Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mark This Day

Mark down this day as the day Joel willingly took (assisted) steps on his own! The fact that he's moving his own legs and putting one foot in front of the other is such huge progress for him. He still hates every second of therapy, but it sure is paying off for him. We are SO proud of him.

In other news around here, Raymond is still waiting for an operation. His breathing wasn't really good enough to go under anesthesia and the surgeon was fully booked, so he's taking frequent breathing treatments now while we wait to go to Lusaka. We're hopeful that we can take him on Monday and have the operation on Tuesday or Wednesday. In the meantime, he's hanging in there.
Raymond with Auntie Vi
I've been enjoying the company of some friends from my supporting congregation in Austin! Steve and Janice Fuller arrived a week and a half ago, and I've kept them busy! Janice has been loving on the kids and helping Abbie catch up academically. Steve has been helping us build a bricked-in play yard for the kids to run wild in without scattering like the little chickens they are. He's also been teaching an educational psychology class at the college three times a week. They have been a blessing to so many, especially me.

Janice and Abbie hard at work

Steve working with Cray, Royd, and Charles on the play yard

Steve and Janice with Paula, Irene, Mercy, Jacob, and Marissa

Besides bringing themselves and all their love, they also brought so many special things for me and the babies from them and others from the congregation! The kids have LOVED the new additions to language class, and I've been gaining weight by the minute with all the fun treats they sent me. I am so, so grateful to any of you who helped provide all this goodness for the babes and me!

One item they brought that the kids loved are new blocks. They have done so well with them!
Lizzy Macguire

Please continue to keep Raymond in your prayers as we prepare for the week ahead. 

Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

  1. So proud of Joel!!!! That is so wonderful!

    All of those girls look ground up! Its amazing what six months can do. They were toddlers and now they are little ladies!