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Our Crazy Summer – Mission Fundraising Update

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This summer has been a primer in “How to live a Crazy Life.” Zach went on his first plane flight with us for a family reunion on the west coast, and a few weeks later, his second plane flight, but to the opposite coast for another family reunion. He has started to master sitting and solid foods. We gave our first fundraising presentation at a church and this last weekend, we moved in with my fabulous in-laws so that whenever we are fully funded for Swaziland, we can just go. We sanded and painted the deck the last two days of the move. During all of this, Brandon has been working full-time and I’ve been taking care of our little one (who still wakes up 3-4 times a night- it’s a good thing he’s such a joy and blessing) For many folks, these might be normal events and milestones, but the space of time we’ve experienced all of this in made it simply exhausting. The most notable craziness has been the move. We are renting out our home, so many of our belongings could be moved into our unfinished basement. I know, it sounds simple, but we wanted to take the opportunity to purge and organize. We sorted our entire home into categories: Trash, Goodwill, Take to Swaziland, Long-Term Storage, Airbnb Usables (in case our renter moves out before we move back), Give to Friends, Mom, and Leave for Renter (Brandon’s sister). By the end, my brain was burnt out…

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10 Weeks Later…

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Today the little one is 10 weeks old! Zach is now 12lbs 10oz and 24.5″ long (90th percentile for height!). It’s so fun to watch him grow and develop- he’s been smiling for a month now, and boy, can he ham it up! My heart just melts. A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of dedicating him at church. Our church follows the example of Hannah dedicating Samuel to the Lord in 1 Samuel 1:21-28. Along with some other families, we pledged to raise our child in a way that honors God. Standing at the front of the church, I was just so filled with gratitude, knowing that God has entrusted us with this treasure we have long prayed for. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” 1 Samuel 1:26-28 This last Sunday we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. It was a bittersweet day as it would have been Adam’s 2nd birthday. I’m not sure that having Zachary made the day any easier than last year. If anything, having Zach now makes me realize just how much we missed out with Adam.  It does however make me treasure our time with Zach even more. It is truly an honor to be a parent and I hope Zach will always know just how…

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Welcoming Zachary Alexander Babb

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Meet Zachary Alexander Babb! It’s hard to believe we’ve been parents for a whole month now – the time flies by so fast. We welcomed Zach into the world on January 22. He surprised the midwife and doctor with his stats – 8lbs 3oz and 21.5″ tall. We are thankful that we planned to deliver at a hospital since Melinda needed an emergency Cesarean section. Zachary is perfect and Melinda is healing well. We feel very blessed to have so many friends and family help out. Both of our moms have stayed with us and have cooked, cleaned, and diapered for us. We want to thank our many friends who have kept us well fed- we are so grateful for your thoughtfulness.  Also, a big shout out to those that helped us get prepared through clothes, gear and other goodies. Everyone’s support has really helped us ease into parenthood. Though we definitely have had some challenging days, this first month has been joyful and peaceful. It’s amazing how we can so love someone who we’ve barely just met.  The late night feedings and diaper sessions are so worth it to have the privilege of being in our little one’s life. It’s been fun getting to know Zach’s personality- he is totally a snuggler and while he can’t smile on purpose yet, that hasn’t stopped his papa from trying to encourage it. Some highlights so far are hearing him laugh in his sleep, holding him as he tries to burrow into you for snuggles, and watching his legs go into the…

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