Thursday, July 26, 2012

A piece of my heart...

can always be found in India... with little sweethearts like these! Isn't she a doll? One of the children enrolled at Ark of the Rainbow.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy 11 month birthday to Reese

I can't believe this little sweetheart is almost a year old! She started walking on the 4th of July. She loves her pink bunnies and splashing in the pool. Her favorite foods are blueberries, tofu, rotisserie chicken, clementines, and shredded cheese. We have to watch her closely because she will put absolutely anything she finds in her mouth (especially paper!). She's a very happy, smiley, easy-going child (she must get that from her Daddy) and her teachers absolutely love her. We feel very blessed to have such a spectacular kid!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Lounging at the Lakehouse

We finally made it out see Kelley and Carl's new lake house... and it was amazing!!! They definitely have created my dream lake house. It was like staying at the most comfortable 5-star resort, in a totally beautiful setting, just 90 minutes from here. We enjoyed delicious BBQ that Carl had smoked on his Green Egg, made yummy breakfast tacos, took in some gorgeous boat rides while people "surfed" and tubed, jet skied, splashed around with Reese the Loredo and Garner kids at the neighborhood pool, and just RELAXED with dear friends. It was perhaps my favorite weekend of the summer!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Exciting Family News

Baby #2 is going to be a BOY! It will be so fun to have both a boy and a girl. We are thrilled! Our little guy is due the 1st week in December.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Ark of the Rainbow opens its doors

After a lot of answered prayer, Ark of the Rainbow opened its doors this month, and already has 18 children enrolled! The school is located in one of the Bangalore slums. The Christian-based program is intended to provide a jump-start to formal education for kids who otherwise could not afford it. Enrolling these children in school means that their parents can both go look for jobs (and much needed income) to support their families. We've spent the last few weeks getting the school equipped with class materials and kitchen supplies. Over the next few months, the preschool classes will be expanded, and the school will offer Bible Study classes and a Girls Club (the equivalent of Young Life + life skills + human trafficking awareness program for teen girls).

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Reese starts walking

Reese took her 1st steps on the 4th of July. It was so exciting! We were at a party at our friends Janelle's and Mike's house when it happened. She was a bit of a late crawler (8 months old) but an early walker (10 months). I guess she was just ready to take it to the next level!