Wow! It's been a week since I've written! A lot has actually happened, which is one reason why I have not written. It has been pretty busy around here.
Jimmy's mom and dad had left to go home to El Salvador in November to live there permanently. They are residents of the US, and in order to keep their residency, and therefore their ability to travel back and forth from the US and El Salvador, they need to come to the US to visit once every 5 months.
Well, the five months is now up, and so we called them to see if they wanted to set up a time to get the plane tickets to come and visit or if they didn't want to come back and just wanted to let their residency expire. Much to our surprise, Jimmy's sister answered the phone and told us that Jimmy's dad was planning on 'surprising' us by appearing on our doorstep and announcing that he was going to move back to the US and stay here 'permanently'.
My! Well, then. That would have been quite a surprise! I am glad that we called.
So, in the end, it turned out that we found out on Sunday that both of them decided to come back to live in the US permanently, and their flight was coming in a 2AM on Friday. That didn't leave us much time to prepare.
We had already talked with them about how when the left in November, we were going to take over the room that they were leaving and that we would not be able to empty it again since in reality we really needed that space anyway. We are, after all, a family of 6 in only 2 bedrooms, and we sorely needed that extra space.
But then we come to the problem of where do they stay? With no job and no money, exactly where could they go? At first, they slept in Elizabeth's bed and she slept on the couch downstairs, then Jimmy's dad went to stay with a friend and his mom slept on Jo's bed and Jo and Elizabeth slept together in her bed, and finally, after much prayer and obvious intervention from God, his mom moved down to stay with his dad at the friend's house. It turns out that the family has 3 kids and their live-in nanny/housekeeper is leaving on vacation for a month, so Jimmy's mom is going to take her place while she is gone, and there is a possibility that she will not come back! That means that Jimmy's mom could have a permanent job with them which includes room and board for both of them plus cash every week! And they live right down Rt 1, so it is not too far, and there is easy bus access when they need it.
What a blessing!