We spent this past week enjoying a visit from my folks, Ronnie and Sandra Schroeder. As always, we had a great time together—talking and being together. We stayed a few days here in Guadalajara and then spent a few nights vacationing near San Miguel de Allende.
I’ve been blessed with good parents—which is not a small thing!
One of the things I really like about my mom and dad is the way they have always supported us in our desire to be missionaries. I remember years ago when I decided to put off post-graduate work and instead enroll in the Adventures in Missions program; they not only gave me their blessing but also provided financial backing and visited me when I lived in England as an AIMer. Later, when Nancy and I decided to begin our mission work in Mexico, they could not have been more supportive. During these 19 years in Mexico, they have made dozens of trips to visit us and have given much money to bless our lives, the mission, needs of coworkers, special projects, etc. Not only have they been supportive; but also they have allowed themselves to be influenced and changed by this experience.
Nancy and I want to be that way with our daughters and the dreams God has put in their hearts. We hope it won’t be anything too crazy!
I also like that my folks are really interested in the lives of our Mexican friends. Yesterday one of my friends told me what another had said after they spent time with all of us on Monday. "I like Chadd's mom so much because you can tell she really is interested in what our life is like--she asks questions and really wants to know what we think and what we want to do with our lives."
I like that about her too.
We were trying to count how many trips my mom has made to Mexico since we moved here. We came up with between 40 and 45 week-long visits in the last 19 years. This means that my mom has spent almost a year of her life in Mexico! My dad has averaged a week each year which means he has spent 3 or 4 months here. We’ve had lots of fun and made many good memories.
I wonder what they’ll do with their vacation time when we’re not in Mexico anymore.