Jon the great turned eight on Friday.
Saturday, Jon was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It was an awesome day. The kids sang in English with the chorus in Spanish — “Tal como tierra limpia cuando acaba de llover, yo quiero compartarme bien y con mi Dios volver.” Very moving and so memorable to experience these life moments in a foreign country.
After the baptism, Matt took Jon to pick out his birthday present:
Also on Saturday, we FINALLY got our van back from the body shop — 7 WEEKS after the accident. Please don’t ever complain about things being a hassle in the U.S. It’s all a matter of degrees, right? I’ve never been so happy to see a vehicle in my life.
Just after I learned the word “milagros” we heard about this one. I was sure those poor miners were dead by now. Our God is a God of miracles. Truly. Click on that link to see the joyous pictures — has this been in the news much in the U.S.? Very big news here of course, and Matt’s company has been at the site helping drill.
Mary and I keep hearing this sweet song on the radio — does anyone know it? Three guesses why we like it. I can’t post the real video — did you know that not only can websites tell what country I am in, but lots of content is blocked because of licensing restrictions? No Pandora, no Hulu, no “official” videos on Youtube. Annoying. But this is a good news post, so whatever.
Final piece of good news? My dear, dear sister-in-law Jill is pregnant! This is a milagro too, as some of you may know. Makes me miss my family, though!
On all counts, we are just bursting with gratitude around here. And hopefully, I’ll find time to keep sharing the good news and the adventures.