of good things happen....like all the conferences we´ve been able to participate in, the move to our new house, closing in on the birth of Mercy, our 24th wedding anniversary, etc. But along with the good times have come plenty of hard times as well. In many ways I told Joe this has been the best and the worst month we´ve had since we moved to Bolivia over a year ago now. We have lots of ´yucky´ stuff going on with our house in Virginia. In addition, we need to pretty quickly answer the question of what we should do with the house there....do we sell at the bottom (?) of the market or do we try to hang on to it, rent it and ride it out for a while longer? We´ve also had lots of friends and supporters who´ve had to cut their financial support due to the economy in the States. We´ve had lots of sickness here including a virus that ran through our entire household beginning the week we were moving. I´ve had additional yuckies that go along with the end of pregnancy in an old woman. I´ve spent much of the last two weeks in bed. There are some health issues going on with family back in the States as well. Here we´ve had lots of political uncertainty (nothing new, but still disconcerting at times). I´ve had to temporarily drop out of language school and am feeling even more frustrated about my rate of learning Spanish. All of these things add up to a couple of weeks of real discouragement I suppose. I´m sure fluctuating hormones don´t help any of this. Mind you, I´m not whining just trying to be up front and share from my heart.
I guess the point of all this dumping is to ask you to keep us upheld in prayer. We are truly grateful for the love, encouragement, and support shown to us from our family and friends. You don´t know how it keeps us going during these hard times to know that you are ´on our team´ and lifting us up to the One who can in turn lift us up.
In spite of my grumblings, I truly am grateful to have been called to Cochabamba to serve our Lord in His harvest here. Thank you for allowing me to cyber-dump on you so that I can get it out and realize how truly blessed I am.