Hj’s sister came for a few weeks to visit us, all the way from Holland. She brought her little daughter Feline along, as well as her friend named Rosalie. They arrived on koningsdag, the day when the king’s birthday is celebrated in Holland, so we got to start their visit off with festivities!
They went on lots of adventures and the kids got to play together to their hearts’ content and maybe even beyond. 🙂 There are plenty of things to do around the Springs, and they even spent a weekend with our friend in Estes Park and explored Rocky Mountain National Park.
Feline’s birthday was a few days after they left, so we threw an early birthday party for her and Ellie, who will turn 4 next month. It was so interesting to hear them communicate, in English and Dutch, sometimes figuring it out and sometimes getting frustrated when they were trying to pretend a story.
More recently, we had some of my family come visit! It’s very hard for me to fathom, but those beautiful women flanking me are my nieces. Last week we were having tea parties and swimming in the Pomeroon River and this week they are old enough to cut their own pancakes! The rest of their family was here too; I just failed to get pictures.
This is the other day Andrew’s were visiting– we took the train up Pike’s Peak and stopped halfway up where there was still enough snow to make a snowman. Adam found that amusing, it seems.
While Martine was here, the SOBE (School of Business and Entrepreneurship) started. I am staffing that school, which means I am in class every day with the students, sitting in on the lectures. We have 13 students from around the world and it has been a delight to get to know them and their visions!
Most days, this is my view from the back of the classroom. I’m learning so much from each of our knowledgable speakers, as well as from the students. Meanwhile Hj is at home with the kids, being humble and loving and sacrificial and cheering for me every day!
I have organized a series of summer art classes for our campus. It has proved to be a really profound experience and we have encountered Jesus in every lesson! Yesterday after the art class, I found one of the older students in a corner weeping at what God was revealing to her through the process of creating.
I spent Mother’s Day weekend in Washington DC with a number of friends and family. These 3 beautiful women came with me all the way from Colorado Springs.
We were there to pray for God to move in the Supreme Court, that we would see an end to abortion in our country very soon. It was a really powerful, beautiful time. It is such an honor to stand as humans and pray for LIFE.
This year we circled the Supreme Court seven times, praying for seven different areas that relate to the abortion industry and fatherlessness. My faith was renewed and the flickering flame of hope was fanned in my heart.
We spent an extra day sightseeing in DC, as the ladies traveling with me had never been there before. I had seen the city plenty of times during the day, but seeing it at night was a whole new experience which I loved! It felt even more grand and majestic than normal.
At the end of every day, I am so grateful for the little family I get to call mine. Before bedtime, we like to sit in a circle, hold hands and talk about the best parts of our day, as well as the sad parts. Adam’s favorite part of the day is usually, “when Papa came back.”
Ellie Adam (typed by Ellie!)
I asked Ellie to write the captions for these photos. She says, “These two pictures are for God and Jesus, one funny and one happy. Did you know the devil hates pictures?” Those are little undies on her head, which she discovered work great as a head covering.
Ellie spent the last 2 months in our preschool here on base, two mornings a week. She loved it and will be going again in the fall. Adam misses her a lot on those days, and sometimes I think how ironic that having two kids at home is so much easier than having one.
I’ve been reminded lately that 2-year-olds are about the most charming little creatures in the universe. I feel like I have my own little show to watch every day as he discovers the world and language and his own opinions.