Holding our friends' sweet new baby for the first time
Thank you all who had been praying for our friend and her upcoming delivery! She had her baby last week and all went well. We met the new little guy on Sunday at our house church, and there was a 'waiting list' of all of us wanting to hold him as he was passed around from person to person to person.
I so loved my times of holding him! Looking into his adorable little face, watching the change of expression flit across it, seeing his little eyes flicker open as he woke from a deep sleep . . . . so precious! I could have held him all day. :)
So that was the wonderful start of our week!
On Monday, Dad, Mom, Leah and I drove down to a bulk-food store to stock up on groceries again. We always enjoy those trips together, both the lovely drive and our times there . . .
Dad, Mom, and Leah having fun together while we shopped
Then Tuesday dawned warm and humid . . . and quickly became hot and humid! The high was in the low-90's with heat indexes above 110 degrees. That didn't keep us and a friend of ours from a major house renovation project, though! He is renovating one of his rental properties so we went and helped him for the day (he's helped my Dad a lot on some projects which has been a blessing to us, and it was nice to be able to help him, too.)
The project for the day was . . . prepping the house for painting! It is an older home and needed all the window trim and the porch ceiling/framing scraped of the loose, old paint and then be brushed off; the window glass and door taped/papered over; parts of the porch papered over; plastic taped over the block foundation; and cracks in the stucco caulked. We spent nearly all day (with quite a few breaks!) working on those tasks together, and little by little, things were crossed off the to-do list . . . .
Leah brushing off the wood trim after she finished scraping it
Mom brushing off the old paint dust/flakes after scraping
Dad caulking while our friend removed the window-air unit
Me scraping the old, loose paint off of the window trim
It was a big and tiring project, but it was fun to work on together! Particularly when it finally came to the point when he began spraying on the new paint. The part he was able to get done yesterday looks so much better now. Definitely makes all that hard work worth it!
With all of us hot and tired, we finished out the day by going and getting fruit slushes which were a perfect treat to bring a close to our work day!