Wednesday, September 10, 2014

doorbell angel

At 3am this morning the doorbell rang. Alarmed, I woke up and tried to rouse Travis to come and check to see who was at the door at this unusual hour. He muttered, "It's probably nothing. Just the funny electrical wiring that made the doorbell ring." Since we live in a house that is over 100 years old, it was a reasonable thought that wonky electrical wiring would make a doorbell ring randomly. But since the doorbell is one of those grand ones that chimes a long chorus and it was the middle of the night, I was awake. And he was going to be awake with me!
When we opened the door, no one was there. However, I noticed that my car door was opened. Closing it, I wondered if we would have to call the neighbor to jump start my car (since Travis's 27 year old Land Crusier is currently up on blocks). And then I went back to sleep.
This morning, I checked the car. Battery works! Hooray!
I told the story of the middle-of-the-night-doorbell-which-awoke-me-to-close-that-door-so-that-we-can-now-drive-our-car-to-school story to the kids. Lillian, my tender heart, said, "Mom, I believe that an angel rang to doorbell to wake you so our battery would not be dead. Isn't that awesome?!"
"The  heart that serves, and loves, and clings, hears everywhere the rush of angel wings."
I pray that my heart would first jump to conclusions of God working everywhere and anytime.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

photos with updates

Maybe my favorite part of the summer: Fresh Key Lime Pie from a farm stand on Edisto Island
Hanging out with the Mancini children
Travis with his best friend from Furman days,  Captain Doctor John Mancini
The conversation went something like this:
Amy: "I always buy lemonade from kids selling at a lemonade stand."
Travis: "Look at that dirt floating in the cup. That is precisely
why I never buy lemonade from kids at a lemonade stand."
Amy: "I never said I was going to drink it."
Fourth of July fun with cousins at the beautiful Edisto Beach
MKs from different continents but the same silliness
After much hard work during "Daddy Sports Camp" Lillian and Patton mastered RipSticks! Aidan loves being pushed during outings, making up for three years of never being in a stroller.

Chemo breakfast: pumpkin pie. In an effort to keep his weight up, I will feed Travis anything that sounds good to eat!
At the CHOA infusion center, waiting for the helpful poisons.
And after the helpful poisons...
As we were driving back from the CT scan and waiting for the results, this beautiful and broken rainbow was a sweet "God wink". He has sent rainbows in some pretty important points in our life. Thankful for this one!
A surprise visit from Kevin B, the founder of Christ School Bundibugyo.  A little reunion of CSB Board of Governors! 
Aidan keeps life light!
Aidan was so glad to finally meet his littlest brother, Abner Benjamin Sol Stevens!
The four Bundi Blondies!
Finch getting Aidan's contact information in his new iPhone

The Johnson Clan gives Highlands NC ice cream a thumbs up!
Bella gave birth to eight healthy puppies!
So cute! 
All in new homes across Uganda...like these two in Jinja with their mother Bella.
The Tuesday Treat Ladies Strike again! This time with Father's Day golf cupcakes.
A visit with the Bundi-Bound Wheeler Family was truly bittersweet!
Aidan and Miles playing trains.
I added this one to document my best attempt at laying train tracks, not quite my specialty, but I tried!
Patton at his belt test for Karate.
With his best buddy, Sam
Reunion with Jacksons and Jacksons
Sweet friends through the years! Now eleven kids strong!
First Day of School: feeling much more comfortable and connected
Tuesday Treat Ladies: this time ice cream cupcakes!
African-sized spider makes my Lilli happy!
Lilli's birthday wish: to have ice cream with a few girlfriends.
Her second birthday wish was to have an archery-soccer party with make-your-own-pizza and a birthday pumpkin pie on camouflage forest plates with zebra print balloons. A birthday party as unique as my 9 year old girl!
A happy family

A girl with a gift for archery
A true sportsman
And our little warrior
Three trunks of books from Nashville folks to the Bundi folks through Books for Bundi!
Lilli keeping up with the boys in soccer practice, the beginning of a new school year.

Monday, June 24, 2013

month in photos

Aidan with his fabulous preschool teachers, Mrs Lisa and Mrs Paulette
Patton shares his kindergarten portfolio with Travis on the last day of school
Patton loved his PCA kindergarten teacher Mrs Braddy!
Celebrating the end of school at Dunkin Donuts!
A visit from Elisa, my good buddy from teaching days
And Eric (with Chad and Travis)
First baseball game ever!
Shucking corn, a summertime rite of passage that we love!
Picnic with nephew Elliot and long time friend Jill, our nutrition friend from Cali
Sweetness: a surprise visit with Mary Rushton
American Girls trip with Lilli's best girlfriends (though she was very confused why dolls need so many clothes!)


aidanisms

While Lilli and Patton were in Nashville for the (chemo) week, Aidan enjoyed attention as an only child. It is not that he does not normally make his voice heard, but maybe we are just listening more.

I left when Aidan and Travis has just begun to watch pbskids.com. When I came back, Travis was asleep, so I had no idea how many episodes Aidan had watched.
Me: "Aidan, what are you watching?"
Aidan: "No comprendo."
Apparently, he had been watching spanish cartoons!

Travis: "Aidan, I think you are getting so much bigger! I think you have grown another foot!"
Aidan, looking at his legs and feet: "No, daddy, I only have two feet!"

Aidan noticed that a his little friend who has very dark skin has parents and siblings that have very white skin. He asked why.
Me: Yes, your little buddy was adopted into a new family because when he was very little, his mommy died.
Aidan: Oh no! Did she die on the cross?

We took Aidan for a day trip to Edisto Beach. The trip there was beautiful and we passed many u-pick farms along the way. To entice him to leave the beach, we started the conversation:
Us: "Let's go buddy! We get to go to a farm where you can pick."
Aidan, confused: "Pick what? My nose?"