Hello there! I'm so happy - it's been less than a month since I've updated - we're making progress!! =)
We’ve just finished our first week of school here, and are currently enjoying some (unexpected) cooler temperatures. We had the a/c off until after 1pm today, and at not quite 6pm, we’re probably good to turn them off again. Tim trimmed the grass today, and I raked, and although it was hot, it wasn’t overwhelming.
Jessica has been with us for a week and a half now. We are really enjoying having her, and she has been a huge help. I feel better now than I did before – at least a little more energy, so I’m sure thankful for that - but she is great in helping out where needed! Jessica is outside right now playing freeze tag with the girls - they are having a blast!
Tim heads to Cancun tomorrow. He’s going down for a little over a week to help out in a work there. He leaves early in the morning, and we sure are going to miss him! He’s going to find it mighty interesting, “bach”-ing it for the first time in a while. He's got a full, busy week planned, though, so he won't be bored!
We’ve had lots of company the last bit, too, so we’ve been enjoying some extra people around. We got in a quick visit with Shad, Debi and Joe K on their way up to Phoenix on Monday. Emily and Sarah drove up from Obregón on Wednesday, which was also Eleo’s birthday, so they, plus the Cain’s came for lunch that day.
Here are some pics from the last bit:
|Shaelyn learned how to braid|
Tea parties are perfect activities for for sleepovers, especially for those who like to dress up like princesses!
|Mika's special touches|
|The four lovely princesses, enjoying their tea (hot chocolate)!|
This was taken a couple of weeks ago. It rained during the day, so I was actually able to get a picture of how much rain comes up. If you look closely, you'll see that the road is completely flooded across to the other side of the street. Thankfully, the water goes down fairly quickly.
Nata likes to play with Daddy's tools!
|All the girls wanted to have two braids in their hair like Laura Ingalls.|
|Cutting out circles, with Nathaniel looking on|
Then it was time for another tea party!
|My special tea cup with Trilliums, from my dear Aunt Stella. I doubt she ever dreamed this pretty cup would have hot chocolate in it!! ;)|
|Our tea party from Kyla's view|
|Vivi enjoying dressing up with an apron on.|
|Jessica wrapped the girls up, calling them burritos - it makes me hot looking at this picture!! (Alisa calls them 'bweedos')|
|Love this one of Mika!|
|And this one of Kyla!|
|Another 'bweedo' in the background|
|This is one of many funny faces of Shaelynnie|
|Nico's cute little face close up.|
|Shaelyn took a tumble a week ago, and put her tooth all the way through her lip. It was a toss up, wondering whether to take her to get stitches or not. We decided not to, and thankfully it has healed up quite well.|
|Nathaniel sporting some pink, flowered glasses - his sisters love to dress him up! =)|
|Alisa and Vivi (not sure what's up with Vivian's new camera 'pose')|
Monday morning we took pictures outside of each of the children, plus took their weights, and started a new height chart in the linen closet! =)
|Marika - 10.5 years old, Grade 5|
|Shaelyn - 7.5 years old, Grade 2|
|Kyla - 6 years old, Grade 1|
|Vivian - 4.5 years old|
|Alisa - 2.5 years old|
|Nathaniel - almost 17 months old|
|All six, plus the puppy|
|Nathaniel went directly to bed after the group picture, and Jessica got in on this one!|
|Hard at work!!|
|The little girls' table|
|The big girls' table|
|One end of the adults' table|
|The other end|
|Eleo and her cake|
|Liz had been asking for me to post a picture of my big tummy. Here I am (today) at 30 weeks.|
I've just been reading through Isaiah again, and have been enjoying it immensely. Two years ago, we were going through a spiritual upheaval, and the Lord gave me these verses:
"Remember this and stand firm, ... for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,
... 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,'
... I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it."
It gives me great comfort to know that we serve the One and only God, that He is in control, and that His purposes always stand. How great is our God!!