And then to the new life - last night a member of our church, Alo, was blessed with the birth of a healthy daughter!!! You may remember (or not) some 5 or so months ago me writing about her parents telling us she was pregnant (outside of marriage) and the decision of the family for her not to pursue a marriage with the father of the child as he was not a Christian and was known for getting drunk fairly often. It has been wonderful to see how her family, and the church community, have rallied around her. It is also wonderful that the Lord has now given her a child and that she has a loving family around to help her raise this child. They were so thankful that all was well and called us bright and early this morning (6:30) to say the baby was born (they had already called us the day before to tell us she was in labour). I picked them up from the hospital this afternoon and brought them to their home, thus getting the privilege of holding a brand new baby!! Ashlyn came with me and was enthralled. As we drove up to their house the rest of Alo’s family all came running out excitedly to see the baby for the first time (they all stayed home from school for the homecoming!!). That baby is going to have many wonderful people to love her to bits!! Here are some pictures of her gorgeous baby!
Alo and her daughter
Ashlyn and Leanne (the baby's Aunty) look on in wonder
And in school life...recently Shiana and her whole class got to go on two excursions in two consecutive weeks. The first one Andrew attended - to the fire station - but he left the camera sitting on the bench at home!! The second I attended - to the local hospital - but I gave Shiana the camera to take the pictures.....hence the best shot is the one below!! They visited the Physiotherapy department and the Women and Child support centre and had a great time (they got to push eachother around in wheel chairs!)
...and then in social life... Shiana has another new friend at school (pictured below). She is the daughter of the school's new principal. They are from NZ originally but have spent the last few years in the UAE in the Middle East. Shiana's friend and her brother came to play for the day last Saturday (Shiana played at her house on Friday afternoon) and their parents came over as well at dinner time so we could all enjoy eachother's company...
This little girl pictured below lives in our compound and is a major part of Ashlyn's social life. Her mother is from PNG and her adoptive father is from Australia orginally. Would you believe that her name (I am not sure if it is her official name, but it is the name the call her all the time!!) is Blondie!! How far from blonde can you get? Anyway little Blondie is quite at home in our house and will wander in periodically looking for Ashlyn, always ready to play. She is a sweetie, though, and always politely calls "bye" and leaves when I tell her it it time for her to go!