Kaleb and Stacey Update

The tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are making the transition back to the US a little easier on us. Going from a world bursting with color, heat, and life to a seemingly barren planet was depressing, but as life returns to the temperate zone, we feel a little better.

We just wanted to give you a quick update on what we've been up to. Since we've been back, we've been catching up with friends, settling in to our new, albeit temporary, home, getting bigger (both of us unfortunately), seeing family (both in PA and OH), and preparing for baby. Stacey was diagnosed with gestational diabetes about a month ago, so that has required a little extra vigilance in a culture that is already a little hyper-cautious about pregnant women. However, this little health hiccup has been able to be diet-controlled, which is nice.

We are now in the final month of the pregnancy and the countdown is surely on. The baby frequently tries to escape her confines through Stacey's ribcage, which seems to make her a little uncomfortable, but overall Stacey is doing great. As uncomfortable as Stacey's situation is, I imagine that wee-one's accommodations are becoming a bit oppressive as well. We are hoping that our little one has planned an anatomically-appropriate exit strategy and will follow all the rules of safe-conduct on travel day.

Most of our waking time is spent at the Heart to Honduras office in Xenia, OH. We have commandeered the copy room and set up a fine workspace complete with calculator and paper clips. I often miss the pruners and machete days, but for now am trying to allow the rest of the callouses to peel away so that I can begin the blistering process in earnest once we return to our Honduran home. Most of our days consist of project management and communications between our US and Honduran partners. We are also grateful for our extra office time, since that allows us to do some much needed catch-up on creating some resources to use in Community Development efforts in Honduras.

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