2016 was a year of many changes. In January we helped Michelle move to Washington DC where she started her new job at EcoAgriculture Partners, a non-profit that advances sustainable development through integrated natural resource management in agricultural landscapes. She is already contributing much to her organization and was able to assist on a project in Honduras this year. She loves to go backpacking, garden, and paint in her free time.
At the end of February, we took a short family vacation to Nicaragua, where our niece, Heather, had a destination wedding with Noel Somarriba. While there, we visited Granada, and stayed on an island in Lake Ometepe, and Playa Maderas, where the wedding took place.
Mid March, Jeanne and I moved into temporary housing in Cincinnati. Dan started his new assignment as the Industrial Design Lead for Front End Innovation for Baby and Fem Care at P&G in Winton Hills. During April, he had some business travel to Beijing and Japan. While there he was able to visit his niece, Amanda, who is working in the Kobe area. Work also took him to Seattle.
In June, Jeanne and I found a home in Wyoming, Ohio, and set out exploring bike trails and towns around our area, and camped in the Lake Hope area. We have enjoyed visits from Boston friends, as well as family. In May, Jeanne flew out to the West Coast to help Kenny and Lara pack for their move from Berkeley to L.A. Lara is now working part time with Anthropologie while building her bridal design business. Kenny is pursuing his passion of acting and is taking improv classes, doing some standup at local comedy clubs, producing some short films. He will be working with CBS studios on the Late Late Show in January.
Jeanne is happy to be close to her sister, and we have lots of family in the area , which is nice to be able to connect more often. This fall, Jeanne started work subbing for the local Montessori school and is already a favorite with the kids. In October, we joined a group that included some E4E friends for a World Vision project stateside, in West Virginia, over a long weekend. The team built a wheel chair ramp, made much needed fixes on some homes and worked in the local supply facility, organizing and painting. Each night ended with a campfire as we stayed in a local 4H camp.
Over Thanksgiving break, Jeanne and I travelled to Nepal for the completion of this years E4E project, rebuilding two classrooms in Cwin Nepal, near Kathmandu. Jeanne and I went a few days early to see some of the sights, enjoying views of the Himalayas from Nagarkot and the variety of wild life and birds in Chitwan National park. A friend from our church in Boston was able to join for the project portion.
We are thankful that we can have our family together over the holidays celebrating Christmas and the start of a new year.