December has come and gone. Many birthday celebrations occurred–for Jesus, Hannah, and Josiah! We had a wonderful season joining with the Christmas worship and joy of the Rabat International Church and thanking God for two of our children that are now a year older.
Hannah, our baby, is now nine! We had a wonderful birthday week going ice skating and to the Rabat zoo. She admitted to me the day after her birthday that she really didn’t want to be nine. I empathized and told her a story of when I didn’t want to turn 13 and grow up, how I wanted to stay a kid. She interupted and told me that she actually wished that she was older than nine and that she didn’t want to be the baby her whole life. I laughed and she giggled–I sure misread that one!
This is the only ice skating rink in Morocco and boy did we have fun! We could practice turns and backwards skating because it was almost empty. I love being with Hannah–she has both the energy and sensitivity that make her a very joyful girl.
Josiah, who lived for only two days in the 20th century, is a hearty 14. He is a gem, with both the ruggedness and agility of his dad and the tenderness of his mom. I look forward to seeing his interests develop more this year.
We have an annual gathering with two precious families after Christmas. With 19 people total, it’s always a party waiting to happen! What a perfect way to celebrate a special young man. Here’s the group after playing a few games of American football on his birthday.