It's been a LONG time since we've put anything on our blog. That should be some indication that it's been a busy few weeks. Here's a little idea of what we've been up to.
The big event this month was Kaitlyn's fourth birthday. She chose to go to the zoo in Bloemfontein. Her favorite animals were not the monkeys and lions but the snakes and eagles! We invited Aunt Muriel Louw (the lady we stayed with when Steph and Kristell were in the hospital) to go along with us. Uncle Attie was away teaching agriculture. We had a lot of fun!
Kristell is growing and getting more fun every day. She weighs more than 11lbs now. She doesn't like to lay on her tummy which is good motivation for her to turn over. She's succeeded several times now. Steph is almost sure she was trying to laugh last night. This morning she tried again, but she just can't seem to get the sound out. It's cute to watch!
Of course Steph's main thing in life is being Mommy to two girls. Kristell is a bit more fussy than Kaitlyn was, so Steph is always busy. Somehow she managed to do this butterfly birthday cake for Kaitlyn between everything else. It turned out very nice.
The big project in my life lately has been working on the tabernacle at Ha Matala. There was a group of six volunteers that helped on the project, so I mostly had to coordinate things and make sure materials were there. We had several really hard days of work together, and the project is on hold for the moment waiting for more money. We hope to finish up at least one side before Christmas. Being field director also comes with its challenges and responsibilities. Life is never dull for sure!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
It's not often that I (Glenn) have free Saturdays. Usually there's either a meeting or a funeral to attend. Last week was an exception, though. So we all worked in the garden. Steph's mom left money to buy flowers for a flower bed along the sunny side of the house. We put in marigolds, petunias, moss rose, alysum, snap dragons and a couple others. A lot of them will either reseed themselves or survive the mild winters here. It looks nice. Thanks, Mom!
My major focus right now is the tabernacle at Ha Matala. Between money that came in through Hope International Missions and money raised by the church in Lesotho, we have enough to build most of one side. I think as people see progress they will be encouraged to give more. We poured the foundation on Friday and hope to start laying the blocks Wednesday next week.
Kaitlyn will turn four next week. Her big interest is still reading and writing. The other day I coasted through a stop sign on a back road in Ladybrand. She read the sign and made sure I was aware of my mistake! It seems like she's grown up so much in the last 4 months. Sometimes she acts so mature, like an 8-year-old, then a few minutes later she has dissolved into tears like a two-year-old.
Kristell is almost 15 weeks old now. She picked up a cold a little over a week ago. It seemed to just hang on and we were afraid it was going to settle into her lungs, and she would get worse. The doctor prescribed antibiotics, and she's mostly over it now. She's getting more alert and putting on a lot of weight. She started out almost off the bottom of the growth charts, but now she's around the 30th percentile. Thanks for all your prayers!