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We have been in Portugal for nearly 3 months now and things are going well. The weather here is very nice - especially when compared to Michigan, haha - with temps in the 50’s or 60’s and many days of sunshine. The kids have been amazed by the weather. Just the other day one of them asked, “Is this really winter? It’s not even cold!” 
    
We have been busy with trying to figure out our new normal and to establish a routine. There have been several appointments these past months: appointments for establishing our residency and even an appointment with the cardiologist for Dave and the girls regarding their Long QT. We were surprised that making the cardiologist appointment was so easy and we were encouraged by meeting with him and hearing that he was willing to work with our doctors in America. The girls will need to see another pediatric specialist, but he was able to again assure us that the medication is available to us here in Portugal. In his words, getting the medication is easy! We are so thankful to God for this.
    
It has been wonderful to have the kids in school. Not only are they enjoying their teachers and their classes, but it is also freeing us up to study the language. We meet with a tutor on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and she has been such a help and encouragement to us. We are enjoying learning the language and the culture.    
    
As you may have seen on Facebook, our crate finally arrived! We were so excited to see all of our things - some of us even cried :) 
    
We have a couple of very important appointments coming up soon. Dave has received his residency card and on this Wednesday, February 27, we will again be meeting with the Portuguese government regarding the rest of our residency permits.

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Because we have a large family (and we do by Portuguese standards), we had to make 3 different appointments. 3 of us are scheduled for this Wednesday and the rest are scheduled for the the begining of May. Please pray that this will go well - that we will have all the proper documents and that we will be approved. Thank you!

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