We got mail!

3 Feb

Good news! The official “Apostilled” copy of our marriage certificate sent all the way from Iowa arrived under our door Saturday, after “only” 15 days in transit. We are very thankful as this allows us to move forward with the next round of translating, notarizing, and otherwise making visa applications for Vicki and the kids. We are also excited about this because it’s the first mail that has been delivered to our door vs. the PO box. Packages must still go to the PO box, but it’s nice to know we have this vastly more convenient option for letters and cards. The small packages my mom sent before Christmas have still not arrived in our PO box.

In other news, the kids are finishing up their last week of math tutoring (all in Spanish!) in preparation for the school year that starts in March. Vicki, Daniel, and I are still plugging away 3-4 hours / day at language school. I’m starting to feel like I’m getting the hang of it, although I still don’t understand half the people I meet, especially not on the phone. For example, tonight I wanted to call the neighborhood security service to report a suspicious car parked on the street, but realized I probably wouldn’t be able to give the right information. I tried to take a picture, but it was gone by the time I finished my late supper and got the camera out.

Tonight I met with friends David J and Alfredo about our upcoming summer programming courses. Of the six students we thought we would have for the intensive summer course starting today, only two showed up. This was pretty disappointing. We think that scheduling was part of the problem so we are looking to change the format to smaller courses that meet three nights a week.

The last couple weeks have been pretty hard. We really want the kids to have some kind of a break from classes before starting Peruvian school in March, but that event makes language study all the more critical. We all miss our friends and family, familiar restaurants (hello Shane’s Rib Shack), and the ease with which we could travel in the States. But things are moving along and the Lord is faithful.

4 Responses to “We got mail!”

  1. Sheila Lee February 4, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    We miss all of you Chandlers too!! We continue to pray for you in K-group. So what is your home mailing address??? :-)…Sheila

  2. Judy Chandler February 4, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    That’s my exact reply, Sheila! “We miss you, too, and maybe I need a new mailing address!” Vicki’s birthday cards haven’t arrived, either.

  3. Debra Mucci February 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    There’s a woman in our church, Nancy Goddard, that can FedEx packages at 75% off and she’s willing to do so. And, David, I’ve heard language professors frequently say that telephone conversations are the most difficult because of all the physical cues you don’t have. May the Lord grant you grace to persevere with joy and expectation.

  4. michael CHANDLER February 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Keep plugging on the language. It’s likely the more you use it, the more it sticks with you. The Latinos up here seem to speak so fast. I would ask them to slow down.

    Our friend Alfredo Manon at RBCL will be visiting Lima in maybe Feb or March. He also wants to go to Arequipa to visit you. We have some small stuff for him to carry. Can he bring you anything else?

    Hopefully our mail will get to you soon. In future, should we send envelope mail to your apartment address?

    Love, Dad

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