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Hello all…. We are typing a quick post to let you all know what we are doing… We first flew to Ft. Lauderdale, then cross country flight to San Diego, Ca. From there we stayed several days with Denise’s Dad and had a great time. We then rented a minivan and drove from San Diego to Ketchum, Id. We stayed there only a couple days then went to Smiley Creek, Id. This is very near Stanley, Id. We spent a couple of very relaxing days in the Sawtooth mountains and then we drove back down to Ketchum for a night to prepare for the drive to Boise. Whew….. We will be in Boise (actually Meridian) Monday night. We are hoping to meet with all of our church during the week or so we are in town. We then drive back to San Diego, Ca and stay for the 4th of July and prepare to fly back to Ft. Lauderdale and then on to Haiti…

God has blessed us with safe travels and we have had a great time reconnecting with family we have missed so much & felt so far away from. We wish we could have visited Sean’s side of the family but unfortunately we only have so much time….

The kids have had a great time with their cousins Hayden and little Grace. We hope to see “Baby Jack” & lil cousin Emily when we drive back to Ca.

Being back in the states is so different. We’re loving the time we have spent with family, loving warm showers with water pressure, the awesome variety of delicious food, the conveniences, the endless options of activities to do or places to go; and one of the most odd but enjoyable things is just being able to go to a store & buy what you need!

Another thing; we have found ourselves being a bit chilled much of the time, although everyone else is running around in shorts & summer clothes 🙂

We do miss Haiti though. Two totally different lifestyles~Haiti vs. here…we are figuring out though, that our hearts are in both places.

Here are some pics of the first leg of our trip in California…

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The QCS 2nd grade class went on a field trip to have some fun off campus. They had a great time! They planted 3 trees: 1 Canep tree & 2 Mango trees; grown from seeds. They played field day type games & races, had water balloon fun & got to have a picnic. Thanks Ms. Depooter…you did a great job this year with this very energetic & active class! I enjoyed working with you & your students… & what an exciting way to end their 2nd grade year in Haiti!

I’ll try to post a video clip we have of Reagan & her classmates in a race later so her little cousins in the states can see how “fast” she is…(the school generator is about to shut off)

Here is a bridge designed & constructed out of toothpicks by Chloe & classmate Naika. They made it for Science class: They were graded on structure & strength:

Chloe & Naikas bridge was the second strongest in the class!! Way to go girls!! The bridge built by classmates Shawn & Christian beat theirs by sustaining the weight of 500 more grams. Chloe & Naikas bridge held 3500 grams & the winning bridge held 4000 grams!!

Thanks Mr. Dekoter for this year; Chloe really enjoyed your 7th grade science class! You guys did a lot of fun and educational projects!! It was great to watch Chloe enjoy it all…

Denise & family

Another school year is coming to an end for Quisqueya Christian School!

Here is a statement from the QCS Newsletter that sums up the year quite accurately: “It has been an eventful year, full of learning, growing, celebrations, loss, political unrest, disappointment mixed with success. And through it all God has sustained us, giving us strength and courage to keep to the course.”

Here are only some of the year end events that have occurred at QCS that we captured on our camera to share with you: Enjoy!!

Yes, High School students that attend QCS do have a prom! The seniors this year are a great group of young adults!

High School can be an exciting yet challenging time for any teenager…these young adults have successfully accomplished their teenage years and High School years in Haiti of all places!!!

…a third world country…a place they most likely would not have chosen on their own but were either born here or are missionary kids along with their missionary parents who are serving here…

Remember their are no movie theaters, malls, stadiums, concerts, clubs or amusement parks here…not the typical types of “more common” recreation activities that teenagers in the states & other places around the world get to enjoy on a regular basis. (It’s not even smart/safe to be out & about at night here anyway; esp. for young white adults)…

But we find other ways to help these kids enjoy & experience their teenage years & these kids make the best of it !! They learn so much about life, themselves & the world around them!!

These young adults are amazing; our family is so proud of them & we feel blessed to have been a small part of their lives this past year!! Way to go seniors & High schoolers!! You guys rock & have such an advantage in life because of what you have learned & experienced here!!

The elementary students had an assembly to express what they as individual students and as their classes liked about this year & what they are thankful for; each class also got to pick their favorite song for all of the students to sing along with them. Here is a video of the Pre K class:

Video of Reagan’s 2nd grade class:

Here is Easton & Banning’s video of their class:

Pre K, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 4th grade & 6th grade:
Pre K kiddos 1st Graders 2nd Graders 4th Grade~Banning & Easton 6th Graders 6th Grader~favorite science project