Monday, September 26, 2011

Hear, Hear……

  Last Friday was a very important day in our household.  Jonathan got his first smiley face for good behavior in school. It was only the 2nd week of school, but STILL.  Take a look at the other kids’ rows, and you’ll see how few sad faces they have….not many.  Except for David; they’re two peas in a pod apparently.  You have to be bad MANY times in class to earn a sad face, but Jonathan has managed that every day so far.  The change in his behavior between home and school is quite perplexing to us. Oh, the joys of parenthood.


Friday, September 23, 2011

My Pablo

Pablo is definitely my special buddy, and he made my day today. One of my jobs is to give out new clothes and shoes as needed, so all of the kids treat me like I'm Santa Claus when they need something. I love seeing their excitement when they get something new, but nothing compares to Pablo's excitement.

I went downstairs to find him, and I told him to go tell the tia he was coming with me to get new shoes. He raced into the other room screaming, "TIA, TIA!!! Arriba!!! Mrs. Tandy!!! Zapatos!!!" He didn't stop- just ran into the room and back out- screaming the whole way. He threw down his ever present rag/hand towel/glove- whatever he’s flapping around for the day, and that’s how you know things are really serious. He flew upstairs to the 3rd floor as I tried to keep up.

We found the PERFECT shoes- velcro Spiderman with LIGHTS. The person who donated those shoes had no idea how valuable they would be! :) Pablo was ecstatic….especially about the lights. I told him to go show them off downstairs, so he stomped down the stairs and ran to anyone he could find. He figured out that if he kicks his feet in the air the lights will turn on….quite humorous to behold.

We did new clothes next, and that was equally as exciting. I never knew that new underwear could be THAT big of a deal. Wow. He kept pulling them up really high and popping the waistband. Lol…. We got him dressed in a new outfit, and he couldn’t stop rubbing his new shirt. He had his pile of new clothes bundled up against his chest, and he did NOT want to let them go. He raced downstairs immediately, and went to put them in his drawers. He wanted to throw away his old clothes, but I told him they were still ok to use. It was hilarious watching him put everything in its proper place.

The tias and teachers all made him feel so good…whistling, telling him he was handsome. The joy and pride was just oozing out of him, and it was so much fun. He definitely brightened everyone’s day today…especially mine. I love him so much.

Here are a few photos…. This is his special smile for the cameras...

Here it is again...but he was so excited he kept tilting his head back at the same time.

Just this week I was talking to someone about my old job. I was telling her about my old much I miss them and love when I was with them I knew that I was doing exactly what God created me to do...and the joy that comes from being in that moment. I miss it all so much. I feel like my time with Pablo today was just a special gift from remind me that He knows my heart. Thank you for Pablo, Father!

Monday, September 19, 2011

We're Alive!

I knew I hadn't posted in a long time, but I had no idea it had been 2 months! Wow. Time flies. The summer is always a blur. We've also started doing newsletters, so after I spend time working on that I feel like I've done 4 blog posts. I've yet to figure out how to get the HTML newsletter easily transferred into a blog post, but I'm working on it. I'm trying not to duplicate my blog posts with my newsletter info, so I want to get the newsletters posted on here. For now, you can sign up to receive the newsletters on the right side of the blog.

This is the only way I've figured out how to easily show our newsletter. Just click on the following links:

April, 1st Newsletter Catching up since moving here in March, 2009; focus on goals for ministry during this new phase of commitment to CdF.

May, 2nd Newsletter Beginning of summer teams, regular ministry

June & July, 3rd Newsletter Finishing summer teams, school updates, Grace's miracle