Update Letter, April 2013

McAllister Family Update
Well, it’s been a busy couple of months. How time flies! We have enjoyed the Christmas update letters from many of you about your families and your year in review. So we thought we would send out the following in the spirit of a Christmas letter; let’s call it our Easter Update letter!
You may never have seen as much mud as Logan can pack onto his being. He loves to be outside as much as possible and in this country, that often means playing in the mud. Logan can spend 1.5 hours at his own soccer practice, head over to his older brother’s practice and join in playing with them, only to head home and ride his bike with neighbor kids for another hour or two. His energy is boundless and he makes the most of being able to play hard outside for the whole year. He does miss skiing and sledding and looks forward to living in the US again where it snows.
Tavin excels in all that he does. He is the current high GPA in the family! He is involved in Doulos’ first school play-slotted for middle schoolers (he’s in 4th right now), but really all the world is a stage to Tavin. He had his lines memorized long before the others and then offered to help them work on their lines. He is a good friend to the kids in his class and always sets a good example for them. He has a gift of empathy that is beautiful to see. He feels deeply for all those around him. His passions are still Legos (he is doing a Lego building academy to learn the tricks of Lego designers) and reading.
Our oldest, Kaden, is in 7th grade now and we are starting to see the first hints of the teen years to come. He is beginning to express some of his independence, most notably in his current hair “style” which the locals call “pajon” which is the word for a wild and unruly tuft of grass. We have also started to receive some quintessential eye rolls and heavy sighs. I think parenting a teen will be a whole new ball game! Despite those changes, he continues to excel in his classes too. We are proud of his work in Spanish (getting A’s) as this is his first year being in the regular Spanish classroom (vs. pulled out for tutoring). He also started French this year, which is a challenge to him, but he is doing well. He and Harley are busy planning his first hunting trip for this fall. They are planning to burn some frequent flier miles and go to Latigo Ranch (www.latigotrails.com –where Harley and I met) to hunt the wily mule deer. He is really excited (almost as much as his dad…).


About harleymc31

My wife Abby and I are missionaries in the Dominican Republic, working as a High School Math and Science teachers at Doulos Discovery School. We are joined by our three boys, aged 9, 7, and 5 who attend the same school and bring us untold joy every day.
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