Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer has come and gone

Well, as you can see, I've been a little too busy to post anything on this blog! We have had a crazy but wonderful summer, mostly filled with youth group activities. Three highlights were:

  1. My family got to go to Camp Highland again. Sophie enjoyed it even more than last year. It was a blast! Sophie had lots of fun with her friend Jack and all her "Big Friends" (the teenagers).

  2. I was able to go on a mission trip with the teens this year. It had been two years since I had been able to attend one. Two years ago I was on maternity leave during the summer, and last summer Sophie was still just too little for me to leave her for that long. Leaving her this year wasn't easy at all... but she was well-loved and cared for by her Daddy, Lala and Papa, and Mimi. She was also old enough to talk to me on the phone, which made it easier to feel connected. We talked every day and she could actually tell me what she did that day. Most of the time it was playing with one of her many Daddy treats she received while I was gone - a tee/softball/bat set, a kite, and a slip and slide. :) Anyway, I got to go on our trip to Houston, Texas. Our group worked with a church there who puts on a summer program for children in the downtown area. The program is top notch. It was a blast to watch our teens love on these kiddos. A highlight for me was working with the kids during the reading time. They spend 1 1/2 hours each day on reading, with an all summer volunteer leading each group. Even though its not the favorite time for the kids (obviously) it is cool to think that they are gaining a skill that is so crucial to being able to succeed in school, in life. It was a rewarding and inspiring experience.

  3. Sophie Day was June 9. That is the day we celebrate when we got to meet Sophie for the first time. It was an amazing day and I sometimes can't believe how much she has changed. I recently looked at some pictures that were sent to us from our agency just before we went to pick her up in Ethiopia. They are pictures of her in the foster center, including one of the nannies feeding her. I thought I'd include some of those pictures just in honor of our two year "famiversary".