It is so hard to believe that the 17 month old baby we brought to Arequipa in 2008 is now SEVEN years old. Ana started second grade during her birth month, and Greg and I both reflected on some very vivid memories we have from second grade. This is a big year for her. She is well aware that it is her last school year in Peru, and I guess it feels like a blessing and a curse that she will have so many memories. A blessing because I want her to remember the wonderful people of Peru and the work our family was able to participate in, but a curse because I dread the heartache she will feel for when we leave.
We couldn’t be prouder of our first born. She is so tender hearted and loving toward those around her. She is a great helper in the house and especially with her younger siblings. And she is in a place where she reflects on the good she observes along with the evil. We enjoy her developmental process and all the questions she asks. On the flip side, she is 7 going on 13. We discuss at the beginning of each week one thing that we need God’s help with in the week. Ana’s answer many times is her attitude. :-) She knows she isn’t perfect, and I love that she already can recognize when her attitude isn’t reflecting the attitude of Christ.
She requested a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a Frozen slumber party. She chose Chili’s as our birthday family outing date, and she wanted Nachos for her birthday slumber party dinner (can you tell she is a fan of Tex-Mex). Ana, here are some pictures to keep the memories alive. Here is to your last birthday celebration in this chapter of our time in Arequipa.
She requested cinnamon rolls for house church on her actual birthday since it fell on a Sunday.
It was a little late, but part of her birthday gift was a girls outing for lunch and manicures. We finally had a good time to do it. Momma, Maggie, and Ana headed out for lunch, and they met Areli for manicures.