11.10.2019

They're Back!!


Moses returned last night after bedtime. Ruby got home (an hour later than we thought because of luggage mishaps... and no one told us!) this afternoon. We didn't do our usual Sunday afternoon thing, but just listened to them and looked at everything they'd gotten from the other school and their host families.

So this will be a lazy picture-label email, but first I'll answer some questions some people have had.

Ruby and Moses went with class mates and other students in their grade to Greece or Poland as part of a school exchange program. Each grade has a different project or theme and country destination, but the goals largely seem to be to practice English with each other (the common language of Europe) and learn about each other's cultures and countries.

Ruby's group in Greece had kids from Portugal, Greece, Lithuania and Germany. Moses's group had kids from Portugal, Poland, Italy, Lithuania, and maybe also Greece. And I guess American... they're both American :).

Ruby and Moses traveled with their class, stayed with a host family (both of which kicked a child out of their room or their entire apartment--to grandma's--to accommodate them), but spent almost all their time in school led activities that showcased the area and the culture and the project.

We did not pay anything except the 10€ to have the permissions filled out and notarized by a lawyer.


This is Ruby on a double-decker in Athens... Woo was curious to see that she'd only taken 15 pictures. On second look she'd taken over 200, but deleted almost all of them. She'd spent some time on her selfie skills. I salvaged the not too bad ones.


Herbie was very excited to have Moses back. Herbie was awesome while they were gone, with not one incidence of jealousy or feeling sorry for himself. He held down the fort here as a diligent son and an affectionate older brother.


Penelope, Linus and Archie made a traditional bread eaten on November 1 in their classes. (Pão por Deus) They all mentioned that it had sweet potato in it, so that must've been important.

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Later in the week, Linus's class had an autumn fruit tasting party.

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Herbie went to the temple with us alone. Woo stayed in the baptistery to do baptisms with him, which Herbie loved.


Woo said, "Everyone look fat!" And I guess I'm the only one who did.


Dropping the younger kids off into their schoolyard cage.


Herbie taught adult Sunday School for the first time. It was a good first effort.


My new apron from Greece.


Ruby with a few of her new things. (The bottom of the mug says 24k gold!! And the back of the picture says "handmade in Greece"... aka hand-assembled by Ruby in Greece as part of an hosting activity.)


Vacuum packed greek olives...


Doesn't Ruby's host-mom look familiar? Ruby also said she saw someone who looked just like Kurt.

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Moses and his stash.


His fuzzy stockings that "everyone in Poland sleeps with."


His certificate for successfully completing his exchange to Poland. (We're so very proud.)


Moses packs like us--lightest bags there! But I think Ruby's was even lighter... she took fewer warm clothes.

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Guess which glass is Moses's?

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Moses's host family.

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Moses brought Karol, his host friend, a Portuguese soccer jersey, which was apparently a big hit. They gave Moses a Slovakian soccer t-shirt later in return.

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Moses being brilliant and confident with his English speaking skills.

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A salt mine (that stretches clear from Krakov to Warsaw?)

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And that's pretty much it. Both of them loved it and their teachers said they were great. They both had opportunities to share the gospel with their classmates, teachers, host families and kids from the other countries.

We are very happy to have them home. Hope your week was great!