Someone pinch me (gonna have to be Terrill) because I'm on the blog again. Don't know how this happened...but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth. And since I'm on the blog, I wanted to update with a few more photos from the month. It's been an extraordinarily topsy turvy few weeks for us.
For one thing, we had a visit with the girls' mom, Alice. She is a sweet lady of about 28 yrs who is 8 1/2 months pregnant right now. Although she has a chronic disease, she is glowing with pregnancy, which was nice to see. We take the girls to visit Alice every other month. She is presently living in Kaabong to be near to the hospital for the delivery of her new baby. Lemu used to have a hard time seeing Alice because it would bring up old memories and make her weepy for days (understandably) but she is getting stronger and this visit was the best one yet. No tears. We're trying to help her appreciate every moment she has with Alice and not to cry over what she's lost, but be thankful for what she has (both visits with Alice and a new family).
|Mamas Amber & Alice|
|Enjoying bfast porridge on the swings...it's the little things in life.|
I've been having trouble with bees lately. They swarm my avocado seeds that sit on the ledge near my sink, looking for a water source. It wouldn't be such a problem but they come in numbers and bother me while I work. Alas, the seeds had to be moved.
|A snail Terrill found on a morning walk.|
|It started raining this week, but before then, this is how the ground looked in some places.|
|Produce I brought from Kaabong. Thank the good Lord for the fruits of the earth. Without them, we would be surviving on dry goods.|
|An evening fireside chat with daddy.|
Now for my sad news. My very sweet, very dear grandma died. She was 80 yrs old with many health problems. It was a cancer in the stomach that eventually took her to an eternal home. Grandma Donna (in the pink on the right) went quickly after the cancer diagnosis. She was blessed to be surrounded by family before she left...and to die at peace, without pain, in the arms of my grandpa. I was blessed to speak with her on the phone three days before she passed. It was a precious time of saying good-bye and expressing our love. Oh, but the difficulty of losing a loved one while 8000 miles away. I couldn't give her one more hug...smell her sweetness...feel her wrinkly cheek...squeeze her hand...I just didn't have that physical closure. And although I know I'll meet her again on the other side of eternity, it's so hard to let them go on this side. My mom reminds me that each of us in the family carries pieces of grandma with us and she lives on through us. This is true and I want to cherish both the memories of her and the things she's given me. Please pray for my family as we mourn a beloved 'family stone'.