Judson has been calling himself a pre-teen ever since he was 7 years old, much to our amusement. Last week he officially reached that status when he turned 12! So we’re trying to prepare ourselves for the inevitable reality. Our cute chubby babies turned into adventurous children and now one is threatening to grow into a gangly teen. With his brother following close behind. I’m not at all ready to say goodbye to their childhood and always feel sentimental when looking at old pictures…but I guess I’ll be doing the same thing in a few years when looking back to this stage. So the secret is, enjoy today 😊
Judson’s birthday supper.
Judson was part of an Art and Craft fair here in Mbeya. Quite a few of his art pieces sold, which made his day!
There’s a small zoo close by and Jeshua, if you can tell by the look in his eyes, was quite enthralled by feeling a snake around his neck.
Amy had her 7th birthday last week too. She’s very active and has officially become her daddy’s mountain climbing companion as she shares his love for strenuous challenge and has the energy to boot!
We are so blessed with fresh produce here! It seems these mountains are the garden of eden of Tanzania…
Gladi is almost 4. It’s been since September that she’s seen her mom, but we’re happy to be in phone contact with her again and we hope to take Gladi to greet her in a few weeks. We have no idea when her mom will want her back or if she ever will, but it seems either way her little life will be sadly unsettled as we’re not able to adopt her. But we’ll give her love and stability for as long as we can!
Kasia Grace is 12 weeks old today! She’s just now reached Winston’s birth weight so we’ve had a newborn for a very long time now. She’s getting very alert and sociable and we’re looking forward to seeing her grow past newborn size!
Having a visit with her daddy
Winston is very impatient to start 1st grade. His two years of preschool and learning to read are over and he’s so happy to finally have books and lightunits like the others.
In these intense years of parenting I’m incredibly grateful that the spirit of God that works in me will work in my children as well. Parenting is a life giving thing… from the conception of babies to training of children to watching a teen learn how to fly on his own. And it doesn’t have as much to do with the nitty gritty of table manners or muddy floors as it often seems. But it’s all about showing our children Jesus and living as He lived. Living as He lived in a world gone wrong. God help us be strong and uncompromising.
Ted Tripp says, “We must equip our children to function in a culture that has abandoned the knowledge of God. If your objectives are anything other then “mans chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever”, you are teaching your children to function in a culture on its terms. Our objective in every context must be to set a biblical world view before our children. Our children must grow to see that real living is experienced when he stands before God and says, “whom have I in heaven but you? And being with you I desire nothing on earth.” If this is what you want for your children then you must ensure that the content of everyday life fits this objective.”
The culture around us panders to a child’s desires. In going places, doing things, and satisfying their lust for excitement. But we, as followers of Jesus, get to show our children a different kind of excitement in loving and serving Him. A life worth living.
Cheers to every mama today!