My little Elias turns 9 months old today. Astonishing isn’t it? How did it go by so fast?
In his 9 months of life he has visited 9 States (ID, UT, OR, WA, NV, AZ, IN, IL MI), flown on an airplane 5 times, been to two countries (U.S. and Mexico), lived in two States (ID and AZ). I did not fly on a plane or leave the U.S. until I was 14. He is going to be one well-travelled little man! I am so grateful that he takes in all in stride…for the most part.
Happy 9 month birthday my sweet little love!
Oops. I dropped the ball and totally forgot to post my weekly favorite photo. But better late than never, benar [right]?
Elias has become a rocking good eater of solid foods! That’s my boy. Here he’s eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (Plus a few Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunches and one stray Fruit Loop). It’s a messy business, but what’s a little mess when you’re 9 months old?
In other news, we are headed to the Chicago area this week to hang out with my family for a week. It’s supposed to be in the 20′s all week. We’re gonna freeze! Last month we were at the beach…next month we’ll hopefully be at the beach again. So why not make a neat little cold weather/beach sandwich?
It’s looking like we’ll be heading back to Indonesia in the middle of January. Because of ticket prices, MAF doesn’t want to send us to close to Christmas. On the plus side, we should be in Arizona for the birth of our new niece! Yay!
I’m declaring today Throwback Thursday. I know, so original, right? But I’ve been remembering back to our days in Indonesia…wishing we were there now. So, journey back with me, will you?
Two years ago today, I was flying along with my hot pilot hubbykins into Doufu.
I know this was only two years ago, but it feels like a lifetime ago. A lot has happened since then!
Here’s a shot from that day that you never saw:
I wonder what life will look like two years from now!
It had been decided. We will be in the U.S. for Christmas. To be honest, we have mixed feelings about it. We are SO excited to have another Christmas with our family but we are itching to get back to our life and ministry in Nabire.
On another note, some friends of ours are currently staying in our Nabire home while they are in town for some meetings. They sent us this picture from one of the local grocery stores:
What is this madness?? Starbucks Frappucinos in Nabire? It’s like we’re going home to a whole different city!
Also, there is now a movie theater, a camera store and an authorized Apple dealer on island (not in Nabire…but still, on our island!!) I can hardly believe it.
So excited to get back, but trying to enjoy the U.S. while we can.
So, it rained in Phoenix. I know, right?? Rain. In Phoenix. It happened people. Since we are moving to the tropics where there are basically two seasons: Rainy and Less Rainy, we thought we would expose Elias to rain now. HE LOVED IT! He crawled around happily for awhile. And then he came inside for a warm bath.
P.S.-Really quick visa update: we’re still waiting. Next week will decide if we are in the U.S. for Christmas or not.
We have so much to be thankful for this year!
*Our son. A year ago today we never would have guessed that we would have an 8 1/2 month old by now! God is amazing! And, somehow we ended up with the very best baby.
*Our son’s birth mom. There are not enough words in the English language to express how grateful we are for her. She chose to give our son life and she chose us to parent him. We are beyond blessed by her.
*Our family and friends. We have loved having this extra long time in the U.S. to spend with our family and friends! Not to mention the new friends we have made (what up Idahoans!!). Everyone has been so encouraging and supportive of us during our time off from the field. Plus they have poured out love on our little baby boy. (I mean, one look at that little face, and there’s not much more you can do than love him )
*MAF. This little org that we work for has been so amazing through this adoption process. Not many jobs would allow you a year and a half off from your main job so that we could adopt. PLUS, MAF is full of wonderful people who take care of so many details so that we don’t have to worry about them.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your year has been blessed!
Whelp, another week has come and gone and we still don’t have visas. Sigh. Sometimes governments don’t work on my timeline. But, God knows. He knows exactly when we are supposed to get home.
In the meantime, I have the cutest baby on planet earth. Um, like, for reals.
He is a boy of many talents: balancing a water bottle on his lip, for example. He is also a crawling machine and has managed to grow the most beautiful eyelashes I’ve ever seen (why do boys always get the pretty eyelashes?)
Do we love this kid, or what? So blessed!
If you live in the Phoenix area, please join us for a dessert at Miles’ and Terri’s home to hear about our life in Indonesia on Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m.
The obligatory lime-face photo from our trip to Mexico! (just got home today from a quick 4-day trip to Mexico with Nathan’s parents)
Don’t be fooled by the photo; he went back for seconds!
We have just received word that our visa application is out of the DGAC (Indonesian FAA) and is moving on to the next step! Yay!
Hopefully this means that we will be back in Indonesian within the month.
I’m dreaming of ocean breezes for Christmas!!