Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! (2016)

We want to wish you a 
Merry Christmas 
& Happy New Year!
Christmas Eve
It is always special to receive cards and letters this time of year, to catch up on the news and events of our friends and family from the past year, and to thank the Lord for His amazing grace and care. Each year, it seems that a different Christmas carol is special. This year, my heart is bursting with “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king! Let every heart prepare Him room. And heaven and nature sing.”

Some highlights from this past year:
·      In March, Todd began working for a company called On Semiconductor. He is on the team that maintains and repairs support equipment. He works 12-hour shifts, and every quarter he switches between the day and night shift.

The NNU Bookstore/Mailroom Team
·      In August, I took a job as the mailroom supervisor at NNU. I have a great boss and a wonderful team of students who work with me. It is a half-time position, so I still substitute teach occasionally, as well. 
1st day of school



·      Kyle and Megan are on the puppet team and volunteer in the church nursery once a month. They are both involved in the youth group and are just awesome, helpful, thoughtful teens.

 This summer they volunteered at the Boise Zoo where they were given the opportunity to develop speaking skills giving small group presentations, learn about various animals and habitats, and some basics about being good employees.

Kyle on the 4wheeler, spraying weeds, this summer
·      Kyle is now taller than the rest of us. This summer he worked a couple days a week with a local farmer from our church and learned so much. He is now taking an Ag class in high school (his sophomore year). This fall, he got his driver’s permit, so he drives every chance he can get!!

Megan, always creating
·      Megan ran track in the spring and played basketball in the fall for her school team. She is in eighth grade and enjoys working with a school leadership team called Rising Stars. Her cat, Slush, has now been with us for a year and is still very loved! Megan has done some babysitting for friends and neighbors. I still call her my "creative cookie" since she always has new ideas for things to do or create.
Kyle, Diana, Megan & MariaJose

·      We have been in Nampa for four years now. 
Cousin Jordan, now an NNU student
Although we miss family and friends who live far away, we are thankful to live so close to Todd’s parents, his oldest brother and family, various aunts, uncles and cousins. We enjoy seeing them as often as busy schedules allow. This year, we also enjoyed visits from my parents, brother & family, a college friend & family at Yellowstone, several of Todd's cousins, aunts & uncles and even our former "daughter" (exchange student) from Ecuador & her sister!

We send our love and are thankful for the part that each of you has played in our lives. May God bless you with His incredible peace during these holidays and in the coming new year.

Love,

Todd, Jennifer, Kyle and Megan Edgerton

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas 2015

December 2015
Merry Christmas! 


As this year comes to an end, we are reminded of the many blessings God has given.

Todd is still working at Skyline Aircraft Maintenance as a mechanic. He enjoys the variety of airplanes in general aviation. He is always fixing things or doing home improvement projects in his spare time. We just love having his parents, brother/family, cousin and now his aunt and uncle in town!
I enjoy substitute teaching during the school year. It offers flexibility and variety, but it also gives me something to do while Todd and the kids are gone to school/work. In July, the kids and I were able to travel out to TN to visit family/friends for a couple weeks. This year, I made some strawberry & raspberry jam from berries we picked; we grew tomatoes, peppers and a few raspberries; and we went to the orchards for fruits like peaches, apples and pears.

Megan (13) is a fantastic sweetheart. She is now in seventh grade, the middle of her middle school years. ;) She still is crafty and loves reading. This year her homework has become more challenging, and she is involved in more school and church activities. Megan especially enjoys her yearbook and math classes. She plays forward on her school’s basketball team, and plans to do track in the spring. She and Kyle are on the puppet team at church and have the same leaders that Todd had when he was a teen! 

Kyle (14) is still a great kid. He has had a great start to his high school career this year. He played soccer earlier in the fall, and is now old enough to start thinking about driving. Yikes! He and Megan are both on the honor roll. Kyle’s favorite classes are theater and science.

