Lena has a new friend. Brenya is a couple of years younger than Lena, which is perfect. Lena is glad for the chance to be a helper and is also glowing, having a younger friend look up to her. Plus, this two just play very well together.
Anyways, Lena has been wanting to have a picnic. She’s decided it’s perfect weather for it, and she’s right. She had one with her babysitter the other day, but I forgot to give them a picnic basket, so it was not exactly the vision in her head. That same day, we got together with her new friend and they decided that they wanted to be princesses together. Then, I found the beautiful light and open field where I took the photos of Lena from yesterday’s post. And, everything came together.
The picnic was really her idea, and I tried to give her as much control over the execution as possible, helping me with the choices for food and making sure we brought all the picnic necessities– a blanket, napkins, PB&J sandwiches, potato chips and carrots. She helped me pick out the dress, and I did her hair. She was so excited.
Meet her friend Brenya.
Can you tell that these two just adore each other? Late in the evening, I heard Brenya say, “I love you.” And Lena immediately replied, “I love you, too!”
It was perfect. On our walk home, Lena raved about what a wonderful time she’d had. I loved that. Not sadness that it was over, but joy that her night went just as she wanted.
We have a regular dinner date with some friends of ours. We hit it off with them the first time we met. Gus and Adrian weren’t part of our families yet, so it’s extra fun to see how all of the kids play together now. They get along so well and I’m always thankful for the adult company.
[Lena got these glasses as part of her Sonic Wacky Pack. The suit her. I’m calling her Looney Luna Lovegood, which I consider quite a compliment.
This little man doesn’t always keep up with the big kids, but he enjoys when he does.
As if fun times weren’t enough, I also enjoy the ease of bedtime after all of that running around.
Third snow day of the week.
The kids did, at least, have a friend come over for part of the day.
And that’s about all that happened today.
This post is going to be a bit unbalanced. Which kind of suits my day.
First, I have two prayer requests for you:
- A friend’s 9 year old daughter was just diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a kiwi. She will have surgery to have it removed next week.
- My uncle, still very ill.
Both of these things are so heavy and sometimes I find it hard to be a parent AND process the hard things. I might feel sad, but as a mother of young children, sometimes I feel like there is no room for that. Someone always needs me. Life is always so busy.
We also got to spend some time with a friend tonight. You might remember him– he came home from Ethiopia shortly before Gus came home.
These two don’t see each other often, but they pick up right where the left off.
The way he is reaching up to hold Lena’s hand… so sweet.
I’m singing “I’m so, I’m so tired” to the tune of Yo Gabba Gabba’s “I’m so, I’m so sorry.” Because, I didn’t get home until 3am last night. Doing what you ask?
Well, you have probably heard about the programs where you can host an orphan for the holidays or during the summer. The children also need adults to travel with them and the adults need a place to stay, so we are hosting one of them. He is from Ukraine and will be with us for at least two and a half weeks.
All of these families have hosted these children before, so there were lots of teary reunions.
Our Ukrainian guest was exhausted today, so we did not see much of him. After all of that travel with many kids and all of that way, I can’t blame him!
Lena brought this adorable, neatly wrapped present home from school today. It was wrapped in a paper she painted, and on the ribbon around the package was this adorable little ornament that she had made. Because a 6 year old cannot wait a week to open a present, we opened it today. So cute!
If you enjoyed Monday’s post of Gus faces, here’s another photo for you:
Like many toddlers, Gus has a clear preference on which parent gets him seconds. You can see the disappointment in his face when Aaron gets up from the table.
Why? Well, I’m headed to the airport to pick someone up. Anyone want to guess who? We have prepared our guest bedroom so here’s a small clue.
…and since that text is super tiny, I will just tell you that the top part is in Russian and the bottom part is in Ukrainian…
Today, I’m thankful for my friends. I have tried to come up with some brilliant words to tell you how much I adore my friends, but I can’t. Everything we’ve been through in the past few years has shown me what it means to be a friend– not by my own actions, but by all of the love I’ve been shown. I’m thankful for the friends who stuck it out with me and for the friends who got to know me in the middle of all of the craziness that is my life and love me anyways!