Back home

30 May

Greetings, Chandler blog readers. No, I haven’t stopped writing! I took a break while we were in the States for 2.5 weeks. There is much to share but I didn’t have much time during our visit and for security purposes did not want to tell the whole Internet that we would be away for 2+ weeks.

That's the way we roll in ArequipaWe’re almost back in Peru now, as we’re still awaiting Vicki’s return. Initially, she was the only one who was able to go to Rebekah’s graduation, so we had separate plane reservations. The kids are back in school and things are almost normal but I don’t make nearly as good a mom and it’s a lot of work!

We enjoyed getting to visit with many of you during our short week in Georgia as well as family in Kentucky and Iowa and friends in Missouri. Thank you all for your hospitality in providing meals, lodging, and even a car for our use. These things were a great blessing to us!

There were many surprises for us during our visit. When we arrived in the States, everything was so familiar that it felt like we’d only been gone a week. But for me, at least, it began to feel increasingly alien toward the end of our visit. To be sure, my body was complaining about the lack of exercise and the asthma and allergies which came back for me almost upon arrival. But also we were nomads, staying with friends and family, and away from our normal routine. I missed quite a few friends in Arequipa and the students we’ve been teaching. Going “home” isn’t the same when someone else is living in your old home.

So I’m thankful to be back home in Arequipa. My body is very happy to be back in the clear, dry air, and it’s good to be back in my own bed, sit at my own desk, etc. The kids weren’t initially as excited about being back at school, but after a day of the stomach flu, Timothy was eagerly asking, “Dad, can I go to school today?” Unfortunately, we all came down with the flu in the last couple days, so it will perhaps be a few more days before we can really enjoy being home again. But the flu should help jump start taking off the extra pounds I gained in the States. It turns out that one should not eat at all of one’s favorite restaurants in the same week!

Thanks again to all for your hospitality and prayers during our visit. It was sweet to see many old friends and a few new ones, and we’re thankful for the many ways that you shared your time and resources with us.




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