Slush is a new member of our family. She is a mostly loving, sometimes attacking, little kitten. ;) She is technically Megan’s cat, and Megan has done a great job of taking care of her most of the time. But all of us love her and claim her.

We know that life gets busy, but we just want you to know how much we love hearing from you!! May God bless you as we look forward to a new year and thank Him for the gift of life…..and especially for the full, rich life He gives.

Love,
The Edgertons

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas 2014


The first snow
Chilly weather came early to Nampa this year. While pumpkins still decorated our porch and leaves were still stubbornly clinging to trees, about five inches of snow descended on us unexpectedly. We are all anticipating Christmas! Our manger scenes have emerged from their boxes, and our tree has been trimmed since the beginning of November. Maybe part of our anticipation is due to the cold snap, but also my soul stirs and my heart longs for "good"....for the wrong to be made right. "Come thou long expected Jesus." 


Diana's graduation
As we conclude this year and anticipate turning the calendar page to "2015," I am so thankful for the blessings we have enjoyed during the past 12 months. For the 2013-14 school year, we had an extra daughter....Diana Flores from Ecuador...living with us. This encouraged us to get out and experience more of the community events/attractions and taught us a bit more about Ecuador. 
At the cabin with the Kahles, Diana & her mom

Her mom, Patricia, came to visit for her "graduation" in May.  This sweet, gentle little lady is fearless! Such a trooper! Besides shopping and packing like a pro, she rode the biggest rides at the water park, went white water rafting and even drove her little rental car up through the dirt, mountain roads to "the cabin".  

Aunt Jen with niece Savannah :)
My parents, brother Paul and his family, and sister Hannah with her daughter Lillianna came around the same time to cheer Paul on to victory as he participated in an Ironman half-marathon in Boise. Impressive!! 

Being together during that time was certainly a highlight for the year. Todd's Nashville brother & family visited a little later this summer. Lots of late night games and chatting were enjoyed by all!
Nashville Edgertons with us at the County Fair

Kyle and Jen watching the hot air balloons in Boise

At the beach during our trip to the OR coast over Spring Break
At OR's shortest lighthouse

Todd with Kyle & his mom
Although the special occasions are the memorable landmarks, we spend the most time in our day-to-day activities. Todd has now been working at Skyline Aircraft maintenance for over a year and a half. He also helps out with some of the technical responsibilities at church. I am substitute teaching several days a week and enjoy helping in the 1st/2nd grade girls Sunday School class a couple times a month. We all enjoy being involved in several of the missions groups and activities at church. Kyle and Megan are attending the same school this year....both in middle school! 

Kyle (13 yrs old, 8th grade) is on the puppet team at church and is involved in boy scouts and the youth group. 

 
Megan (12 yrs old, 6th grade) enjoys painting lessons and being on the kids' video team at church. We have loved living in the same town as Todd's parents and other brother. We especially cherish the time with them during family celebrations and holidays. We are so thankful for all of the friends who have influenced our lives in one way or another over the years. Whether your friends and family are near or far away during this Christmas time, we pray that you will know Immanuel….God with us…and that you will know His peace.
Love and joy,
The Edgertons

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas 2013

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”    -Matthew 11:28-30



December 2013



Well, we have officially been in our own Nampa home for a year. I realize that nearly any place on earth can feel like home, but it has been nice to settle into our new nest. This year has been characterized by so much “new” for us as a family.

Kyle and Megan attended an online charter school program from home last year. It was a great transition time to prepare them for public school this year. Megan completed her second semester at the local elementary school, and Kyle began 7th grade at the middle school this fall (both very close to our house). Outside of school, Kyle has faithfully attended Boy Scouts nearly every Tuesday night & Megan has been a part of some art, drama and even gymnastics.

We finished our time with MAF at the end of last year, and in April Todd began working as a mechanic for small planes in a shop at the local airport. He enjoys the work and the guys he works with there. I have been substitute teaching since the spring. The kids and I took the summer off and just enjoyed being together while discovering new things to do in the area and spending time with friends. Our “staycation” was season passes to the local water park where we spent many a hot day. 

