An Open Invitation

Ever dreamed of spending Christmas in Europe?

Well, now’s your chance.

COME VISIT ME!!!

Well, the vineyards and cornfields of northern Portugal might not be Paris, France….but it’s Europe none the less. Complete with man purses, wonderful coffee….and…the Andrzejewski family!!

Not only will we leave the light on for you, we’ll leave the door open too….(we sound desperate don’t we?)

This past weekend was full of activities for the kids. My camera flashed all weekend. I don’t think I have a folder on my computer with as many photos as I have in my December 2009 one!


If you come visit us this Christmas you have to be gone by next Monday.

Want to know why?!

Because Nanny and Papaw are coming to see us!! Whoooo Hoooo!

This picture was taken the last time we saw them. Almost two years ago, at the airport when we left for Portugal. They helped us carry all 5 kids and 17 trunks to the airport in Nashville, I think it was. Only to watch us walk down the runway to board a plane for another country. With no promise of our return for many years. They watched as 5 of their grand babies walked away…pulling behind them their little backpacks.

Grandparents sacrifice for missions. They stay behind, cry and pray. They remain strong and support their children and grandchildren living abroad. They learn how to work video calls on the computer, send packages at the cheapest rate and immediately think of what time it is “over there” when they pick up the phone to call.

Grandparents of missionary kids are my heroes!

My picture folder on my computer is about to get MUCH larger!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01987206535600023065 Dani Joy

    I am so sending this link to my Mom! thank you, Nina! So beautiful!

    We are coming! 😉 Lord willing, sooner than later. I want to come out to spend some time with you all soon. What about Easter vaccation? Sounds so far away but it will be around the corner soon.

    BTW you made me cry!

    Dani Joy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00859488167015452608 Tori

    Super cute post Nina! Loved seeing all the photos, looks like you’re having a wonderful Christmas season in Europe. Me too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04630288151385157311 Jill

    Great pictures! I remember the trip to the airport and all the little kids with their backpacks when we left for Uganda. I also remember the incredible excitement of knowing people from home were coming for a visit. I’m praying for a safe journey and a wonderful visit. Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01977752862367266113 Pastor and Judy Brodie

    Dear Nina,
    Have to admit my grandmother heart srings were getting a little tugged. Such a sweet thing to say about your parents. May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with God’s many, many rich blessings! People like your family are our heroes!
    Love,
    Judy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00448779296171184733 Mom

    Hold up Dani Joy….
    Mimi may be coming for a visit at Easter.
    If…. Pawpaw approves.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01987206535600023065 Dani Joy

    There´s room for all, Mimi. Right, Nina? 😉 the more the Merrier! hehe

    But if not, Mimi get´s first dibs for sure!

    Big hugs,
    Dani Joy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00448779296171184733 Mom

    I dont know about Nanny, but Mimi dosent remain strong all the time. Its super hard when your only daughter and grandchildren are in another country. I think both grand-mothers of the Andrzejewski kids are thankful for cameras in our computers. Being able to see their smiling faces and hear their laughter is sometimes the only thing holding me together.
    We do cry and pray alot! But we know our babies are there serving the Lord and in due time He will bring them ALL home.
    In the mean time lets all pray for the air fair to get cheaper!!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY BABIES.
    MICHAEL, NINA, BROOKLYN, FAITH, LIBERTY, TRINITY, AND JUSTICE

    Better quit before the tears start to roll.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10436764764797493783 Pam

    Your home looks so hospitable! Loved the view of the front door and inside. The shot of the tree should be in a magazine!
    Merry Christmas to all!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04483264517830536055 Sharon

    I sure did enjoy the pictures and your tree is beautiful! May you and your family have a blessed Christmas!

  • Anonymous

    Nina,
    Loved the post! Maybe we can come see you guys. Portugal may not be able to handle the Pelkey’s. My prayers are for you and the grandparents, and the cousins and the parents and the friends. We love you!
    Danielle
    P.S. I loved the earrings from Portugal. They are my favorites!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09961929692808138092 Jungle Mom

    I am doubly aware of this. I am the missionary mom who took the kids and also the missionary grandmother who has had to watch the grand kids leave.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04626356258793268006 The Sommer Family

    Merry Christmas, Nina! Hope you have a wonderful holiday time with your parents!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04662751045378148853 Cathy

    Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10540064662050920859 Personalized Sketches and Sentiments

    Oh! We would definitely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to take a trip :o) Oh well…if not in real life…at least I can get a “taste” of Portugal through your great posts :o)

    Hope your Christmas was a very blessed one!
    Mele Kalikimaka & Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Hawaiian for Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!)

    Blessings & Aloha!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04887884977787790642 Amrita

    Thank you for the invitation. Everyone is welcome to Ondia too.

    A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E pix.

    Hurray for the grandparents.

  • Anonymous

    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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