The Shannons Update
Things have been wonderful and crazy around the Shannon house as we continue to adjust to being a family of 8. Mihiret
and Kidist continue to bond and grow healthy. Mihiret now is a chunky, almost 6 month old and Kidist continues to bloom as time goes on.
Over the past couple of months Joshua has continued to play drums at church and is enjoying 9th Grade. He now is taller than his Mom and almost as tall as his Dad. He has cared so well for Mihiret and continues to love to bake anything and everything sweet.Micah continues to bloom as a young man. He is excelling at 6th Grade and is a perfect match for Kidist. The two of them enjoy being silly together and he is a great big brother. He is taking a computer programming class in home school and is loving being able to get the computer to do what he wants it to. Both Micah and Joshua also joined the Yearbook club at the local international school.
Jerry, Micah and Joshua recently participated in the 2013 Great Ethiopian Run, the largest footrace in Africa. With 37,000 people running (and walking) together it was an incredible event. It is like one giant party that stretches for 10 kilometers.
Caia continues to love to sing and recently got to sing for the early service at church on Sunday morning. She loves to entertain our entire household. She also has a very sweet bond with her two new sisters as well as our friend Katie who has been living with us the past 5 months. Caia, and all the rest of us, are going to miss Katie when she leaves on December 9th.
Hanna is loving being in school and also enjoys being helpful in any way possible with the two new girls. Her favorite time of the week continues to be Sunday evening when we all snuggle up together to watch a movie together. She also loves to follow her Dad around on Sunday morning greeting people. She is in full bloom and out of her shell.
One of our favorite family activities in recent months was to visit a local wild animal sanctuary where we got to “pet” cheetahs. We also took a trip to Ambo, a couple of hours west of Addis Ababa and visited Wenchi Crater lake. While there we literally had the off-road adventure of our lives. I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to top that drive and the view we had from the top.
Jerry and Christy have been keeping busy with EHE activities as the time is near for project renewal. They also have been actively engaged in helping the Derloshons to settle into their new lives here in Ethiopia. Recently we were able to have 35 people join us for Thanksgiving Dinner. It was the first Thanksgiving in Ethiopia for all of these folks, so we got to have fun being together when many people are missing family back in the U.S.
Christy has continued to homeschool 4 children this year plus care for a 2 year old and 3 week old. It has made life full. On top of this she continues to serve at Embracing Hope and loves continuing to work with the Moms and children. Christy’s cousin Michael just arrived in Addis Ababa from Colorado and we are looking forward to a week long visit while also introducing them to Embracing Hope.
Jerry has had a busy fall at IEC as the church continues to grow and gain more momentum. Along the way we hosted the Global Leadership Summit in both English and Amharic and hosted former Ethiopian Prime Minister Tamrat Layne live during the event. In November we had the privilege of having Dr. John Piper with us for a Sunday morning. Then the first Sunday in December we got to baptize 22 people. God has been moving among us in wonderful ways.
Thank you for praying for us and partnering with us.
The Derloshons Update
We’ve made it to Ethiopia! Over the past 5 weeks we’ve settled into a house in the Mekanesa area of Addis Ababa, about
a 15-minute walk into Kore and the school and daycare. Adam started language school about 3 weeks ago and Christie has started this week. The kids have resumed home schooling and as a whole we have started to hit the groove in our new normal. Food has been the largest adjustment for our family, but the kids are slowly acclimating to the new tastes (and smells).
Continued prayers for our family here on the ground and our extended family back in the states would be much appreciated as we enter into the Christmas season.