|Waiting for the 6:30 a.m. flight!|
|Everyone watching the airplane land!|
|Heading home from the airport.|
We got them home just in time for breakfast! We had fried potatoes, eggs, yummy bread, and fruit salad!
|First Breakfast with Grandpa and Grams!|
|S. enjoying his gifts from Grandpa and Grams.|
|Ruth with her Polly Pockets!|
|A. getting a doll from Grams.|
Thursday morning we went with them to our local market to buy groceries. After naps, Rudi and I took Daddy and Mama by the CDA baby house to see our kiddos, S. and A.! Daddy was able to show one of the volunteers some of the baby exercises he used on us when we were babies!
S. was pretty upset when we left. He didn't want to let go of me and kept saying, "I want to go home with you." It was like the time we had to leave him at the baby house almost a year ago. It is very hard to walk away when he is crying out for us... Please pray for him as he waits for our adoption to be completed. We all are super ready for him to be permanently at home with us, and he is especially ready.
|Daddy showing Shana some baby exercises on baby B.!|
On our way home from dinner Daddy commented that he was enjoying Bolivia much more this time around! I think it is because our house is a lot more comfortable, and since we know the city so much better now we can take him where we know he will enjoy himself! We had only been here six months the last time they came...
|Dinner at the La Estancia.|
Friday afternoon, Emily went with her friends to help clean the capilla (where the Saturday Horita Feliz is held). She ended up going to dinner with them afterward and then helping grade first grade papers at the English speaking school where our friend, Danyelle, teaches. The rest of us took Daddy and Mama to the Botanical Gardens for a walk! It was a lovely afternoon and evening to be out and about in the city.
|Enjoying the Botanical Garden.|
|The kids with Grandparents, sin Emily!|
|Such lovely couples!!|
|Waiting for ice cream!|
|Grams with Ruth and Paula on the train.|
|"Hanging Out with My Parents"|
|Grams and Clancy|
|Grampa, with Paula in the picture behind.|
Sunday we went to our church at Km. 0. A team was visiting from upstate New York. Some of the folks in the team had grown up in Argentina. I got a real kick out of hearing their Argentinian accent that makes all their "y" sounds have a "sh" sound instead! So they were from Nueva Shork. The message was about hearing the truth, speaking the truth, and living the truth. It was a timely message for all of us. Rudi translated for Daddy, and I translated for Mama. We got it into our hearts double! It has been great to have a better command of the language this time and to be able to host Daddy and Mama better because of this.
After church we went out to Tia Techy's for Chicharron. My mother had requested that we eat this sometime when she was here. Tia Techy makes the best Chicharron, so of course we had to go! My parents are really sporty, because it is not fancy where Tia lives. You also eat the whole Chicharron meal with your greasy fingers. Not the most elegant of circumstances!
|Chicharron in Tia's front yard!|
|Tia Techy serving Chicharron|
|What everyone wants to eat the MOST! Seriously!|
Would someone tell that pig it has something in its nose!!
|My parents with our Tia Techy!|
My parents enjoyed the park and the short hike we took.
|The lovely couples, once again! This time at the Pairumani Park!|
|My sweet family... only missing my three "chocolate" kiddos:(|
|Paula hiking down to the car!|
|My parents enjoying the great outdoors!|
|My budding chefs, Ruth and Clara.|
Yesterday, we went to the orphanage where the sibling of S. and A. lives. We are, Lord willing, adopting this little guy as well. For various reasons they have not moved him to live with his older siblings at Casa de Amor. This is the first time that our whole family has gotten to see/meet him! Rudi and Emily had met him once before. We wanted my parents to meet him, also. The people at this orphanage do not know that we are adopting this little boy. It was so good to see our little "Peter." I am as madly in love with him as I am with his older siblings. It makes it very hard to wait when you have a face with the name! Even though he had a cold and looked quite sick, Peter seemed more in personality like his sister A., easy going and peaceful! He looks a lot like his brother S.!
We had a good time loving on the kids here at this orphanage and sharing some music with them. Hannah went with us. It was great having her along! I know we'll be going back soon to this orphanage...
|Our family in front of the orphanage's sign! Thanks, Hannah!|
|Clara with Peter before his bath.|
|Emily letting one of the little boys play her ukelele.|
|Enjoying holding my little boy, Peter! He eventually fell asleep in|
|The girls and Grams enjoying Peter!|
|Playing music for the kids!|
|Ruth and Peter|
After leaving the orphanage we went by our favorite Bible bookstore. Next, we dropped Hannah off to catch a truffi back to Casa 1, while we went on to lunch at the home of one of the elders of our church. Mario and Helen are good friends of ours, and we wanted our parents to get to know them while they were here this time! Helen is from Scotland and Mario is Bolivian, but speaks English with a wee Scottish accent! My parents really enjoyed their time with this lovely couple. Not only was the food delicious, but the company was wonderful as well!
|Lunch with Mario and Helen!|
That sums up the highlights of the first week of my parents' visit! Of course, there have been lots of games played and laundry done and all of that everyday stuff, too! I will try to give you a weekly update of their time here... At least I have gotten around to doing the first week!