Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Letter 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

As always, I am late writing this letter and sending cards, but better late than never! We have had a very busy year (as it always seems to be.) Jack keeps us busy, but there have been other things that have kept us busy as well!

From January through June we were still in Honduras. We had Jack’s first birthday party on March 12th with about 80 people and Mike’s mom who came to Honduras to visit. The party was great and Jack has been in love with Elmo and Cookie monster ever since!

We were able to go on a student retreat in May with 7th and 8th grade students! Jack loved being with the students and they loved on him. We were able to spend some time with our good friends the Priests during the weekend too. What a great time!

We spent June packing and unpacking. We left Honduras on June 20th and slowly moved things back into the house that we lived in before on Irving Street in Winston-Salem. Two years goes by so fast. I still can’t believe that we have returned and life will definitely never be the same! We became good friends with this family from our church. We were not able to communicate with each other very well, but we had a bond with them and their children. We loved walking to their house to visit and taking the kids to the playground at school. This picture was taken the day before we left. They were so giving to us though they had little.

We gained so many good friends while in Honduras…some are still there and others have gone other places or returned home. The friends that we have that are still there definitely need prayer. The country is so unstable right now and I am sure that is why the Lord brought us back here. We have had some of our closest friends robbed at gun point. In the most recent robbery the Kolmodin’s were robbed in their home (which was two houses down from ours.) They have prayed for those that robbed them, but the experience was certainly a frightening one. We are glad to be in the United States where it is safer than most places.

Though we are glad to be where it is safer, it has been a difficult transition to be here. I never knew how difficult it is for missionaries to go back and forth, adjusting and readjusting. I learned that life is all about what you are used to. It was an adjustment to get used to being in Honduras, but more so being in the United States again. There were things about Honduras that were difficult like…the lack of clean water, power outages, safety, and the dry season when people would burn anything and everything. Some things that were great were…the community where we lived, being able to walk and exercise outside almost anytime, windows open most of the time, being able to visit anyone almost anytime, seeing Mike at school almost anytime, and our church family at El Hatillo Baptist who were so kind to us.

Since we have returned we have been attending Twin City Baptist Church. We have enjoyed the preaching and teaching there and have learned so much in the just the small amount of time that we have been there. The church is about a 10 minute walk from our house which has allowed us to walk to it on occasion. It is a small church of about 125 and is a little bigger than the church we were attending in Honduras. Our good friends Mark and Kathy Sanger invited us there. Jack has enjoyed the nursery there and playing with the Sanger’s son nicknamed Woowoo. Jack loves saying “Woowoo!”

I have been staying home with Jack and Mike is working as an accountant. He is glad to not be teaching right now, which is much harder than sitting at a computer all day like he is doing now. He was a good teacher who cared about the kids, but didn’t enjoy the discipline part of the job. The kids we worked with in Honduras needed a great amount of discipline. I had helped coach track last year at Pinares and stayed home with Jack. I have enjoyed being home with Jack, but life in the states is so much busier and that takes so adjusting. Life was so simple in Honduras because we didn’t have very much to do. No car to take care of, no lawn to mow, less stuff to maintain and no house to do maintenance on. What did we do…socialized and played with Jack!!!

Since we have been back we have been working on getting Mike’s mom a house. She was living in our house while we were gone and she now has a house in Rural Hall that she should move into within the next few weeks. We have spend many hours working on it and Jack has enjoyed the big tree out in the front yard! We have also enjoyed some things here this fall that we didn’t get to in Honduras. We took Jack to the fair, a corn maize, a fall festival, and Christmas tree hunting. Of course, today we are enjoying the snow~which is definitely not in Honduras!!!

Jack has also enjoyed visiting his grandparents, uncles, aunt, and cousin. He loves his cousin Christopher and they have a good time together. We are glad that Jack gets to see his family in person rather than on the computer all the time. Jack has also enjoyed playing with our dog Annie.

We are blessed to have had the time that we did in Honduras and blessed to have brought back with us our biggest blessing…Jack!! We are also thankful for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. John 1:16…From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.

May God bless you with one blessing after another…

Mike, Caroline and Jack Fleischer


T. Lockhart said...

We love you and are really happy you are back! You guys are special people.

Love, Mary

PS: Doesn't Annie need a playmate? :-)

vsmith said...

We are so blessed to have you all back working with the children once again. We pray God's blessing on your precious family this coming year.