Fall Expressions from the Mk Meier Family

Date: November 2, 2010
Location: Quito, Ecuador

The end of another month didn’t exactly bring us fall weather, but it did give us a few days of extra relaxation.  Traditionally, Ecuador celebrates “Dia de los Difuntos” (Day of the Dead) as a federal holiday.  They also decided the day that follows this holiday, which is Cuenca Independence Day (one of the major cities in Ecuador), also deserves to be a holiday.  This year, those two days of November second and third fell on Tuesday and Wednesday.  A couple weeks before prior, the president decided that Monday should also be considered part of that holiday in order to give everyone an extra long weekend.

Fortunately, our school had already planned to take that day off.  So, we were not caught by surprise with the last minute change in holiday scheduling by the government.  I hope to take the extra time to finish up my grading (first quarter grades are due next week) and try to get some more research done on my Ph.D. dissertation while also hoping to get some additional rest now that I’m in my 18th week of pregnancy.

So, please browse our blog links to find out more details about what has been going on in the past month with the Meier Family.  Read about the following items:

1) An Election of Reflection (Ministry)– Cristina has been working with a group of students in the school’s civic club and the senior U.S. Government class to simulate a mock election that reflects the issues in this year’s election in the U.S.

2) Stephen’s Upcoming Recruitment Voyage (Ministry) – as Stephen looks for a new location to serve God in the area of school administration, he is planning on attending a conference in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of this month.

3) Experiencing Dora Live (TCK Views) – read about a birthday party that included a real, live and very Latin Dora.

4) The Nanny with the Chicken Pox (Ministry) – the past two weeks brought an added challenge to Cristina when her boys’ nanny came down with the chicken pox.

5)  Pregnancy Update (Family News)– although we still don’t know the gender of our little “tummy package,” here is a brief update on the developments this month.

6) Meier Boy Accomplishments (Family News)– read a brief update in the lives of our two toddlers

We want to let you know how much it means to us to keep in touch with so many of our family and friends.  Please feel free to send us a message, comment, note, etc.  We are on Facebook, Skype, Word Press, and e-mail.

Sincerely,

Stephen, Cristina, Jared & Luke Meier

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Mid-Feb News

Date: February 16, 2010
Location: Quito, Ecuador

February 14 – The Meier Family Poses for a Valentine’s Day Picture.

Greetings to family and friends!  I (Cristina) am doing my best to try to get another update written now that it has been nearly 1 and ½ months since the last one.  Since January, we have sailed through the end of the first semester of school and straight into the second semester without taking hardly a breath in between.  Our school calendar change made it impossible to take a break between the two semesters.  Therefore, students finished their semester exams on Friday, January 29th and returned to school the following Monday to begin the second semester on the first of February.

The second semester began with a packed schedule.  The winter sports season culminated into final tournaments for both the girls’ soccer teams and the boys’ basketball teams.  The second week of the semester ushered in our spring spiritual emphasis week.  A team of seven from the U.S. came to speak during the week of special chapels.

Currently, preparations are being made that will go into a yearly event to celebrate and honor the flag of Ecuador called “Juramento a la Bandera.”  This event will take place on Friday, February 19.  I was unable to participate in the event last year, because I was on maternity leave with little Luke, so I am looking forward to being involved this year.

This is also the time of year in which students involved in Christian Service Outreach groups plan for a special 3-4 day trip to minister to groups of people outside of the city of Quito. Two teams left Friday afternoon and several others left this past weekend.  Ecuador is now celebrating “Carnaval” vacation for Monday and Tuesday (February 15-16), and our students have until Tuesday afternoon to return and get ready to come back class on Wednesday morning.

Please visit the links on this blog to find out about the following:

*Our February Prayer Requests (Home Page)
*A Missionary Family Goes “Home” (Ministry)
*An Emergency Graduation (TCK Views)
*Electricity Woes and Updates (TCK Views)
*Baby and Big Boy Updates (Family News)
*A “Published” Principal (Ministry)
*The Struggling A.B.D. (Family News)
*Support and Financial Update (Family News)