WOW, has it really been 2months since our last post? We have been in the United States for a whirlwind tour to see friends and family and introduce our son Emmanuel. It has been a wonderful time. Emmanuel is an amazing little traveler! He slept much of the time on our international flights (36 hours from our home at Nyankunde to our home in NC) on Warren's lap! He was jet lagged for about a week, needing more sleep but that is about it. It took us longer to adjust to the time zone than our son. We spent a week in Boone acclimating to life in the US...then without any further ado we were off on a major road trip, covering 15 states in one month!
|Leaving Nyankunde in December|
|Visiting family in Tennessee|
Second stop: the arctic tundra of Wisconsin to spend the holidays with Lindsey's family! Some
|Great aunts and cousins (Lindsey's family)|
|With Aunt Laura|
Third stop: Fruitvale, Texas, for a Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) orientation. We will continue our work in DRC supported by two organizations, with Lindsey on salary with CHSC. We enjoyed getting to know other
|Orientation adult learning with CHSC|
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth stops: Providence, RI, to visit Warren's sister, brother and family. After a couple of nights on the road and
|Rochester friends: Sandy and Heather|
|The Cooper Family in Providence|
|Aunts Alice and Kathy|
Seventh stop: Hartford, CT, and Mecanicsburg, PA, to visit our friends the Dombrofskis and Reichenbachs. It is so nice to catch up with old friends.
Eighth stop: Back home again in Boone, NC! What a trip! After sleeping in 10 different homes we collapsed in our beds. Here we are
|Gifts from Karen|
Sometime during this whirlwind we managed to join a church here in Boone, Alliance Bible Fellowship. We have been so blessed by how warmly we have been received. It is inspiring to see a group of elders that see themselves as spiritual leaders of the church.
We are so thankful for this time we have had in the United States, for family and friends. It has been a delight to share Emmanuel with everyone. The Lord knew that we needed a baby with an easy-going demeanor who travels well. For all of you who opened your homes and made time for us, thank you so much.
And finally our ninth stop: Switzerland where we will spend time with Grandma and Grandpa Cooper, then back to Congo.
The Coopers (Lindsey, Warren, & Emmanuel)
|Grandpa and Grandma Nelson|