When we moved back to Nampa we were looking forward to having family close. Todd’s parents, oldest brother and family and some extended family live here in town. Although it is not as often as we would like, it has been wonderful to see the cousins enjoy each other and to spend special days all together.  

Another blessing during all of our transitions has been our church family. We are so thankful for the various adults who have really taken time and interest in our kids in particular and for the clear examples of those who faithfully and selflessly serve in creative ways. Kyle is now part of the youth group! (involved in puppets and some drama). Megan is on the leadership team (5th & 6th grade) and helps out with sound/tech for kids’ church.

Diana Flores from Ecuador joined our family on August 25th of this year. J She is spending the school year with us as an exchange student. Since Todd spent six years in Quito back before we met/married it has been fun hearing about the different traditions, ways the country & city have changed since he left and now sharing our community with her.  We have already learned so much and look forward to the rest of the year.

We are so thankful for God’s amazing goodness. Thanks to all who are so good about sending annual updates about their families. It helps us feel closer even if there are miles between us. This year we are planning to spend Christmas & New Years with our TN family. Pray for us as we spend 30+ hours in the car together……each way! It should be a sleepless but wonderful time. 

Love and prayers,
The Edgertons

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wisdom

The theme of last year's MAF Haiti retreat was the book of Philippians.....packed full of inspiring tidbits which can be applied to many areas of life. This year's retreat dug a bit more into the nitty-gritty of the soul. We were poked and prodded and wriggled under the truth that was shared. This year's theme was .........WISDOM. Not unity, or standing strong, or marriage/family, or renewing our strength. Wisdom.
Dr. Lee Heyward came and spoke to us from the books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. He began with an introduction of wisdom taken from Proverbs. Wisdom is the ability to see and respond to a situation from God's perspective. A fool ignores God's standard of justice/leadership and ignores wisdom. (Prov. 14:12, 15:24) Calvin said, "We cannot know God without knowing ourselves, and we cannot know ourselves without knowing God." Wisdom pays, protects and prepares. Even a fool is considered wise when he holds his tongue. (Prov. 17:28) Instead of making declarations, ask questions. Make wisdom your life goal. Associate with wise people.
The next section was about taming the tongue. To master your mouth is to monitor maturity. If you want to control your tongue you must correct your nature. If you want to correct your nature you must change your heart. If you want to change your heart you must surrender to Christ. If you want to control your tongue, talk less. :) Think before you speak. (Prov. 16:23) This is a tricky one.... Choose truth-telling over peace-keeping. Prov. 27:6--Faithful are the words of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. Try these checkpoints before you confront someone...... Check your relationship. Check your attitude. Check your lifestyle. Also consider the timing and ask God for help. Ps. 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2012

A new year requires a new blog. :) Today is the first day of 2012. The beginning of a new year is always a time of reflection and thanks for what has been, and anticipation and hope for what is to come. Along with the traditional New Years celebrations with food and fireworks that many of us already know so well, January 1st is Haiti's Independence Day. Things typical of the holidays that we have come to expect around here are extra hours of electricity, extra time with family and friends, extra baking and visiting and celebrating. :) I love all of the traditions we are able to enjoy with friends from around the world. A couple weeks ago the ladies in my Spanish Bible study got together to make cookies and pizza. One lady from Venezuela made arepas, something I remember buying on the street when I first met Todd in Maracaibo. :) Last week we took a trip to the south of Haiti and bought some douce maccos in Petit Goave for the first time. Yesterday, two different Dutch families shared oliebollen with us. Of course, everyone in Haiti ate some soup joumou in celebration of Independence Day today, and I have had the promise from another friend that we will make Guatemalan tamales together this week. Yet, this afternoon I got a special visitor that I did not expect. Right at dusk we heard a little knock on the gate. My sweet neighbor Violet brought over a pate that she had made. Now, usually pates are about the size of a 3 x 5 card, but this one was so huge it covered an entire plate! It was delicious, but even more special than this or any of the other international treats or gifts we shared was the friendship it symbolized. God has placed so many special people in our path, and we are especially thankful for that special blessing this year.

