Last week, I took a little break from blog reading and commenting. Noah and I spent the week at my parents’ house back in Mississippi while Michael Luke went to the Dominican Republic on a medical mission trip with a group from Christian Medical Ministry of Alabama (CMMA).
I really wish Noah and I could have gone with ML to the DR. We thought about it for a few minutes but decided it would be quite challenging with Noah still nursing and needing a couple of good naps a day. So we decided to stay behind this year. I have gone in years past, and even though I can’t help medically, I have had fun helping with the children’s ministry and evangelism.
For the second time, ML went as a physical therapist provider. Which basically means he went as a licensed physical therapist and had a few students working under him. This trip was a little different than in years past because instead of doctors, nurses, med school students, physical therapy students, and physical therapist, it was just the PT students, PTs and a doctor. So instead of going out into the villages and setting up clinics like we have in the past, they got to go to a local hospital and nursing home.
Hopefully, ML will be able to share more about that later. I know he had a great time, and it is always such a blessing to visit with the people there and have the opportunity to offer physical healing as well as spiritual healing. He had a great time (besides the last night when he fell off the top bunk and busted his head on the porcelain tile floor) and is already looking forward to the next trip (possibly with Noah and me).
Noah got to swim in the pool for the first time. Well technically, it was more like sit in a float and be pushed around the pool. But she kicked her legs the whole time she was in her little float. She just might be a natural swimmer… who knows?
She definitely rocked the polka dotted sunglasses and hat though.
We also went as my mom’s guests to her end of the year garden club party.
It was a Southern women’s version of a picnic in an old barn turned entertaining area with lots of chicken salad to eat. Yum!
Thankfully, ML’s parents got to come visit one night. They were so excited to see her… especially since she is getting really mobile creeping all over the floor (apparently this is the belly crawl before the official crawl).
My parents made numerous trips with Noah in the wagon up and down the driveway.
It’s amazing how much that thrilled her. There might have to be a wagon in our future here in B’ham. And after we saw how much she loved the wagon, my mom and I took her to the mall so that she could ride the train. I can’t say that was ever on my list of things to do… but having a baby with you in a small train circling the inside of a mall definitely helps bring the coolness factor up a little.
Later in the week, we went to visit my grandparents where we were fed like kings and queens. I mean stuffed! And since I have practically zero will power, I pigged out on the cake and ice cream after eating two helpings of lunch! Thankfully, I weighed myself yesterday, and I didn’t gain any weight from all the overeating I did (it was a lot).
So even though we missed ML a lot, we had lots of fun this past week. What did you do this past week/weekend? Any big Memorial Day plans? Ours were pretty laid back. Do you have any mission trips planned for this summer?
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That is awesome that ML got to go on the mission trip again! Hopefully Andrew will get to go next year. Don’t know when Ruby’s first mission trip will be!
My mom has been in town visiting so we got to do a lot of fun stuff! We went to the Six Flags waterpark in Atlanta and Ruby had a blast playing in the water! We had a blast going on big slides while Grandma baby-sat! 🙂 We also went to the Georgia Aquarium and Ruby loved looking at all the fish!
P.S. I love Noah’s swim outfit!!! So cute!
Trista, it sounds like y’all had so much fun. I love waterparks! Maybe one year we can all go to the DR together. Her swim suit was a consignment sale find… I couldn’t pass it up for three bucks.
We enjoyed your visit sooooo much! It was great sharing the Firsts of lots of new things with Noah! Grandchildren are just wonderful!!!! Thanks for the week of fun!
What a great time it looks like Noah had in the pool. I’ve been trying to get my baby to keep a cute little hat on her head, and I can’t even imagine her with sunglasses, especially since mine seem to be her fave toy ever. Go figure. Just wanted to encourage you to explore missions with your baby. My husband and I return home after a 6 week missions stint in Italy, and our baby’s done exceptionally well. She adjusted to a 7 hour time difference in a matter of days, behaved like a princess on flights, and though she also still nurses, had a really good time ( I think..if only babies could talk.) Anyway, I’d highly recommend taking her if the opportunity arises. I think you’ll be amazed at how well it will go and how good you’ll feel about it.
Thank you for the encouragement. We definitely want mission trips to be something we do together as a family. Hopefully, we will all (financially) be able to go next time. It’s so good to hear how well your baby adjusted to all the changes. I’m sure y’all had an amazing time and were blessed by your time over there.
What a fun little week you had. We were lucky enough to visit the DR last year and absolutely LOVED it, the people were so lovely and the land was impressively gorgeous. And, too cute, the pic of Noah in the wagon. Shear joy!!
Thank you! I’m so glad you go to visit the DR too. It really is a beautiful country… and I am always blown away by the contentment of the people there.
It sounds like you had a great week! OMG that picture of her in her polka-dot shades and hat is just adorable!
Thanks! My mom got them for her. The shades are a little big but thankfully she doesn’t try to take them off. I’m sure she will grow into them by the end of the Summer.
That’s awesome that ML went on a mission. They are so rewarding! I have gone to Mexico, Paraguay, and Guatemala on medical missions. It’s been a while, but I definitely miss it. It puts the world in a whole new perspective when you get back!
It definitely puts everything in perspective. Every time we get back from a trip we start purging everything we have. Sounds like you have been to some pretty cool places on mission trips too. Maybe you’ll get to go again in a few years after the little one get bigger. 🙂
Sounds like you had a great bloggy break and wonderful weekend!
I did… it’s nice to have everything back to normal now though. I hope your week goes better than last week for you and that your step-dad’s health continues to improve.
How wonderful for everyone! I got to go with a team from Brookwood Baptist on a medical mission trip to Brazil several years ago. It was an amazing time; I’d love to go again.
Looks like you made great use of his time away. Those photos of Noah are just too cute!
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