Levi weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz. and was 19 ½ inches long. Now 11 months old, Levi is crawling, climbing and getting into EVERYTHING! More than Lena ever was at this age. He continues to bring us so much joy and happiness.
Lena and Levi enjoy playing together, except for the occasional, “Mommy! Levi is looking at me.” Yes. It has already started.
|Open house at Aloha Christian Preschool|
Lil' Lena gets jiggy with it during Aloha Christian Preschool's Christmas program. Kinda.
|Missions work trip in Vicente Guererro, Mexico with Welcome Home Ministries|
Garth preaches on occasion, when his shift at Delta Airlines allows. We love the people whom God has called us to serve.
|NW Wilderness climb to the summit of Mount Adams|
Garth organizes and leads hikes, scrambles, and adventure expeditions all over the Pacific Northwest, as he does with our ministry students. Combined with his leadership, love for people, and passion for the outdoors, his aggressive-leaning hikes often fill to capacity. This role also allows him to explore wild areas that would be too dangerous for hiking with Lena or Levi (or me!).
Garth also ran in the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon with some Delta coworkers.
|A tutu-clad Garth with Delta coworkers, after crossing the "Finish Swine" of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon|
|Dublin, Ireland- A few days before Saint Patrick's Day|
I flew home to the U.S. early, and Garth continued on to meet some friends near Belfast, Northern Ireland for a couple more days.
|Northern Ireland: Garth and a few friends from Australia cross the rope bridge over to Carrick-a-Rede, on their way to the Giant's Causeway|
It was this Ireland trip that first brought out the separation anxiety that I get from being away from the L’s. But I really enjoyed uninterrupted time with Garth!
On that same trip, we also visited the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.
Lena loved seeing all the animals up close, and Levi was too young to care.
We also took the kids on our annual Hamilton family camping and water ski trip at Banks Lake in Coulee City, WA.
In addition to these overseas weekends and international family getaways, we sometimes take domestic trips as well. For example, a few months ago Garth blogged about taking Lena for a Daddy-Daughter day trip to Seattle.
|Daddy-daughter airplane ride|
|Hiking Georgia's Stone Mountain before catching a flight to Rome, Italy|
With only a couple of days left, I encouraged Garth to stick with our original plans and continue on for the planned Saturday night out with friends in Rome, Italy without me since he had a couple of extra vacation days.
We are blessed by a faithful God... May each of you feel His love this blessed [Lenten] season!
Garth's blog will return next weekend with a book review of "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed, followed by updates from our latest hikes and overseas trips!