MAF was not flying this past week, so we enjoyed extra time with Todd. On Christmas Eve we had a very meaningful family time talking about the reason we celbrate. We went to Quisqueya Chapel's candlelight service and then to Dr. Ed's for chili and fireworks. Kyle and Megan and other kids there even got to light some of the big ones. The next day we went to our church in the mountains and then shared Christmas dinner with our neighbors, the Harms. We had our MAF party and said good bye to the Krul family who will be in Canada for a few months, had a game day with our neighbors the Broersmas, took a long road trip along the southwestern part of the country and in between have enjoyed lots of time with family and friends.

This year our neighborhood has seen lots of changes. Our next-door neighbors, the Williams, who have lived here for 20 years returned to the US to work in MAF recruiting, so David and Christine Harms moved into their house. The Whites and Kings who lived across the street went on furlough, so the Schmicks and Broersmas came to stay in their homes. Although our other neighbors have not changed, we
have enjoyed getting to know them a little better along with many of the people who are regularly on our street for one reason or another. I especially love seeing and hearing the precious kids at the school down the street.

This year, Todd has continued to help maintain the MAF planes and equipment. Along with the two 207s, they have been able to use the larger Caravan plane a lot more. We have been leasing it from Samaritan's Purse for a very low price, but MAF has now purchased another and is doing the necessary modifications before SP needs theirs back this spring. Aviation and airport officials continue to change, so the long process of receiving full approval to operate a Caravan here continues to elude us. We trust that God will somehow use all of this time of waiting for the best. In his free time Todd enjoys reading, spending time with the kids and fixing things around the house.


I still teach elementary art at the kids' school and tutor in the afternoons. I took an online masters course this fall which kept me pretty busy, and enjoyed the Spanish Bible study whenever it was possible to attend. This spring I hope to help more with the school down the street and some other things that are not so regular.

Kyle has grown so much! He is nearly to my chin now. Each morning he is up early with a cheerful smile on his face. This year he is 10 years old in the 5th grade. Time flies! New kids in his class and in the neighborhood have been a wonderful blessing. He loves swimming, hiking, jumping on the neighbor's trampoline, building things, having airsoft wars, playing games or having other adventures with the neighbor boys. Tae Kwon Do was not offered after school this year, but his homework load has been heavier. He and Megan are informally tutored in Creole for an hour each week by a sweet lady who works at school. It has been fun to hear them using their words and phrases more around home.

Megan is our little sunbeam. She is always creating or arranging something in a cute way. She just turned 9 and is in 3rd grade. Her teacher, Ms. Borg, is from Australia. This year her two classmates from our neighborhood are in the US. She misses them a lot but has enjoyed getting to know some of the new girls in her class. Several of the 2nd and 3rd graders spend their recess doing cheers and gymnastics. Megan's latest trick is cartwheeling. :) She also enjoys reading, climbing anything high and dangerous, doing art projects and anything girly.

Our cat Snuggles who just turned 1 year old gave us four baby kittens the Sunday before Christmas. They now have their eyes open and are cute little furry things. She is a great mom. Pretty soon we will be looking for homes for them!!

We enjoyed visits from our family friend Susie Bagwell and Todd's cousin Lee and his family at the beginning of the summer. We drove to the Dominican Republic and then over to the Citadelle in the north of Haiti this summer. In the coming months we look forward to a visit from Todd's parents in February and then seeing many of you this summer and fall when we are back in the US on furlough. Thanks so much to everyone who continues to pray for us, encourage us and support us as we seek to honor God with our lives wherever we may be. Please pray for us to make both the easy and tough decisions depending on His grace and wisdom.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring News

Spring

We never have snow here, so we do not wait for the daffodils to peek their yellow heads up from the sleeping ground or for the dogwoods to flower as we did in Tennessee. Here until a week or two ago the roads (and our house) were SOOO dusty, but since the rains began I do not feel like I am giving the pedestrians on the dirt roads a dust bath as I pass at maybe 5 MPH. :) Last Saturday, I realized it was spring when I had the urge to work with some of my scrawny plants and plant others. May 1 was Agriculture and Work Day here in Haiti. We were ready!!!! :) Although it is always warm, it is getting warmer. We are swimming more and taking cold showers on purpose some days.

