Today Emmaus turned four! The last four years have flown by, they have also been life changing for us as a family. Emmaus was born after we completed our French study in Québec and were preparing for our huge move to Guinea. He was a VERY blue baby when he was born and so was rushed to a bigger hospital for light therapy.
A week or two after he was born we had his passport taken and about a month later we moved down to California for six months to connect with friends and family before beginning ministry in West Africa.
Emmaus was about seven months old when we moved to Guinea. It was, of course, a huge adjustment for us but for him it was just the beginning of what was to become par for the course. He learned to walk in Guinea, become accustomed to and started to prefer African food in Guinea and had his first (and thankfully only) case of malaria in Guinea. Emmaus was a bit of a super star over there. We discovered that our host church and a local school shared his name. We loved seeing the look on people’s faces when we told them his name, it gave us a lot of opportunities to get to know people that we may not have had otherwise.
We evacuated Guinea due to the violence and unrest just three months after arriving and returned to California. God led us back to Africa, this time to Sénégal for two more years. In Sénégal, Emmaus celebrated his second and third birthdays.
In February of this year we returned to Canada. It was a big change for Emmaus! He has spent a large portion of his life in Africa and it was home to him. He had never seen snow before and didn’t even speak english that well. He has adapted quickly and is now a very expressive kid enjoying junior kindergarten. Did I mention that he’s VERY expressive? It’s not hard for us to know how he’s feeling, he doesn’t keep anything to himself, it’s all right there on his face. We love our little guy and can’t wait to see him as an older brother! We love you Emmaus!
On this day..
- Family Thanksgiving - 2006
- Drop and give me 20! - 2006
- Dangerous Breakfast - 2005
- Snow... coming and going - 2005