After a very long journey, we made it safely to Seattle on November 8th. The kids did pretty well and Aurora even slept 4 hours on the last flight (EJ 2.5 hours). We were very happy to be on solid ground again and to get some much needed sleep (although not much the first few nights, seeing as though the kids were waking up regularly starting at 2am!!!). We are enjoying our time here…getting in some quality time with family, enjoying meetings with pastors and visits to churches, getting our family photos done, visiting with relatives, shopping, and a good almond mocha(Gianluca)/peppermint mocha(Carli) too! We would appreciate your continued prayers during our time here. There is always so much to do and too little time. Although we are confident that God will provide, we also feel the weight of needing to raise the remainder of our monthly support. So please pray for rest, for good family time, great time with relatives and friends, for all the remainder of our needed monthly support to come in, for lots of fun, for quality visits with churches and pastors, and for strength to live each moment with joy and peace- focusing on the present and not the goodbyes to come. This verse has been challenging me personally over this last week, and is the motto of our life and ministry: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor for the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58. May we serve the Lord with all our strength for as long as he allows us the honor to do so.