But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blowing Bubbles (and other aquired skills) plus a prayer request

Gracie again
The boys: David on left, Seth on right, Will behind
Seth and his good buddy Walter (he lights up when he sees Walter!)

David laying train tracks. He's put all these sections (5) together!
 The prayer request is for Seth. His appetite has really plummeted in recent days. I know he's fighting a mild cold, but he can't afford to lose any weight. He already looks noticeably thinner, so would you please pray for his appetite to increase so he can regain the weight he's lost, and for us to be wise and diligent in helping him eat nutritious, fattening foods?! It's so easy to forget to add fat to everything he eats because I'm so frantically trying to just get the food on the table for the other babies too. (Oops, did I just call them babies again? Oh well, my great-grandma used to say they are babies until they are 3!)

"Never were there two such perfect sisters"

 The title of this post is from an old song, and while it may not be strictly true (they do squabble on occasion) I sure love it that Gracie and Marcie have each other. They laugh at each other and cling to each other and enjoy each other so much, it's just precious and touching beyond measure! They make up their own little games and love to have the other one around, especially at nap time.

 They really do share amazingly well! In this case, it's a Noah's Ark book:

21 months ago . . .

Seth just home from the hospital, late January 2013, almost 6 months after his birth. He's at the 9 o'clock position, with Gracie, David, Will and Marcie clockwise around the circle.
 And now!:

I know, I just posted this in the last post, but I love the juxtaposition! Seth again at the 6 o'clock position, with Will, David, Gracie and Marcie clockwise around the circle

Late January 2013 again:
Marcie, Will, David, Seth, Gracie

And this past Friday:
Again, from the last post: Marcie, David, Will, Gracie, and Seth

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Darling faces

Great photo! Thanks to Deb of the Friday play dates. Seth looks a little zoned (but gorgeous), and all the others look so happy because they love the toys and games and kids around! L-R: Marcie, David, Will, Gracie, Seth

A reprise of the circle photo we took when Seth got home from the hospital late Jan 2013. Starting at the top, clockwise: Grace, Marcie, Seth, Will and David
Peek-a-boo Gracie! #1 

Peek-a-boo Gracie #2

Peek-a-boo Grace #3 Her new words/sentences include: Another one! A new one! Please help! No, mine! She's become a bit of a warrior princess in looking out for her own good and not just letting the others steamroll her. I'm glad she can stand up for herself. She's still so tiny compared to the rest, although she eats the most, it seems!

Marcie, Kaitlyn and Gracie together. Three beautiful girls!!
Laughing Will: He burned his hand a bit on Gavin's motorbike exhaust and kept telling me the story for days: "Daddy car hot, owie!" [He calls the motorcycle "Daddy's car"]

Will, David, Seth (Seth can really rock a shape-sorter! He can even do that hard red and black Tupperware one with 10 or so shapes on it. He just loves it!)

Will with his temporary "mommy" when we were in Cairns (an older photo)

The kids are looking out for each other more and more, meeting and even anticipating each other's needs. If one has something another one wants, he/she will start to smile and nod as a way of saying, "Sure, I'm happy to share!"

Marcie likes to be a little mother. She was trying to wash the other kids in the bath tonight, and she wanted to brush Gracie's teeth for her. Gracie was a good sport. She also was determined to push Gracie on the swing, even though Gracie didn't want anyone but Mom to push her. (David got in on that action, too, and was definitely the best pusher.)

Gotta run! Love to you all,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fruit snacks, TV, helicopter

Enjoying fruit snacks from Aunt Carlene. I think fruit snacks are their new favorite food!

Gracie wanted to feed Marcie some of hers. You can see Seth's wound from being hit by a wooden swing.
The kids are very keen to sit on these little side tables. They are watching All About Cars.

Sitting in Gavin's helicopter

Our computer is back! And a picture of the Leedahls

After a long trip down and back up the Purari River, our computer, passports and camera are home safely, praise God. Which means I can blog again more easily! And have pictures to post. :) Those will have to come later, though, as Gavin needs the computer.

Quickly, here's a picture of Jon and Adie Leedahl (for the story and their blog address, see our previous post) from when they were taking care of our kids during our own very tame medevac. They are beautiful people, inside and out! Their boys are precious, too. Thank you for your prayers for them.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pray for our friends, the Leedahls!

Hello all.  Sorry for the long-ish silence.  It's been a pretty rough and emotional last few days.  We arrived home on Monday evening to our kids who were pretty happy to see us, though they had been more than well cared for by our awesome friends!

Jon and Adie Leedahl were some of the many who cared for our kids in our absence.  Jon is a fellow airplane and helicopter pilot with New Tribes Mission who was training here with our flight operation on the Kodiak airplane, one of which NTM is soon to be receiving.

Unfortunately, on Wednesday, just after departing the airport to come home to Ukarumpa, he was in a motorcycle accident that injured his legs severely.  I arrived on the scene just a few minutes after it happened.  Carrie and I were able to trade off being with him and Adie for almost the whole time from when he arrived at our clinic until the airplane took of the following morning to medivac him to Cairns, Australia where the closest critical care unit is.

Sadly, the damage to his right leg was so severe that the doctors had to amputate it above the knee.  The right leg is mostly damaged in the foot, but they won't be able to address those issues for many days because he needs to recover from the trauma of the event as well as the amputation.

They have three wonderful boys, whom we have been able to care for some, along with some other friends.  They will go down to Australia soon to join Jon and Adie.

Needless to say, the Leedahls would appreciate your prayers in many areas.  As a fellow pilot who depends on my arms and legs for my vocation, I can only imagine what is going through his mind and what he's struggling with.  This will indeed change their lives tremendously in ways they likely don't even know or understand, but they are firmly focused on the Lord and the good that He will bring about through it all.  Many verses from Romans 8 have kept coming to me over the past few days.

They have a blog where they have been posting updates.  The blog is www.theleedahls.com and they are also at this link on Facebook where the posts are often more recent.

As for me, I've been perfectly normal (at least as normal as I typically am) since waking up from the procedure to remove the food stuck in my esophagus.  Thank you all again for your prayers.  Though technically life-threatening, my situation just pales in comparison to what the Leedahls are dealing with. 

Carrie and I had a wonderful several days of time together in Cairns, but it's good to be home with the bunch of munchkins, too.  They're cute.

I would post some pictures, but our computer along with our passports got temporarily lost, being treated to a boat ride down the Purari River in the bush.  We dropped some people off there on our flight back from Oz and they accidentally took it with the rest of their luggage.  Fortunately, they are coming out of the bush on Monday, so we should be reunited soon.


Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones