Monday, May 11, 2015

Exciting news!

Family and friends,

If you haven't heard, Daniel got accepted as a transfer student into the University of Maryland, starting Fall 2015! His plan is to go for Aerospace Engineering, but he can't get accepted into that program for another year or so until he finishes some of the general classes. Daniel is looking forward to being back in a college community and having the resources (aka...reliable internet) to use to complete his courses. UMD (University of Maryland) is located in College Park, which is about 30 minutes outside of Washington D.C. We are both getting excited about this change and moving. However, there is still a lot that needs to fall into place for us to get transitioned back into living in the states again. I am thrilled to be back on American soil again, but I am also overwhelmed about adjusting back to the states after I am finally feeling settled in Haiti.

I will be home in Michigan for a few weeks in June starting on the 11th. I would love to see as many people as possible during this time! During the end of June, I am planning on driving our car to Maryland with most of our belongings and looking for a place for us to live, we are hoping to buy a house or condo if the price is right :). Then I am hoping to leave our car in a storage unit and fly back to Haiti the beginning of July. Then the 18th of July we will be flying to the Outer Banks to spend vacation with my family for a week! After that, we will be going up to Maryland for us to hopefully confirm on our place of living and Daniel's orientation and getting to know the city of College Park. Daniel will be heading back to Haiti to work until the last week of August, and I am still not sure if I will be staying in Maryland at that point or going back to Haiti with Daniel. It is a summer full of traveling and I like to save money, so we will wait and see.

As I am getting closer to the end of our time in Haiti, I think back to last May when I was preparing myself to move to Haiti and starting my volunteer position with Mission Aviation Fellowship. This past year has been a learning experience like none other, not only learning how to live in Haiti (driving, grocery shopping, cooking, unreliable internet, running on roads filled with rocks and branches, fixing the car, etc...) but also living in Haiti as a newly married couple. It has been an experience that I wouldn't change. There have been some very difficult times of pain and missing our lives back in the states, but what we have learned during this time has taught us the lessons we need to use in our future. We will miss the meaningful friendships we have made here and hope we can return again.

-Getting an answer about Daniel's acceptance into UMD!!!
-Being able to travel home in June for a few weeks to see family and friends.
-Staying healthy and safe
-The wonderful friendships we made in Haiti that make it so much easier to live here.

-Daniel is currently taking another online class (Chemistry), prayers that he can have the time management to complete that and safety as he continues working on airplanes.
-I am currently taking an online Anatomy & Physiology class that will end in a couple weeks.
-Adjusting back to the states, packing (one of the most stressful things for me), moving, finding the right place to live.
-Our travels driving in Haiti and also flying around this summer.
-Health and safety, as it is getting hotter there are more mosquitoes out, which means a larger chance of getting bit by one that has a disease.
Thank you for your prayers and support. It means so much to us to know that we have prayer warriors out there for us. God knows what we need, and when we need it. We are trusting Him in His time, and whatever happens is just part of the adventure. May God bless you and your families in whatever you may be going through. Life is full of daily struggles and pain and I pray that you may feel God wrapping His arms around you and you can feel the comfort of how much He loves us.

God Bless,
Amy & Daniel

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