Monday, October 21, 2013

Three Year Milestone

This day marks our three year anniversary of moving to Nicaragua.  Ironically, we stepped on and off American soil today (at the Embassy) to renew the kids' passports.  However, here we are...living in Nicaragua...still walking the journey that God asked us to embark on so many years ago.

I would love to neatly package all the things we've learned over the past three years; but we are seemingly forever in process and I believe that we will be re-learning those lessons going forward as well! Not to mention, for the most part...it is life as usual.  While I still compare and contrast life HERE vs. THERE somewhat often...our kids see HERE as normal.

The other day, I commented to Jeff that I feared that we were raising odd children....as in not normal. They live a multi-cultural life and will not experience the typical "American childhood" (whatever that is).  What happens when/if they return to the States!?  What if they are "not normal?"  Then, I realized...whose definition of "normal" am I striving for?  My children are living and growing in the environment that God ordained for them.  It is not just Jeff and I 'living out God's plan'--our children are on this journey as well.

The last three years have left and will continue to leave an impression on their hearts and minds.  And for the most part, I think that is a good thing.

THEN

NOW

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Happy 12th Birthday to Andrew!

On October 5th, we celebrated Andrew's 12th Birthday.  WOW!  12 years. A dozen years.  I do think that Andrew will likely surpass me in height this year...although considering my whopping 60"...that isn't saying too much.  While he still loves the things of childhood, he is maturing and growing in character.  Being our firstborn child, we get to make the majority of 'trial-and-error' mistakes on him...but he is super gracious...and for that we are thankful!

On Saturday, he invited his best buddy and his buddy's little brother, along with Noah to party "boy" style in our courtyard.  No streamers or balloons were needed (although balloons would have made good targets)...just airsoft pistols, a slingshot, paint thinner, a match and a watchful father/husband standing nearby.
I commented to Jeff about 45 minutes into the party, "Can boys just shoot at things for an indefinite amount of time?!"  The answer was "Yes."  Okay then, no need to plan other sorts of activities.   They shot. They ate. They had cake. A great party...by boy standards.

Enjoy the snapshots!