Archives for December 2011

Pictures of our House

When we were in St. Kitts this November we found a house that was perfect for us just a few hours before we left! Recently we paid our deposit and signed the lease! We are now officially paying rent for our home in St. Kitts!!!

All of this makes us even more eager to get there. It’s so wonderful to know we have a place… our place… waiting for us as soon as we get to the country.

It’s a two bedroom/two bathroom apartment in a two story home. One family is renting the top floor and we are renting the bottom. It’s fully furnished but we are bringing a few things anyway… like our coffee maker, casserole dish, mop and other things that make life a little easier.

Our living room is a decent size and fits three chairs and a love seat! If you had seen the size of other living rooms we looked at you would understand how big this one really is. We are especially going to enjoy the big flat screen tv you see. 🙂

Our Living Room

Here is a view of our dining room with a table that fits eight chairs! This is a huge blessing because many of the places we looked at had “dining tables” that would only fit three chairs.

Our Dining Room

And here is a picture of both the living room and dining room. Notice the french doors with burglar bars? Now we can keep our doors and windows open while we are home (to catch the breeze) and not worry about people walking into our house…

Living Room and Dining Room

Our kitchen has LOTS of storage as you can see! Check out our sink… I’ll be bringing a dish pan or something to soak our dirty dishes. I’ve honestly never seen a single sink like that! And in case you are wondering about a dishwasher… nope… we don’t have one. We can do without a dishwasher but we are grateful to have a washer and dryer!

Our Kitchen

There are two bedrooms… and we will be bringing our own bedding. It will make the place feel more like “us”.

Bedroom One

Bedroom Two

We have two bathrooms but only have one picture. However, they basically look the same. One of the bathrooms also has the dryer in it. Hey, I don’t care where they put it… I am thankful to have one! There aren’t any bathtubs so Maddy will have to learn to shower. Hopefully that will go over well.

Our Bathroom

Sean will probably be working at home for the first few months and there is a desk in the hallway just for him.

Our Desk

Other great features of our house are that it’s on the Atlantic side of the island which means we get a constant breeze from the ocean to cool our house, we have our own dedicated driveway and our yard has a coconut tree, an almond tree and basil plants!

We love this house and can’t wait to move in! Plus, it will be nice not to live out of our suitcases for a while!

Lots of Traveling and Maddy’s Birthday

It feels as if six months has passed since returning from St. Kitts but it’s only been a few weeks!

The day after getting back to Montgomery our family, including Maddy, came down with a terrible stomach virus. Immediately after recouping from that we caught a cold and stayed sick the rest of our time at home. Unfortunately we couldn’t allow ourselves much downtime because we only had a few days to pack up our house, put our things in storage and leave Montgomery behind.

All three of us had a difficult time saying goodbye. Montgomery is our home and although we are incredibly sure of God’s calling on our lives, leaving still broke our hearts.

The day before Thanksgiving we drove to Texas to visit my (Mandi’s) family. We had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving! On Sunday we were able to visit a church in Spring, Texas. It’s amazing how the Lord works and makes a big world seem so small sometimes… Sean met the pastor of this church at a conference in Chicago earlier this year and we had lunch with two members who are the parents of a good friend and local pastor in Montgomery! We will be visiting this church each time we are in Texas for sure!

The next weekend we drove to Dallas (about four hours away) and had lunch with friends I hadn’t seen in years! We got to meet each other’s children for the first time and eat delicious Mexican food too. After lunch were also able to visit and stay the night with two of our supporters who moved from Montgomery in 2009. On Sunday we attended their church and Sean was able to share about our ministry in St. Kitts with a Sunday School class!

And of course, we celebrated Maddy’s 3rd birthday while we were in Texas! She had a “Princess Ballerina Party” complete with her requested chocolate ballerina cake!

Maddy's Ballerina Cake

Maddy and Sean

Maddy Opening Presents

Maddy and Mandi

Maddy Eating Cake

On her birthday we took Maddy to Build-a-Bear (or as Maddy calls it “Hold-a-Bear”) at The Galleria in Houston. She got to wear her special ballerina outfit complete with a birthday tutu! After she made her ballerina bear, she rode a kiddy train and then ate at the Rainforest Cafe. We ordered the birthday volcano cake with a sparkler and the staff sang happy birthday to her! She had so much fun… she is STILL talking about her birthday a week later!

Maddy with her Build-a-Bear

Looking at her Volcano

We left Texas and headed for Spanish Fort, Alabama where we will be until we move to St. Kitts… although we still have more traveling to do in the meantime. We will be in Missouri at CEF Headquarters December 14th – 17th for meetings and cross cultural training. On December 20th we will be back in Montgomery for Maddy’s three year old check-up and to move the last few items from our house into storage. Sean and I will also see a few people and attend the Christian Youth in Action Christmas party with the Montgomery teens. Afterwards we will be back in Spanish Fort for Christmas and hopefully will leave for St. Kitts shortly after!


Please pray for safety as we travel during the next few weeks and please continue praying for all of our support to come in. We only need about $450 dollars more in monthly support to buy our tickets!

We are looking forward to being in St. Kitts more and more everyday!