Monday, December 31, 2007

Countdown to Departure

Well, we're in the throes of packing up 12 suitcases for 6 people to depart in 4 days to then spend 5 months in England. Your prayers are appreciated! The kids, as you can imagine, are a bit anxious, though that seems to be waning now that we've gotten through Christmas.

Just for background: we're directing Calvin College's Semester in Britain program which is offered in collaboration with York St. John University (pictured left). So in a few weeks 13 students from Calvin will follow us to York. They'll then take 2 courses from me and 2 courses at YSJ, and we'll be doing various excursions around Britain to learn the history and culture.

Our kids will be attending schools in York: Grayson and Coleson will be at Joseph Rowntree secondary school, and Maddie and Jack will be at Park Grove Elementary. And we're looking forward to worshiping at St. Michael le Belfrey church.

Stay tuned for updates! And thanks for keeping us in your prayers.

Monday, December 24, 2007


it is almost time to go to england and i am not looking forward to it. But it is also close to christmas and i am extremely excited. because i will get to see family and celebrate jesus' birth.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Virtual Home of the Smiths in York

Greetings, friends! Welcome to the "Smith Family in York" blog--our way of sharing news with family and friends of our adventure in York, England. Stay tuned for updates!