Easter comes at such a wonderful time. New life seems to be bursting forth all around us. It was especially easy to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection this year. We are so very thankful for the life and hope Christ gives. We went to the English-speaking church for Palm Sunday and especially enjoyed songs by the children and Haiti’s national amputee soccer team. A neighbor had a little party where we decorated eggs, hunted for treats and heard the Easter story For Easter Sunday we went to our little Creole church in the mountains, and in spite of being earlier than normal we had to sit separately because it was already full. I especially love to hear the singing in Creole when the church is packed, and when everyone knows the songs by heart and sings from their soul. I think God must love that too.

Kyle’s Wonderful Poem

Last week Kyle came home reciting the following poem by Shel Silverstein:

A tree house, a free house, a secret you and me house, a high up in the leafy branches cozy as can be house. A street house, a neat house, be sure to wipe your feet house, not my kind of house at all, let's go live in a tree house.

Reminds me of the HOURS we used to spend in the backyard building forts when we were kids and now the tree-climbing that Kyle and Megan do. They love to hide away “high up in the leafy branches, cozy as can be” reading a book or just spying.

Megan’s Taste Buds

Last Wednesday when we got home from school Megan asked where the beans and rice was...where the sos wouj was. I told her that I had some chicken I needed to use up and did not want them to get tired of the beans and rice every Wednesday, so I was making a mandarin chicken stir-fry dish with white rice. Normally each Wednesday when Crismen is here she makes some Haitian food. Sos wouj is our favorite (Kyle eats it but prefers sos pwa--bean sauce--most of the time.). Megs almost got teary and asked if Crismen could make sos wouj on Friday when she comes. I told her that I was planning pizza. Kyle piped up and said that I could make the pizza on Saturday, but that they would really like the sos wouj on Friday. Blew me away!!! Sos wouj with beans and rice instead of pizza???!! Really??!!!! Cool! It is fun to see the kids loving things about Haiti without me forcing it.

Timing and Growth

We continue to see God's timing and his plan to work all things together for good. MAF-Haiti is growing and changing. The Williams family who has been here for 20 years will be heading back to the States in another month, and we are hoping that two new families, the Rogers and Schandorffs, will be joining us next year. Drew and Shelley Ham from Idaho spent several days sharing about the book of Phillipians with our team at our staff retreat in the Dominican Republic last month. Shelley Turley, also from Idaho, watched the babies during our sessions and helped in the MAF-Haiti office while she was here. Gene and Jan Jones and their friend Terry are here helping with various IT projects and gathering follow-up stories about how earthquake relief funds have been spent. We continue to wait for God's perfect timing for approval from Haiti's civil aviation authority and His plan for the Caravan airplane that we are leasing from Samaritan's Purse. Although we do not know why plans have been delayed and approvals denied to this point, we are trusting that through all of our dealings with Director Pierre and those associated with this situation that God's love and grace would be evidenced, and that God will use this time to prepare us for the future.

Travels

Michael and Todd were able to change the engine on HH-FLY fairly quickly. HH-MAF and HH-LLS will have their engines changed a little later this year. I am traveling to FL at the end of May to watch my little sister Sarah graduate from dental school. :) Then, we are looking forward to visits from other friends and family this summer.

We are so blessed by those who pray for us, help with our monthly support, write to us or send little packages and encourage us in so many different ways. We are extremely blessed in so many ways and so thankful for His care for us through so many people.