Hi, everyone…it’s been a while since we have written and updated you on our
lives. I think I have a couple of minutes now while Jack thinks a big
orange balloon is cooler than me.
Today we experienced two firsts that were inevitable:
Jack clapped all by himself. He can now begin the process of congratulating
himself and others for the rest of his life.
I was asked if I had twins. Well, no, not exactly, it just happens
that one is 22 lbs and the other is 18. Yes, there is 19 month difference,
but the gap is closing fast, and the next trip to the Dr. will probably put
him in front. Soon the standard response will be, yes, one is brilliant
and the other is, well, not so brilliant. J
Life has gone by pretty fast lately. Jack continues to have a new diagnosis
every time he’s at the doctor. I don’t think we even wrote or told
anyone about the pneumonia he had about a month ago. I think we had
become certifiably numb. Jack being sick with pneumonia was about as
commonplace as taking out the trash. Since he’s been sick since Thanksgiving,
we just go to the doctor, nod our little heads, head to the pharmacy (if
by chance this particular ailment can be remedied with drugs) and start the
new regimen of medicine. He finished his antibiotics for the pneumonia
and about four days later, I said to Buddy, “he’s getting sick again, I can
tell”. We happened to have a well baby appointment (well baby, yeah
right!) a couple days later, and now he’s on another antibiotic for a sinus
infection. The fun continues.
Through it all, he’s been a trooper for the most part. At night, however,
both Buddy and I are ready to sell him to the lowest bidder. Thankfully,
during the day, his stock is at a premium, because he’s just so stinking
cute and cuddly.
Adrianne continues to be well, and very light, as you can tell from the 22
pound status. It’s actually very convenient because it’s much easier
to throw her around, do flips, etc. Her latest stage is demanding that
everyone, “Watch, watch, watch”. Apparently, one time I said to her
that “my eyes were glued to her”, and yesterday she informed me that “her
eyes were gluing to me”. I laughed. She’s putting so much together
these days. Even this week, it seems like she’s made language strides.
One of the ladies in my class was shocked that she even spoke at all (helps
that she looks like an 18 month old) and I thought “if this lady only knew”.
She brings so much joy to us.
On the ministry front, we have a lot going on in the upcoming month and a
half. It breaks out like this:
March 4-7: Jen gone to Tokyo for an All Japan Evangelical Ladies Conference
March 7: Small Group Overnight for Buddy
March 20-22: Bible Study Retreat
April 7-11: Shorebreak 03 (A high school Malachi-wide retreat that
we are involved with)
Some other irons in the fire that we would appreciate prayer for are:
-Getting our mission trip(s) together for the summer
-Thinking through and implementing a different Student Leader Training this
summer for the high school student leaders
I don’t know if we’ve told you that the Cadence missionaries that run the
high school ministry are leaving this summer. That could potentially
put us more involved with the High School youth, in case you’re wondering
why there are some high school events on the docket for us Junior High folks!
I better run. Jack is now attacking the vacuum cleaner and he usually
wins these days. The sun is peaking out, so hopefully we can go play
outside for a while before dinner. The days have been beautiful here
lately. My Mom said she was sending Adrianne a jacket and I thought,
“hey that will be her first jacket…she doesn’t even own one!” Couple
sweatshirts, but no jacket. :-)
Thanks so much for your prayers and financial support. We are very indebted
to you and can’t wait for you to meet the students you have changed forever
Love, the balmy Rathmells.