Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Liam's New Bed

Last week a family we know from Welkom moved to Zambia. They were moving to a furnished house, which allowed us to buy a few pieces of furniture for ourselves and The Village. Liam ended up with a set of bunk-beds. He was super excited about getting a 'big' bed. The timing was perfect because the week before Lindie learned how to climb out of her crib, but in a rather uncontrolled manner. While we were waiting for the bunk-beds, Lindie took over Liam's toddler bed for safety reasons and Liam slept in the crib because he could climb in and out without difficulty. Liam thought it was great fun sleeping in Lindie's bed-so it worked out fine.

Liam received Thomas the Train sheets and blanket for his birthday so he was all prepared to have a new bed.

{Helping daddy put his bed together}

{Halfway Done}

{Yeah, Liam is very happy}

{Job Well Done}
{Lindie checking out the top bed, even tho she still sleeps in the toddler bed}

Baby #3 Update

Our family was planning on leaving for a holiday today but poor little Liam was sick throughout the night so our plans changed a bit. We are still hoping to leave tomorrow for our holiday. Liam seems a bit better this afternoon. We are praying he will be up to traveling tomorrow and that we get a good night sleep tonight before heading out for a 10 hour drive. Since we are home today, I have a bit of time to blog. {Yeah, that doesn't happen often anymore}

We had a baby doctor appointment yesterday and everything went really well. We got new pictures of the handsome baby boy. Per the ultrasound he is registering at a nice size and he is very busy inside. Even tho I did not need an ultrasound to tell me he is a busy boy.

{Hand & arm in front of his face}

I am now 24 weeks and this is my baby bubble.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Village Update

A lot of progress has been made since my last blog (about 6 months ago) about The Village. I'll try to keep it short and let the photos do the talking.

March 31 our first children's house opened and Mama Lizzar, Lerato and Monica moved into the new house. It was a busy and exciting day. Much of April was busy just getting housemothers and kids adjusted to life.

The end of April started our steady stream of visitors and family. Stephanie, Brian's sister, and Jennifer joined us for 15 days.

We had a great time with them and Liam loved all the attention. They were also a big help finishing up painting projects, organizing a lot of items in the container, making inventory lists and spending time with the Village kids. They also helped us celebrate Liam's 3rd Birthday. Aunt Stephanie and Jennifer made Liam a Thomas the Train cake-it was pretty awesome.

Mid May brought us 6 visitors- Aaron and Tommy stayed for 3 weeks, Allison and Michelle for 6 weeks and Louie's brother Tim and sister Rosina stayed for 3 months. Allison stayed with our family and we enjoyed her greatly. Just about 10 days after their arrival we were joined by another two guys who are medical students, Taylor and Matthew. They spent the majority of their time volunteering in the ARV clinic and at the government hospital. When they weren't busy playing doctor they helped with construction projects and kids at The Village.

During May we added two babies to the house. Baby Amohelang joined us when she was just 3 weeks old weighing 1.9 kgs (4.1 pounds) and 3 days later baby Tumi came. He was 6 months old weighing 19 pounds-so the exact opposite of our little peanut.

In early June our last 2 girls for the house joined us. Motshidisi age 17 and Dieketseng age 15 are sisters and have been a delightful addition to The Village.

As I finish up this post, the second house for children is ready to go. The beds have been made, the kitchen items are stocked and our housemother is eager to start. We actually thought 2 children were coming last Friday but the social worker ended up finding relatives for the children. So we are praying for the children that the Lord has for us to take into our next home. We are anticipating this house to be for boys.

{Started in mid-May and completed by August}

{The house is complete, just need a picture}

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lindie Turned 2 years Old!

Yesterday we had a wonderful time celebrating Lindie's 2nd birthday. I remember when Liam turned 2 he really didn't understand that it was his birthday. But I'm pretty sure Lindie understood it was her birthday because Liam has been prepping her for the past few weeks.

Her special day started with birthday chocolate chip pancakes. After breakfast we opened presents from family. She had fun opening gifts and she even shared with Liam. After all of that it was a usual day until the afternoon.

Together Brian and I made her cake. We planned on making a castle cake and had an idea of how to do it and I asked Brian to help me trim the cakes and make them flat. Well shortly after he started helping he kinda took over and pretty much decorated the entire cake by himself. We had a lot of fun working together.

Around 3:30 our friends started coming and we enjoyed the yummy cake, popcorn, candies and juice. Of course the kids had fun playing with toys and making messes-we had about 9 kids here.

We always miss our family on special days like this but we are thankful for skype and video chats to help us share the day with them.