Dear Family & Friends,
Sorry for the delay in catching you up with our lives. We have had a very full Winter/Spring (well, in Costa Rica it has been one season this whole time – dry season). So, grab a coffee/tea and we’ll give you a brief run down.
After Mitch & Lauren left here in mid January we received another house guest. Our “niece” (Murray’s cousin’s daughter) came to live with us for 3 months. She had multiple roles: caregiver for our girls when we traveled, student teacher (in English) at the girls’ international school, student teacher (in Spanish) at a public school close to our house. Charmayne was a blessing wherever she went and it was a joy to have her in our home.
One of our trips this spring took us to Penang, Malaysia where many key leaders of the CMA in Canada met to talk about the future environment of our organization. It was a great time and we sensed a whole new level of commitment and unity. We are excited about the path our organization is taking and we are privileged to be a part of it.
Every winter we need at least 10 days of snow and cold – just to remind us that we are Canadians. We have our our global team meetings in March each year in Toronto. This year took us once again to a cottage, for retreat time, that was picturesque in setting (and content).
Another trip took Murray to Mexico City to have a follow up meeting with a steering committee whose desire is to see an international school started in the south central part of that city. We are excited about this project for many reasons: it will provide a place for our coworkers’ children to receive excellent education, and it opens the door to many new relationships.
Yet another trip took Murray to Lima to meet with CMA leaders from Canada, US, Latin America as well as global partners. It was our yearly CMA Americas meeting and was a great time of networking to see how we can continue to work together.
One of our weekly highlights is the house church that meets in our home on Sunday mornings. We love this group of people and have some amazing spiritual discussions. We celebrated 2 years as a “family” on Easter Sunday.
Finally, one of Mikaela’s passions is horseback riding. She has advanced quite a bit in these last few months. As parents we are nervous when there are spills and bucks and crashes – but this seems to energize Miki which just confirms that she is thriving in this environment.
Thanks for taking the time to catch up with us. We will try and update more often so that you don’t feel like you are drinking from a fire hose 🙂
Murray & Michelle