Wow, trying to sum up everything that happened this summer could fill endless pages… So I decided to just post some photos that speak for themselves 🙂 Our summer break started at the end of May and we spent most of it at the MTC, while Frieddy was able to work on campus for a few weeks. This was especially nice because our visas do not allow us to get jobs off campus. The biggest highlight was of course the arrival of our son Linus! We are so thankful that everything went well and we are so thrilled to be a family of four now! Just like Ben Elliot, Linus had trouble with his digestion for the first months of his life. After a lot of visits with his midwife and his doctor, many sleepless nights and trying to figure out what could help him, he is now feeling much better. Praise God!
We also loved spending a whole month with my mom, sister and youngest brother who came all the way from Germany to visit us! They were such a big encouragement to us and we soaked up every minute that we spent talking and having fun together! Ben Elliot turned two in July and we had a fun little birthday party for him. We spent lots of time with friends and also as a family. Ben Elliot is talking a lot now, both English and German and often at the same time, haha… 🙂 He loves tractors and diggers, the pool and the lake, helping in the kitchen and reading books. Linus smiles all day long, except when he does not – usually when he is hungry or tired… They both love to go on walks. Ben Elliot loves to run around, and Linus usually sleeps through the whole thing in the baby carrier. Frieddy and I had a pretty good start into the semester, although Linguistics does not come easy for both of us. This semester has proven to be one of the hardest so far, considering the time we need to spend studying but also the adjustments for us as a family to a much tighter schedule… God has been teaching us a lot of different things. But I will post more about Ling in another blog entry. Enough for now, before I really start to fill endless pages…
It’s story time! Ben Elliot enjoys the last days that he has Mommy and Daddy all for himself… 🙂
Setting the table for some friends that were coming over.
His favorite pool game was playing “fish”!
Reading books is much more comfortable with a pillow on your head…
Some more reading…
This was on the day Linus was born, June 20. I went to see the midwife for a check-up and ended up staying right there. We are so thankful how God worked everything out, because her office is 1 hour away from the MTC.
Everything went well and our precious son was born at 9:19pm! God is so good! 🙂
Ready to go home a few hours after he was born.
Ben Elliot meets Linus for the first time! (I apologize for the bad quality picture, but it was difficult to capture this moment since he was sooooo excited!)
My midwife came to check on us at home.
A day after Linus was born, my family came to visit. Here my brother Daniel meets Linus for the first time… 🙂
Story time with Auntie Salome!
Time with Daddy 🙂
Out on our first walk, showing my family around.
Sharing a frappucino 😉
Every time we went somewhere, the boys were looking out for dear. Finally we saw some!
Ben Elliot and Daniel. These guys had so much fun together!
Fun on the playground
On our way back. This little boy was so tired he fell asleep while eating a cracker.
I know this is funny since we’re Germans, but we still enjoyed the 4th of July fireworks!
My mom with my brother and Ben Elliot.
A DIGGER!!! Most exciting for little boys…
Hanging out at the lake
An uncle and his nephew 😉
They both wanted to hold on to my moms hand 🙂
1 month old already!
Ben Elliot turned 2 towards the of our time with my family. We had a little party for him with some friends form the MTC.
Happy Birthday Ben Elliot!
Daniel really liked his birthday hat!
One more day in the pool before my family left.
The three of us 🙂
It was almost impossible to get a good picture of these two boys 🙂 Here we are at the airport, waiting for their flight to take up.
My mom with her two grandkids.
My Mom and I
Time to say goodbye! It was sad to see my family having to go back Germany. We had such an amazing time together!! So blessed and thankful!
Calling Oma and Opa in Germany 🙂
We had so much fun at the beach!
Frieddy coming home after work. Ben Elliot had waited for him all day!
Brothers! I am so excited to see them to grow up together!!
Trying out his new apron…
We made countless trips out to see the diggers this summer.
That’s our family!
2 months old!
This is a few days after the semester had started. Johanna (and Linus) working on homework for Linguistics 🙂
Linus had a lot of problems with his digestion and we spent many nights rocking and holding him.
Ben Elliot, can you smile?!
In his carseat
“Mommy, fun!!” Cooking together is one of the most exciting things there is!
And more diggers….
Brothers hanging out together
Spending time with friends! This is Hank, our sweet friends’ Jake and Ally’s little son and Ben Elliot’s buddy. So excited to have them here at the MTC with us now!
This was on a family hike. One of the last really warm days.