So the very long silence was caused by our visit to the States. My cousin let me know that it is not cool to leave such a very long silence--so this one's for you, Darin. :)
We had a blast visiting with family, and even got to do some sight-seeing (hello, Plymouth Plantation and Mount Washington). Lots of World Cup watching (sorry, Argentina, we pulled for you, along with all the Spanish-speaking teams), lots of kids up late and eating desserts every night--real ones, not Mommy's healthy alternatives, lots of time with my parents and Owen's and the cousins and the aunts and uncles.
Apparently I told everyone I knew here in the D.R. that I was getting back a week from now, so it was like, "Surprise! We're back early!" I'm not always on top of the details.
This year I'll be teaching one Bible class a day while Abigail is in class. I did not see it coming, I wasn't looking for anything yet in the every day department, but I'm really excited about. And slightly stunned, as I've only ever taught English. So in addition to some initial planning, I bought a really pretty binder (cloth-covered, from Target) to help ease my transition back into work. Floral, pinks and greens and I think some yellow, totally worth whatever ridiculous price I paid I'm sure--it's out of character for me, but I think I'm a little intimidated about going back. It's just an hour and a half a day, but actually it seems crazy to me that I'll be working every day! I mean, it's been 9 years! At least it's only an hour and a half a day. I mean, that's the length of a Disney movie. And I'll have that pretty binder.
It was a little hit or miss with our return flight, because (naturally) the Dominican Embassy waited until the last minute to mail us back our passports with the visas. And so we were scheduled to get them after we'd have already had to leave to catch our flight. So a big thanks goes out to the lovely and reasonable Fed Ex worker who was there on a Saturday, willing to dig through the next business day mail pile so Owen could drive an hour to pick it up early.
Never a dull moment. It is a cultural requirement to absolutely wait until the last minute to do anything, pretty much across the board.
Anyway, more blogs to come. But I am back. And again, apologies to Darin and anyone else aggrieved by the long silence. :)