After 3 1/2 days of non-stop unloading, unpacking, sorting, putting things away, cleaning a VERY dusty, spider web filled house, and LOTS of laundry, this is the face of a hot, sweaty, tired, and VERY happy mommy... who after this picture was taken, went outside with a big glass of iced lemonade as she watched her children and their neighborhood friends play once again in their back yard.
Oh, it is so good to be home. It is so good to be in the place where I know the Lord has called our family to serve Him.
And this is room that I walked through to get to the back yard. I couldn't have done that the day before as it was piled high with laundry from the trip. It is so good to be caught up on laundry too! :)
Notice there are 3 washers and 2 dryers (plus a nice clothes line outside!)...we went from having no working washers and dryers last year (those were interesting days!) to finally having 1 working one of each. And then, right before I had to fly to the states for the baby, we got 2 more washers and another dryer! Someday I'll share how that happened.... :)
The next few days, I'll be working on our summer schedule. It will be a bit different this year...mainly in the fact that we will have to continue on with school full time as we missed so much during the time Samuel and I were in the hospital. But I'm not hearing any complaints :) Everyone is eager to "get back to work"!
One of the biggest things we all missed while up north was being able to sit around the same table together.
Once Eliseo outgrows the highchair, we'll be shy a seat...and of course someday, little Samuel will be joining us too...but I've heard Daniel and the boys making plans to build a "really big table" :)
Thank you for praying for Susannah. Her chin is healing very nicely and she says, "It doesn't hurt at all unless Noah tries to take my stitches out" ???? :)
Speaking of Noah, the other day, I walked into our bedroom to do something and Noah was standing there at the dresser obviously waiting for Daddy to come in and help give him a clear conscience about something.
I asked him, "Noah, what did you do?"
He replied, "I pushed Nehemiah on the ground"
I said, "Oh, that's not nice. Should we push people?"
"No", he said.
"Why shouldn't we push people, Noah", I asked him.
His answer..."Because the Bible says 'Thou shalt not push'"! :)
So after breakfast yesterday, everyone did their chores....
And then we all kept busy while we waited for Daddy to be ready to take us over to work at the church...
And while the girls here are greatly out numbered...you can still see their fingerprints on many things...
Hna. Tola and Hna. Victoria walked from all the way across town to come see their newest "grandbaby" (as they call him). They checked him all our from head to toe and then got lots of time to hold and love on him while we drank coffee and chatted.
Finally it was time to head over to the church to work. Remember the pick-up that was given to us that Daniel's brother brought down in December? Doesn't it fit our family nicely? :)
While the girls and I cleaned inside, the boys worked on the yard.
After a couple hours of work, we were all hot and thirsty. We went back home and I opened my cupboard to get a couple of pitchers to make something to drink...and the new pitcher I brought back from the states was gone. After looking around I bit, I spied it out on the back porch (along with one of my pots). Now how did they get out there?
I guess the boys leave their fingerprints on somethings too :)
We are all battling with chest colds right now and little Samuel was running a fever again yesterday. I'm sure that it being 92 degrees in the house didn't help, so stripped him, bathed him, and put a cool cloth on his head which brought his temp down considerably. His cough has gotten worse, poor baby. We have church service tonight and will be praying for him there. Will you please pray for him too? We have to go to the capital tomorrow and will get him checked by the pediatrician there.
We know God hears and answers prayer...I still remember that almost everytime I see or hold Samuel.