|Japanese Birthday Celebration|
|Birthday Party with the kids|
|Biggest kids and little kids|
|Britt made the cake|
|Isaac comforting Lydia|
|Steven Bush photographed Troy in a tap-tap that sits outside of our Haiti house|
In early July we took photos of Phoebe to get photo proof of her weak eye muscles. We've noticed an increasing problem along with a lot of depth perception issues. Both of her eyes shoot all directions throughout the day. She sometimes bangs her head into things due to the poor depth perception. She will be having surgery the second week of September on both eyes. I think we are far more nervous than she will ever be. Every time a kid of mine goes under anesthesia, I get a lot freaky. The specialist says she will experience amazing improvement and that it is a low risk surgery.
|Hope and Phoebe|
In late July I celebrated my birthday with all of my kids. It was a fabulous day. It started with meeting Britt and Chris at the YMCA to join a bunch of college kids to play water polo. The highlight of my morning and possibly the best birthday gift was when one of Chris's lifeguards said during the game, "Chris, your mother-in-law is persistent!" He could have said, "Your mother in law is
|3 months shy of 3 years old ~ Lydie Beth|
While we were in Iowa there was one speaking gig that was much more relaxed. Of all the times we've shared it was my favorite one. We sat sharing a bit about the things God has done in the 14 years Troy and I have been together and when Troy came to the spot in the story about the things he feels when he steps off of the airplane in the beautiful paradoxical heartache called Haiti - and how deep those feelings run - and how they don't make sense in some ways - he started crying. From that moment in the morning and for the rest of the time, it was basically a cry fest. There is no true point in my telling you any of that, other than to say what I already said. We are ready to go back.