Summer in Michigan

What an incredible summer we have had!


You last heard from us that we had arrived in Michigan and were beginning to settle into life here. We have spent countless hours with family and friends catching up on life and enjoying this season of being near to them. Our summer has been filled with trips to the zoo, picnics in the park, barbeques, play dates, and beach adventures. And, although we have had a lot of fun, we have also been working hard.


 



Dominic has been working part time for Michigan Screen and Window. He has been enjoying this opportunity and is seeing his strength return steadily over the summer. His health is almost fully restored and we are hopeful for complete health and strength to return. On top of this, Dominic has been working very hard to make preparations and plans for our move to Switzerland. We’ve all needed to get new passports which resulted in Dominic and April having to take a trip to New York City to the Swiss Embassy for Dominic to apply for his passport. We spent 5 days away, 3 of them in New York City, so we ended up getting to see some of the sights and enjoyed some time together without our kids. 



We are currently awaiting for April’s visa and then we can start talking about a date for our move. In the meantime we are discussing what life will look like in Switzerland. April is taking German lessons from a friend. We are, once again, going through our possessions to decide what to take and what to leave behind. Dominic is looking for a job and a car in Switzerland.






Sofia has finished 1st grade, but we have not started the current school year yet. Swiss homeschooling laws are much more strict than in the United States, so we are reading up on how we will have to school this year while in Switzerland. Amelia is very excited to start Kindergarten and asks to start almost every day. Zoe loves to “read” and is in the middle of toilet training. 

As the fall starts to settle in here in Michigan, we are anticipating the big season change in our own lives. If you feel led, please pray that our move would go smoothly and we would transition with grace; that Dominic would find a good job and that April and the girls would learn the language quickly.

Arrived in Michigan



We started our journey to Michigan on May 15. We have now arrived safely in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We did not plan our trip out day by day, but took it one day at a time. We were in no hurry, yet it took us a bit longer than we expected. We encountered a snow storm in Wyoming, which closed down the main highway we were traveling on. So we got stuck in Wyoming for about a day and a half, not being able to go anywhere. Thankfully we found a hotel we could stay in, while it was snowing heavily. Now we are here and are trying to acclimate ourselves to Michigan.