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Marching into April with Grace

It is often said that “time flies,” but it usually doesn’t seem to apply to me when I’m in the last month of my pregnancies.  The month of March seemed to last forever as Stephen and I speculated whether or not our third child would arrive before or after the month’s end.  As each week went by, it became more and more certain that our child did not want to be born in March. 

For those of you who received our birth announcement on Sunday, April 3, you will know that our baby did arrive this past Saturday on April 2.  Now that we are home from the hospital, we’d like to share the experience (and some pictures) with you.  

Grace Erin Meier

Please browse our blog to find out more about the following:
1) The Birth of Grace Erin Meier (our little GEM)
-Family News Link
2) From Texas to Thailand: Which way will the Mk Meier Family be heading for Stephen’s new job next year?
-Ministry Link
3) The March Flood of 2011 in the Meier Home
-TCK Views Link
4) Financial Challenges and other prayer requests
-Home Page Link

Thanks for taking the time to stay in touch with us.  We especially appreciate all the e-mails that were sent after the birth of our daughter.  They were very encouraging and I look forward to responding personally to each one of them soon. Feel free to e-mail us, write a note on Facebook, leave a comment on this blog, give us a call on our Vonage phone or call us up on Skype. We’d love to hear from you.

Blessings in Christ,

Cristina, Stephen, Jared, Luke and….debuing our little GEM (Grace Erin Meier)

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Fall Expressions from the Mk Meier Family

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

Recent Adventures in the Meier Family

Greetings, friends and family,

I was planning on writing another newsletter (and do some updating of this family blog) sometime “soon.”  But with the recent political unrest in the country, I decided I should speed up the process and complete the task this weekend before too many people start wondering if we disappeared among the turmoil you might have been reading about on-line.

Before I go any further, let me assure everyone that the family is doing well and barely affected about what has been going on a few miles away from our home.  We are blessed to live in a bit of a ‘cocoon’ here on the school’s campus.  We were not even close enough to the action to hear any of the rioting or smell any tires burning. 

You can visit  the links on this blog  to read more about the following items: 

*A 24 hour Upheaval in Ecuador
*A STUCO retreat for the whole family
*Jared’s sharp mind
*Luke’s melodic expressions
*Celebrating 34 Years of Life
*Stephen’s Job Hunt

Thanks for taking the time to stay in touch with us.  E-mail us, Skype us, leave us a message here, call us on our Vonage phone or simply come on over and visit (if physically possible).  We love “visiting” no matter which method of communication used. 

Sincerely,

Cristina, Stephen, Jared and Luke (and the little shrimp-t0-be a Meier)

August Update: Another Fall Approaching

It is hard to believe that the summer is already ending and that the fall season (and a new school year) are fast approaching.  I apologize for staying silent these past few months.  The end of the school year and summer busy-ness kept me away from the computer most of the time.  Please go to our blog to get caught up on the recent events and happenings in our family life and our ministry here in Quito, Ecuador.

You will find….

1) Jared’s Milestones (Family News)
It’s hard to believe that our first born is already three years old!  Find out some of the new things he has accomplished recently

2) Stories of a Fearless Luke (Family News)
Watching Luke’s personality develop has been both interesting and a little scary as he launches fearlessly into toddlerhood.

3) Two Plus One Equals Three (Family News)
Find out what will become the new equation of the Meier family

4) Changing Caregivers AGAIN (TCK Views)
After only four months of working for us, Jenny had to resign at the end of July.  However, she did introduce us to her niece, Sonia, who has been working for us for the past three weeks.

5) World Cup Fever (TCK Views)
Our experiences watching the 2010 Fifa World Cup games in Ecuador

6) Summary of our Summer Travels (TCK Views)
Some highlights of what we did during our travels to the U.S.

7) Changes for the new school year (Ministry)
Find out what is new and different about the 2010-2011 school year at AAI

Our prayer request list is also here if you wish to join us in prayer for the items that are most pressing on our hearts. 

Sincerely,

The MK Meier Family

Stephen, Cristina, Jared, Luke & “little kidney bean”

May Mentions

I know it seems that we’ve fallen off the face of the earth.  When I sent out the last Meier Wire on the 11th of March, I had no idea that it would be over two months before I would have the chance to write another Meier Wire or update our newly created blog.  I started writing this update at the end of April.  That slowly became the end of May.  And now it is already the first of June.

Playing at the park

Playing at the park

Once my maternity leave ended on March 30th, all my free time disappeared into caring for two infants, teaching three classes, grading papers and trying to keep up with the daily tasks of life. 

So, I am very glad to be able to announce that our family blog site (the MkMeier’s Blog) has been updated with the events and happenings for the past few months. 

Go to the category links to find out:
Under Ministry
*How Stephen and Cristina were able to decide to stay in Quito one more year
*Their upcoming summer trip to the U.S. (June 23-July 16)
*What keeps students busy after school on Wednesday afternoons
*Why the Meier family skipped a week of school to go to the beach
Under TCK Views
*The results of Ecuador’s recent national elections & some funny signs I’ve only seen in Ecuador
*The uncanny adventures the Meier family has had with their appliances in the past nine months
Under Family News
*What new words Jared can say and how Luke is progressing as he nears 5 months of age
*What is keeping “Mamma” soooo busy these days
*Six signs to look for among those who watch too much “Dora the Explorer”