I realize that it has been almost 2 months since Ted and I left for Panama on our first missions trip since we have had kids. I never did write about it because life got really crazy when we got home. For starters Jenna and Quinn went through some weird separation anxiety that we had not seen for over a year or so. Apparently having mommy and daddy gone for 13 days will open up a lot of their old scars. We were a little concerned about this happening while we were gone but they did great at Ted’s parents house. However, even now Jenna is very upset if daddy does not come back from work when she thinks he should be home. But it is becoming less and less so hopefully it will be back to normal soon.
Anyways, our trip to Panama was great. We were able to speak in about 7 public schools during the day. After our little presentation we played with the kids. In the evenings we would go to smaller churches and Pastor Brad would give the sermon. Each night a few of us would give our testimonies or at least parts of them before the sermon. We also do a lot of praying with the people. I am not a person who has ever felt comfortable praying out loud for people (I blame my Lutheran up-bringing) but I did a lot of it. Still can’t say I am comfortable with it but I can do it so that is a plus.
We did get to do a bit of sight seeing down there. I can now say I have been to 2 man-made wonders of the world: the Panama Canal and the Great Wall of China.
I was amazed at how big those boats were and how little extra space there is in those canals. I think this boat hit the side and we felt the ground shake beneath us. I don’t know if this is true or not but someone said that in every boat that goes through the canal there is an average of 100 children and women in containers being forced into the sex industry. Just thinking about that fact made me sad and kind of sick to my stomach. I wish there was more I could do or even have something I could do but I think like a lot of people in the world they don’t really know what to do so they don’t do anything. Unfortunately I find myself like that with a lot of issues. It is frustrating.
Something that happened state side while we were gone….THAT I MISSED…. was Ryan lost his first and second tooth at Grandma’s house. I was bummed. I am a stay at home mom and have gotten to see all the firsts for the boys. And here I miss not just the first but the second also. While texting Ryan about missing this event, his reply was, “don’t worry mom, I have more teeth I will lose.” True enough Ryan but I still felt a bit bad. At least I know life will continue.
About 2 weeks ago we celebrated a very special day. The girls Gotcha Day. They have been with us for 3 years now. It seems so long ago when Ted and I were in China holding the girls for the first time yet the emotions of that first day are still so vivid that it seems like it was yesterday. Over these 3 years we have struggled with sleep issues, attachment issues, language issues, learning issues. Medically we have dealt with so many ear infections you can’t count, 3 sets of ear tubes that were suppose to help with countless ear infections but sort of didn’t help, lip surgeries, palate surgeries. It has been a long road, a road that we did not travel very gracefully. Even with all the bumps that we have traveled Ted and I feel very blessed to call these two ours. They have taught us a lot about ourselves, about being parents, about unconditional love, and about faith in God. As they continue to grow I hope we can teach our kids some of those same lessons we have learned these past few years.
Luke had a birthday a few weeks back and I am finally getting to posting his birthday interview.
How old are you today? 8
Describe what type of person you are? A good friend, smart
What’s your favorite color and why? Orange because I like the sunset.
Who is your favorite person in the whole world? Shelby Bomsta
What do you want to be when you grow up? Same as daddy, an electrical engineer.
What’s the hardest thing in your life right now. Being nice all of the time.
What is your favorite thing to do. Building Legos with Ryan.
What are your favorite foods and drinks. Orange crush and my favorite food is my sandwich that I invented which is a turkey and jelly sandwich dipped in apple sauce.
What is your favorite books/movies. Book: Magic Tree House Series Movie: How to Train your Dragon
What do you not like? Vacuum
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Visit Spain to see where Lucy and Asi live (our two summer foreign exchange students. Lucy the sister came last year and Asier the brother is here right now).
What do you want for your birthday? LEGOS!
What are you most excited to do as you get older? Stay at home by myself.
On Monday we had a very busy day. We had to take Quinn to the Cranial facial Clinic for a scope procedure. I don’t remember the exact name. Quinn has some nasal leakage when she talks which means that her palate is short and not working correctly and it is affecting her speech. Anyways, the doctors were going to stick a camera up Quinn’s nose, through her nasal cavity until it was on top of her soft palate. It is suppose to be pretty painful. I then have to calm her down so that she can talk normally. This procedure is suppose to help us understand how Quinn’s palate is functioning so the doctors know how to fix it in another surgery. I think this is how Quinn felt about the procedure.
Let’s backup to the day before… Sunday….there was a call for healing at our church. Ted and I took Quinn forward, not that we asked for healing but we wanted prayer to make the procedure go smoothly, that Quinn was able to handle everything and the doctors get the information that they needed.
Back to Monday….. my dad went with us because as he dropped Quinn and I off at the University, our foreign exchange student, Asi, was landing at the airport. I felt a little bad that I was not there but I think he was ok with it. My dad and the other three kids head off to the airport for Asi. Jenna thought she was very special because for once she was not having to go to the doctor. She was on the very important mission of picking up Asi, her new best friend.
Meanwhile, back at the specialty clinic, Quinn and I check in and start talking with the speech therapist.
After about 5 minutes of having Quinn say different words and sounds, the doctor and therapist look at each other and shrug their shoulders. The doctor walks off. The speech therapist tells me that there is hardly any nasal leakage today and that they would never do this procedure on a child this small with the amount of leakage she has. Which means more then likely we will not have to have another palate procedure, well at least not any time soon. We will see how everything grows and stretches as Quinn gets older.