Thursday, April 11, 2013


Samuel is making great progress. I'm so happy! Below is a photo history with comments from Sarah.


March 31--Samuel is great. He is happy and loves to play life is full of interest for him and he is a real fighter. When he wakes up he lays there and waves his hands and feet around and scrunches up his face, then he pauses for a few moments and goes at it again until he finally opens his eyes. 

March 31--Today for the first time he laughed out loud before that he would talk and coo a lot but never giggled out loud though he did grin a lot. He communicates his needs very well. Samuel wiggles a lot, all night long he wiggles if I put my hand on his chest and whisper it’s ok he will immediately stop wiggling and lay quiet for some time.  If you lay your hand on Samuel when he is sleeping he will grin and flash smiles.

April 4

April 1-- Samuel's skin is awesome......He has shed all the icky stuff and now the coloration is blending, and he is becoming more and more one color every day.

April 2
 April 3--Samuel's homemade Boppie chair, when I showed the Nannies they laughed and said baby Moses.  

April 5--Yesterday Samuel weighed 3.548 Today he weighed 3.648.  

Praise be to God for his everlasting mercies!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Visitors and Parties

These past couple weeks we've had two OB nurses visiting our project along with a local Peace Corps volunteer. They have been speaking to TBAs-- traditional birth attendants (think lay midwives)-- on maternal health. If I can get a green light on it, I'll share some of their experiences with you. --The TBAs can be a bit private and so they may have only agreed to the classes if it would all be kept secret.

While staying at the orphanage, one of the visiting nurses celebrated a birthday. Michael also has an April birthday, so a party was organized and everyone had a lot of fun!

Tom said he made it very clear that birthday balloons are just for parties and have to be promptly cleaned up. We've had trouble with bits and pieces of balloons ending up in babies' mouths.

It looks like, though Jasmine is missed, that at least fun cupcakes can still be made. Sprinkles and all!! Yay!

Boy, do I miss the kids!

Did you see Samuel resting in the lap of our Peace Corps friend? I was shocked to see how tiny he was. His pictures until this one had been him on his own, so I didn't have context for just how small he really was. 

Thankfully, he is doing much better. Photos soon.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Easter Photos

This Easter presented a fun, and rare opportunity. Six of the eight Morrows in one place at one time! 

We decided to work on coordinating our outfits for Easter Sunday so we could take pictures after church.

This was not as easy as it might sound. I chose a white dress and worked on accenting it with a colored scarf. This outfit was vetoed as being too Out of Africa--as in Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, not just crawled off a plane from Africa. 

I vetoed a suit for one of my boys as it didn't fit him properly. That it was the same son that vetoed my white dress was purely coincidental, I promise.

Eventually we all chose outfits we were happy with. Very few tears had been shed in the process. I'm pretty sure all of them were mine.

After a wonderful church service we went to the field beside the building, and got a friend to help shoot some photos with Jen's new iPhone.

Hilarity ensued as we tried to get everyone adjusted in a line. 

My heels kept sinking into the soft grass, robbing me of my much-needed height increase.

After the group shot there was some goofing off. 

T.J insisted an umbrella was a necessary prop. I wondered how long it would all go on.

Timmy grabbed me for a silly hug. 

A friend photo bombed us.

In the end, we were all very happy with our family photo*

How was your Easter?

*Troy and Tom were sorely missed.

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