I am super excited for a few reasons today. 1. Jono comes home this evening after being gone for 8 sleeps. 2. Esther turns 1 tomorrow! Where did the last year go? and 3. Our friends K & J will be receiving their little guy this week if all goes well! I am so excited to see them be parents and see the plan that God has for this family of 3! And hopefully, I can fit in a visit to see them before we head out in March.
In completely random order.... Stephen listening to instructions on how to be safe rock climbing. He did very well for his first time. On a side note, the kids think that Aunt Kristy and Uncle Kris have the coolest house ever - they live at a camp!
Three pumpkins for three boys. Good work everybody!
The kids had two days off at the end of October so we went to the Science Center in Toronto.
The "rain forest" room.
The boys loved building tracks for the balls. It was nice and empty once all the school kids left!
Here is my favourite rock band.
Silas really enjoyed watching the fish. "Ook Mom! A baby fish! A mommy fish!"
Four in the car but who is the driver?
Stephen busy playing in the toy room. I do believe this was taken after he missed the bus for the first and hopefully only time.
My baby girl is almost one! She loves her banana and watered down juice first thing in the morning! Can you guess how she slept that night?
Jono got home last night. The kids were so excited to see him and play with him. They have been trying to get him caught up on everything that happened while he was away. Jono had a good trip. We do plan on sending out an update soon-ish to share more details. Anyway, it is good to have him home. We do wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! We do have much to be thankful for, including you!
The past couple of weeks have been busy - no surprise there! Here is a brief recap. Stephen lost another tooth during the sermon last Sunday. I think he might have screamed if it was bloody and there would have been a scene. Samuel misses his Daddy the most but is super thrilled with my $1 garage sale find - a spider man outfit! Silas is working on potty training - he is dry at night but still has accidents during the day. Esther has cut her second tooth and had her first split lip. Thankfully it should look normal by the time Daddy comes home but we don't have any photos to show him. Jono has been able to call us a few times, which is great. He has met with all 4 language groups and done some "work" with them. He heads back up to the city Monday morning to sit in on some checking sessions. I have been "running" the show over here. Our women's bible study has started and I am co-leading a group for that. GEMS has started and I am also leading a group for that. Youth Group has started but Jono hasn't been going since he's not in country. Adult Education has also started and it has been very informative/heart breaking/stretching. It has been worth getting out the door early on Sunday mornings. Thank you to all who have been thinking of us, calling and emailing us, and praying for us. It is all greatly appreciated and treasured. We can not be here without you all!
Just to let you know that Jono called during dinner to let us know that he had made it to the guest house in Abuja! Praise the Lord for safe travels so far. He will head up to Jos in the morning. We are all doing well on the home front. There will be a lack of pictures in the updates as Jono took our camera with him. Sorry-o!
Feeling like it is taking all we have to stay afloat. Life seems really busy - or we make it really busy. We have been in our new house for a month now and JUST found the camera charger. Maybe soon we will get around to posting some new pictures on here. The kids are all well. Stephen turned 6 last month, Samuel had his last soccer game, Silas is teething and talking a lot, and Esther is crawling all over the place. Jono leaves again next month, so probably when he's gone, there will be more posts. That seems to be the way it goes. We are off later today to meet some wonderful friends and camp for the week in WI. See you when we get back!
A proud mom over here - Stephen scored 3 goals tonight in his second soccer game. I think he takes after his father! The part I liked to see the most was how he cheered just as much for the other kids' goals as he did for his own! He even learned about "kicking it to the other team after they get hurt" - sportsmanship! Many thanks to Pake and Beppe for watching all 4 kids today so I could go to London and visit my friend and her new, tiny baby. It was good to be able to visit without kids! Please pray for them as they have a long road ahead.
We enrolled the oldest two in a 4 week indoor soccer program before we found out we were staying. Driving 30 minutes once a week is not my idea of fun, especially when one child does NOT want to participate.