Our Blessed Life

Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's the Little Things

A few months ago, I had a startling realization while standing in my kitchen getting dinner ready.  I don't know where it came from, but I suddenly thought that Anton and Lena might be of the age where they had already lost their first tooth.  It made me incredibly sad that after missing so many "firsts" in their lives, that I would have missed this one too.  I instantly began hoping that they would not lose their first tooth until they were with Mommy...

Imagine my utter amazement yesterday when I was walking Lena back from the bathroom at the orphanage and heard her gasp... and then looked down to see her holding her tooth in her hand.  She was just as surprised as I was!  She didn't quite know what to think at first, so we walked her in to the head doctor on campus, who reassured her, and then we saved her tooth for her and took lots of pictures to commemorate the occasion.  All the while I was thanking God for His kindness in allowing me to be there for it... We almost didn't go to our afternoon visit yesterday, but I am so, so glad we did!  I was finally there for a "first"!  It's the little things!

She stopped admiring her new grin long enough for Papa to take a picture.

Gaping Hole
We also have been having better visits with the kids since we moved our normal meeting place from the big playground to this little cubby area with a picnic table.  There doesn't ever seem to be any groupas meeting here, so we've commandeered it for Team Hazleton Headquarters.  So we've been able to sit and draw pictures together, enjoy snacks, and play in a more focused environment.   It's the little things.

Anton is so serious when he's working on a project
The local mall here is AMAZING.  I've never been any place like it.  It literally has everything we could possibly need including a huge supermarket, McDonalds, a fantastic pizza joint, an ice-skating rink, a very cool fountain that Carson loves to watch..... and a great toy store!  We bought the kids some washable markers (after making the mistake of purchasing markers that were definitely NOT washable) and a little package of rulers & protractors.  I couldn't have imagined the fun that the kids would have with these.  It's the little things.

Lena love for her Daddy to show her how to do new things


  • At 11:46 AM, Blogger Micah said…

    My momma-heart is just beaming at how God KNOWS the desires of our hearts. He knows them... even the smallest things and it is so precious when we see Him grant us those desires. <3 so glad He saved that first tooth for you. :D

  • At 11:53 AM, Blogger Jarröt said…

    The serious Anton look at the picnic table is one of my favorite of all times!

  • At 12:02 PM, Blogger Lydia Lonon Miller said…

    Praising Him with you in the little things!
    Love it!

  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger DanieLauryn said…

    So happy you got to be there for a "first"!

  • At 12:34 PM, Blogger Jessica said…

    When I read the part of your email about Lena's tooth I said, "Praise the Lord!" and then ran to tell Josh! God is good. It truly is the little things. Alik overheard me telling Josh about Lena's tooth, so when I turned and told him, he said, "I know." lol

    Keep the pictures coming! Alik loves em! :) So does Joss, except she yells, "JOSSLYN!" everytime she sees Lena. LOL

  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger Nan and Dan said…

    so so sweet!! :)


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