Our Week

This past week I have been getting back to the routine Penelope and I had previously arranged. It is amazing how things can change in three days, when you’re used to routine. I am simply speaking from the things and changes I noticed in Penelope when I arrived home Sunday afternoon from my trip to Alabama. First of all, baby girl wanted nothing to do with her Mama! Grandma was the bee’s knees, and Mama was the leftover pollen on the bottom of that Bee’s foot. I am glad they are finally on a closer level than they were before, but my heart was disappointed.
By Monday at lunchtime Penelope was back to her old loving, curious, playful, snuggle bug self. I am doing a post on Penelope in about two weeks, but for now I will say, she is expressing her need to be independent, and girl knows what she wants!
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Zack and I received a picture of Penelope’s brother, Brian, earlier this week! I can’t believe he is 14! We began sponsoring him when we were just 18 and he was 8! He is an amazing young man, and has quite a bit in common with Zack. The both enjoy art, and the same subjects in school. Brian loves Jesus, and makes it very apparent in each of his letters to us! He is such a hard worker, good student, and devoted Lamb of God.
If you are wanting to “adopt” a child through an organization, I have to suggest Compassion International. We get a yearly magazine from them (for free), but aside from that we only receive our letter from Brian. They do not try to sell you anything, call you, or bug you in any other way.
We have been able to help with AIDS vaccinations (a few dollars from each months donations go towards that), supply him with farm animals, like a goat for milking, crops, school uniforms, plenty of other things, but most importantly we are able to help out his family and in turn his village, while helping him to experience God’s love through us-just one of the many ways he sees it each day.
He is a beautiful young man.
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Yesterday, I babysat my niece, Sadie. It was a lot of fun-the house is still messy evidence of it! Penelope was there also, of course. We watched Lady and the Tramp, went out to lunch with Zack, played with babies and the bassinet, took a walk around the neighborhood, played with bubbles, and sidewalk chalk! Oh, and “picked flowers”- [a.k.a. pulled weeds for Grandma.]
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Tomorrow we are going to the zoo again, but I assure you there will be no post about it!
Over the weekend in my free time, I will be working on the design of the blog and of the posts. For anyone that knows me, I change my mind constantly- something I inherited from my Mom, and something Penelope also has built in, hence our need to constantly rearrange furniture. I noticed this in Penelope before she was even one! It won’t be anything too drastic. The “header” will remain the same, it will just be details.

> > > This week in photos : : :
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One of my two favorite moments in life are the times when Zack, Penelope and I are spending quality time together. Second only to watching Penelope in a peaceful state, playing and figuring things out independently – I’m going to squeeze Penelope’s independent decisions to give me a hug or kiss in between my two favorite things! Okay okay, so I can think of several things I love about my family!
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She was not in the mood for having her picture taken at this point. She wasn’t cranky, just not thrilled. Still cute though!
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She wanted to swim with the waterfalls. She loves water!
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I had videos ready to be blended into a “picture in motion”, but pushed the dreaded DELETE, when I had no intention of doing so. Oh, well. Maybe next time. I plan on making short videos of daily life. Let me know what you think, as far as what you would like to see more of on this blog.
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Does anything beat a sweaty sleeping baby, floppy as a rag doll? I can’t think of anything…
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