HOLZ FAMILY UPDATE
A quick update on our family. All seems to be going well. Just recently my mother and father came to visit us and of course Richard and Julianne were ecstatic! We did lots of fun tourist things we don't normally do just because we were having fun and letting our children spend time with their grandparents. Also, after years of taking over and crashing in my parents' basement whenever we travel to the US, I finally got to host my parents in my own home for the first time!
In other news, Julianne is 5! As a father I really can't understand how that happened. Yes, I know how it happened biologically, but I'm sure most people can understand that I'd like to hit some kind of pause button on my daughter growing up. In addition to that, our other daughter, Elena, is now crawling and on the verge of walking and Richard scored well his standardized tests for 1st grade.
And while it is still several months away, this summer we plan on travelling back to the US as a family for about 6 weeks as in July we will celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary along with all the rest of my siblings, nephews, and nieces. As we are now up to 3 children we prayerfully ask that you would please try and think if you know anyone in the mid-West with a mini-van or large SUV who may be willing to allow us to use it for up to 6 weeks and do some cross country driving. I know that may be asking a lot, but when we travel to the US we are completely dependent upon gracious donors providing us places to stay and vehicles to use as we lack these resources in the US and renting vehicles for longer than a few days can get very expensive very fast.
We also ask your prayers as we decide how we will travel in the future. As you can imagine, after Elena turns 2 we will be obligated to purchase full price international plane tickets for 5 people any time we wish to travel to the US. In addition to that, Richard is currently in the 1st grade and Julianne will soon follow. With all that in mind it will become much more difficult to make longer trips to the US as a family and so it may just mean fewer and shorter trips together as a family, spending more time close to my relatives, and more solo trips for me to continue with fundraising for Crossing Cambodia and connecting with all our donors.
Please keep our family in your prayers as we keep seeking to serve the Lord in Cambodia!