Angela and I took a short (less than 48 hours) down to Portland to meet out beautiful (quasi) niece!
She's is even more beautiful than I imagined!
Heres a few pictures of my cuddles with her!
Like I've said a million times over, I love her!
The hubby and I also have been getting chances to babysit my adorable nephew Cody! He's getting so chubby and adorable! He's smiling when I walk into the room now (I like to think that he knows me) and laughing tons!
He is a joy to our family and we are blessed to know him!
This lady? I LOVE her. (Notice the bump? Thats my little Claire Bear!)
This picture? I love this picture because it means precious time together.
This poor little one? Mom, auntie Angela and auntie Edolbina are mean and wanted a picture of her next to a pumpkin.
This look makes me heart melt. Best friends with babies? Be still my sentimental heart!
Do you see those cheeks! This picture actually makes my heart hurt. Oh how I love her.
This man? Well, he's just being adorable and spent time cuddling with the little one.
(Hes in love with her too!)
I am so thankful for every moment with Michelle and Claire. I know it is a matter of time until the only time I see them will be on skype. It is amazing to hold this little one, to see her smile and giggle. She's a product of Michelle and Spencer, two dear friends and I love her!
We made it to Mexico and back safely! We had a wonderful time, worked extremely hard and were completely exhausted by the time we got back. But it was worth it.
We finished the house!
What a blessing it was to hand over those keys.
The family was overwhelmed, as were we. Its always humbling to be used by God, such a reminder of His love and grace in our lives.
Heres our lovely team:
The sweet family that we built the house for:
The "house" they lived in before we built them one:
My amazing co-leader!
We had a "fun" day in San Diego before our flight home and I was so happy to see an old friend of mine. We met in Australia, where we were bunk-mates, and then spent 3 months in SE Asia together. It was so refreshing and exciting to see her!
Once we got home, we had 2 short nights in our comfy bed, then we went camping for the weekend with family, which I will talk about later.
OH, and while we were in Mexico?
This dear friend on mine had a baby girl!
Welcome to the world Claire bear, you are so loved already!
On the day she was born (Sunday) I just HAD to mark our work day somehow:
Tomorrow a friend and I are heading down to Portland to welcome Claire properly. It will be a quick trip, but I am so happy to be able to spend a little bit of time with Claire and Michelle.
I came home last night after a LONG 4 days away for work.
It was challenging and I have never been so glad to so my husband.
(He is so handsome after all!)
How do I sum up my week?
Hot weather and a broken air conditioner.
Time spent with a family where everyone smokes like a chimney, curses like a sailor and just generally yells at each other and hurls insults.
Did I mention that I get major headaches from cigarette smoke?
A heavy wheelchair that I got to push, a 6-year olds birthday party, where the parents smoked something OTHER than cigarettes, and a sleazy guy who hit on me constantly even though I told him I was happily married, over and over again!
Yup, that about sums it up!
But it wasn't all bad!
I found an AMAZING little shop full of delightful vintage items!
The owner has collected "treasures" all her life and then realized she has way to many (sound familiar?!) so she opened a shop!
I restrained myself and only bought 4 things (activated will power!)
A sweet TINY necklace, I think it represents gardening...
A funny dish, Im going to hang it in our kitchen!
(Notice how they are all blonde? Foreshadowing!)
This is for my sister-in-law. She loves white and old country charm. Perfect!
A random pillow with 3 bears embroidered on it! I have no idea where it came from or who made it, but I love it!
See? Self control!
Well tonight we get to see some of our very favourite people!
She is sweet, caring, an amazing cook and very pregnant!
(Pretty too! But no, she's not for sale)
He is smart, funny and likes to pretend he doesn't like me
(don't worry, theres adoration in his voice!)
and the littlest? Well, technically I haven't met her (unless you mean squeezing her womb "meeting"...) She will be along in the next 4 weeks, and I can guarantee that she will be just as sweet as her mom, and as smart as her dad!
The closest I have come was making an appointment when I was living in Perth, Australia.
I realized shortly after I made the appointment that I had VERY limited money and should probably NOT spend $200, especially since I had been sleeping on the beach to avoid paying a hostel for the night (another story, for another time).
The husband and I have been looking into getting something done, and these are some pics of ones that I LOVE. What do you think?