Do you know what the BEST thing we get here is, besides visitors?
Full of fun goodness.
And baby goodies.
Many thanks to Littleton Baptist for the gifts.
Several years ago in February of 2006 we moved with our ONE baby girl (wow, I can’t even remember what one felt like) to Kalamazoo, Michigan to work with Bethel Baptist Church.
While we were there we met these two great kids, Julia and Isaac. They weren’t even in our junior high youth group yet but they would be moving up to it soon.
Awww. Aren’t they so little!
As they entered youth group we got to spend the next 6 years with them!
They grew bigger…especially Isaac! Good grief did he get tall! Sorry Julia…we won’t call you short….
Julia became our number one babysitter. Her homeschooling schedule allowed her to be our babysitter for the two days a week that I worked in the church office. She is still the favorite babysitter! (Her parents, Jim and Cindy, were also our go to Aunt and Uncle in Kalamazo! They graciously allowed us to wake them up in the early hours of the morning twice to drop off our kids as we headed to the hospital to have Kiara and then later Kamden.)
Isaac was the buddy that threw the kids around during youth events and softball games. His parents, Jeanne and Jeff, were supporters of ours through all the years at Bethel always lending a helping hand.
Now they are all grown up..sniff*sniff. Away at college and all. (here they are with Isaac’s sister Elin, who we were wanting to come too but she’s all grown up too and has to do clinicals)
And they have the opportunity to join us in Santiago, Chile for a week over Thanksgiving holidays! Our team of missionaries here in Chile are having a retreat over the holiday. It gives us a chance to relax, enjoy each others company when we would normally be missing our families, and a chance to refresh by worshiping and hearing God’s word in English our first language! During this time we have a little kids retreat going as well where they get to hear Bible lessons and do crafts and games. This year there are 17 kids at the retreat! Julia and Isaac are coming down as part of a 5 man team to work with the kids. They will be creating and teaching the Bible lessons, planning and emplementing the craft and game time. They’ll have 6 sessions over the 4 day retreat.
We’re excited that they have this opportunity to come down south…way south…and work with our missionary kids. This will give them a chance to see how missions operates in Chile, to experience the Chilean culture and food, to see how classes go at Santiago Christian Academy, to bless the missionary kids, and of course…to spend some much needed time with the Crigger Clan! You’d have to be here to get an idea for how EXCITED my kids are. (I mean they are excited enough for all caps!)
They are currently raising the funds to be able to afford the plane tickets here (after they arrive their expenses will be covered). Remember they are college students If you would like to help fund their trip checks can be sent to Bethel Baptist Church, Chile Missions Trip, 5701 Mt. Olivet Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49004.
Happy 8th Birthday Kimi
Happy 5th Birthday Kolby
Kimi returning from a field trip to Kidzania
Our cute little monkey
Catching some zzz’s after a hard week of teaching.
Doling out treats brought by Grandma from ‘home’
Family photo behind Hotel Portillo in the Andes
Making cupcakes for Kamden’s birthday with friend Kendra
Happy Birthday Kamden from Kimi
Playing checkers on the board great grandma made
Sightseeing with Grandma.
A glimpse into the future???
Class of 2025 …seriously?!
And one more because we think he’s just so darn cute
Okay so technically he was here two weeks ago but it got a little crazy in our house for a while…. so sorry…the only post that got done was the facebook one!
So here is the little story of the birth of Kallan James Crigger. Our cute little Chilean. And the story of the faithfulness of God in our lives and how He walked every step of the way with us.
***A little warning this is super long! So if you want the short version…let your wife read it and she’ll summarize for you
So with only a little under 18 months left in Chile we’ve started discussing what would be the BEST souvenir to bring home with us. I’ve picked up some artistic earrings, the girls have some neat scarves, the boys a cool jumping Spider-Man.
Or this shell fountain from the beach at San Antonio, Chile.
Or this Traditional Chilean top.
and of course a gazillion pictures.
But I think we finally came up with it! A Chilean baby…..Crigger style! That’s right, why not bring home a little boy with dual citizenship to remember our time in Chile? (So that’s not exactly the way it happened but that’s the story we’re sticking with…got it!?!)
Now if you happen to be in shock right now…because you saw with your own eyes us giving away every last piece of our baby stuff before we left…well that’s alright because we’ve had about 4 months to absorb the shock so go ahead and get started! By the time your shock catches up with us, Crigger baby #5…baby boy K….should be here sometime in June.
Bring it on!
Hey I know what you’re thinking but it’s still January so it counts!
Happy New Year!
We had a great Holiday season starting with a Thanksgiving Retreat with fellow missionaries where Kipp and the 3 older kids were able to go hiking and took this cool picture!
Then we had a few short weeks of school and ended our semester and started summer break the first week of December. Wahoo! Summer Break! We are very thankful to our Bethel Baptist Church family for giving us a Christmas gift of this great pool. It’s been a huge blessing for keeping the kids occupied during the summer days and keeping all of us cool in the hot sun.
This week marked the end of an era in our marriage.
After nine years of marriage……..
…..two years of dating…….
………a handful of college classes taken together……
……………one post-graduate class………..
Kipp finally got a better score on a test than me!
Our first written Spanish test and he beat me by several points.
Now to be fair, his Spanish does far exceed mine, but still….sigh….my one thing I could win at.
Good thing there’s another test next week!
It was short. I know but I have some studying to go do…….
I want to write more posts. In fact my original goal was at least one a week. I like writing. It’s a sense of accomplishment that I don’t get in my normal day. (Mostly because once I hit publish it’s done….no two or four year olds come screaming through and demolish it….unlike the cleaning, and the laundry, and the dirty dishes…..seriously do we have to eat three times a day…on a plate…with silverware?????)
But it’s harder than I thought to get an idea for a post. Life is very ordinary…or as our 4 year old Kolby would say “normal”. We get up around 8, get ready for school, send Kipp and the girls out the door (to walk down the stairs to school….so maybe that part is NOT so ordinary), and then the boys and I spend the day cleaning, playing, cleaning, laundry, cleaning, playing. You know it’s a lot like what we did in the States….probably a lot like what you do each day.
Life is busy but a different kind of busy than before. Being busy at our church ministry meant one of us being gone most nights of the week….basketball Bible study, youth group/event, community group, Ladies Bible study, occasional music practice, meetings, ect. Our ministry here is much slower paced. We’re home every night together but preparing for science and Bible lessons takes up a lot of Kipp’s time. And then there is just music practice on Sundays right before church. Plus Spanish lessons on Mondays after school. It almost makes us feel like we had more of a “ministry” in Michigan than we do in Chile! (Now don’t quote me as saying that missionaries don’t work as hard…..because all of the career missionaries here are MUCH busier than we are….our ministry is just much smaller in scope than theirs!)
But then I realize that it’s really just a different kind of ministry. We’re filling a need at the school which allows the missionary kids an easier education that’s in line with the school’s in the United States….which makes traveling back and forth easier….gives their parents more time to focus on their ministries. And we’re really in training ourselves for ministry. The Spanish we’re struggling to learn and master is what we want to use in ministry back in the States when we return.
So if any future posts seem very normal and ordinary….well that’s because our life is very ordinary
In fact if your life seems very ordinary maybe you could do what we are doing! The school is looking for several missionaries to come teach next year……
Ok so I have been horrible about writing updates!
It’s not like I have anything else to do that would be taking up my time…….
So for today those dishes can wait (I’ve already washed them at least twice today anyway) and that laundry will probably fold itself if I just stick it over in the corner for a day or so……
Here’s what we’ve been up to for the last few weeks.