May was cleaning in the kitchen, the music blaring, and Efrem was sitting in the bathroom yelling "phone!" After running to answer May heard Madame Herrmann from the consulate leaving a message. We've never figured out how to pick up a call that's gone to the answering machine, so she listened helplessly to the one-sided conversation. Our visas have been accepted and we can pick them up! Instead of taking a day to drive up to Frankfurt we're going to mail our passports - oh Lord protect them - to have the visas put in.

Now the whirlwind begins. We plan to load the moving truck Wednesday of next week; Dan will ride with it to Rennes and unload Thursday, then come back. Then on Saturday the 23rd our whole family will drive to our new home.

We thank God for answering ours and your prayers for our visas!

Please pray for the myriad of tasks necessary in the next 11 days: deregistering our car, canceling all of our accounts and bills, finishing packing, preparing the boys to go, saying goodbyes.