In early November, Isabelle had the opportunity to travel to Bangladesh to visit a children's home we have supported for many years which in turn allowed her to interact with 420 children and meet our three children whom we sponsor. She went with her daddy, grandma, grandpa, a great aunt, a second cousin, an uncle, and a cousin who is about her age. From the 24hrs+ of travel, new foods, new language, the heat, 11 hour time difference, and the flurry of that many children wanting to touch your pale skin and play with your blonde hair- it was quite the experience! For our timid observer it was a stretch for her personality, but she did well after acclimating a couple of days. She served the children meals, helped teach a song in chapel, danced Bangla, went to 'school' and learn some bangla words and writings, delivered gifts to sponsor children, played games of uno and double dutch, was the ultimate playmate, little sister, and even big sister to the children. She showed God's love with a child like faith to the 'least of these'. Her dad and I are so proud of how she handled herself and are so thankful she could take advantage of the opportunity.
We squeezed in some good schooling in late November before Thanksgiving, but then early December we were off on a vacation with extended family. 18 travelers in all, including 8 kids under 10 and an 84 year old great grandma. While I was tempted to do journalling or keep my eyes open for great learning opportunities, I decided that this field trip needed to be about just enjoying each other. We watched our girls play in the sand, go down the watersides, and swim in the pools. By being free to encourage and get excited with one another, Izzy finally warmed up to the idea of swimming independently. We had done swim lessons in the summer which did not go over well (screaming and gnashing of teeth would be an understatement) but she was capable. In her own time, she finally did it, swam across the pool, and was on her way. By the end of the trip she was doing cannonballs and triple somersaults underwater in one breath.
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