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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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Mother’s Day

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Yesterday I realized that about this time a year ago, we were driving to the ER. I was 6 weeks pregnant. We hadn’t told anyone yet as we had just found out a few days earlier. That very evening we were picking my mother up from the airport and had planned on breaking the news over dinner. On the way out the door, I noticed something was wrong and we wrung our hands about whether we should go straight to a hospital and leave my mom to grab a taxi or if I was overreacting to a little spotting. I cried most of the way to the airport. I was so scared that I would lose this baby, too. We decided to share the situation with my mom and she insisted on going to the ER. There, we heard the heartbeat for the first time. It was a reassuring yet frightening sound- yes, the baby was alive, but for how long? The next few weeks we prayed and prayed. It had been a year since we had lost Adam, six months since we decided to try again, one week since the excitement of a positive pregnancy test, and now, it seemed, my body had betrayed me… again. We were lucky that we had no more complications after that and Zach was born healthy and strong. He is our rainbow after the storm of the last two years. This Mother’s Day, I think of all the mothers and mothers-at-heart waiting for…

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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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