Visiting Lalibela

Visiting Lalibela

Monday, August 23, 2010

What a weekend--

We had a really good weekend around here, with lots of fun, running, swimming and family time. Many lessons were also learned.

The kids all did amazingly well in their first cross country meet. I think every one of them knocked at least 30 seconds off their mile time. It was so much fun to be on this side of the cross country race, cheering for them to kick it in!! I'm so encouraged by the coaching they're receiving, the encouragement from older runners and coaches and the friendships that all of them are developing. For the first time since moving here, I feel like "WOW- I can't wait to watch my kids grow up here."

We took the kids swimming yesterday and no one hurled in the pool- SUCCESS!!! They had a great time and it was fun to see their excitement. Gavin is now trying to swim on his own. Swimming lessons x6 should have us pool safe by next summer.

Elli came down with Strep yesterday, so we're cleaning everything in the hopes that not all 9 will get it. Fortunately, we were at the doctor's for Leah's last Rocephin shots (ouch!) yesterday, so she was diagnosed quickly. I think she's on the mend.

Communication seems to be our biggest hurdle and that's where we need the prayer support of many. Gabe and Hallie seem to be picking up English very quickly. Leah and Micah are working hard, but it doesn't come as easily as it does for the littler ones. Today is a great day of trying, though, as Micah and Leah have already done a lesson in Rosetta Stone English for the day. We start school tomorrow and they are all anxious to learn.

Our new van is here in the driveway. It will be really nice for loading everyone up at once. We do the little, "Get in the Makeena" dance a few times/day- It's nice to have a "BIG MAKEENA!"

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