In a few weeks - we are taking Harper for her first trip to the beach. I can't wait. However- I realized today that she only has one swimsuit and she has almost outgrown it. Oops. So we headed to the mall this morning to look around. Yeah - It's August. What was I thinking? There are plenty of sweaters, leggings and boots. But no baby swimsuits. (or adult suits for that matter). So I've been shopping online this afternoon.
And speaking of trips - I have something VERY exciting to share!!! I was asked by Compassion to go with them to El Salvador in November and blog about my experience! Of course I nearly said no because there is no way I could leave Harper. But I decided to pray about it. And I just really felt like God was pushing me. I also really feel strongly that if my blog is going to be read by a lot of people - then I want to use it for a good purpose. And that purpose is to share my faith and to help encourage and pray. And I feel very strongly about Compassion and the work they are doing to help children so I want to be apart of that! We sponsor a little 5 year old boy in Nicarauga named Richard. He writes us the sweetest letters and our money each month is helping him to go to school, have enough to eat and have a chance at a good life. We will sponsor him until he is 18 and my prayer is that because of Compassion not only will he have a better life for himself but he will come to know the ONE who is the giver of Life. I can't wait to go and see children like him who are being changed by the work Compassion does.
And Scott is going too!!! We will probably cry and miss Harper every second and I can't believe I am actually going to be away from her but my parents are going to keep her and trust me - she will get WAY more love and attention from the two of them than I ever give her in one day and it's only for 5 days. One of the most important things I can give Harper as a mother is to show her compassion and love for others and that doing God's work is NOT a sacrifice but something we love to do. She will never know we are gone but hopefully she will grow up knowing how much we love Jesus and how much we want to serve Him. AND how fortunate we are and how it is so important to share everything we have with others.
So I hope that in November you will pray for us as we go and I can't wait to share with you everything that we experience!! GOD IS GOOD!
(Since curious minds want to know - I had already planned to try and wean Harper by 9 months and she will be almost 10 month by the trip so it should work out fine. I always thought if I could just do 6 months - I would be happy. And it's been easy and wonderful and I love it but I also think 9 months is kind of what works for us.......)(I know everyone feels different on the subject - but I have found in motherhood that the "best" answer is just what you decide for you and your child). :-)