What a treat and joy is was to welcome this newest member of the Iverson clan in person. We love you baby Benjamin, and both Uncle J and Auntie M count it such a privilege to be able to have met you so early in your little life. Who knows if we'll get to do that again anytime soon?
Annie and I loved getting to meet you in the hospital.
It brought back memories of meeting Glo baby there, a little less than a year ago...
Welcome to the world, BZ, may you be a warrior for the King.
p.s. Doesn't this mamma make having babies look beautiful?
p.p.s. Not a hidden message, but man this makes me ready for another one!
I don't know much about economics. Scratch that. I don't know anything about economics. Sidebar: My freshman year of college, I joined every club that looked like something in which I wouldn't ordinarily be interested. I wanted to be more well-rounded. One of the clubs I signed up for was DIFA, Davidson Investment and Financial Association. I liked it. I liked the people. The guys who led it had monogrammed belts and they played golf. I went twice and I didn't learn anything about economics.
But I do know, that when you make an investment, you do it in faith, hoping you'll get a return that's greater than your investment. Right? Actually, I have no idea if that's true. But it sounds smart, doesn't it? Onward with my investment assessment, and on to why this is really a post about Costa Rica. The same is true with marriage. You invest, by faith, hoping, praying, expecting and hoping some more for a return.
Jonathan and I got married in June of 2006. He was in school full-time and I was teaching full-time for the first year and a half of our marriage. Nine months into marriage, I got preg-a-roo. Nine months after that needs no explanation, but just in case, enter Annie, December 2007. Jonathan graduates May of 2009 and Lily is born in June 2009. Throw in some international travel and studies for ordination, and you've got yourself a weary woman. A happy, joyful, weary woman who complains too much and sometimes yells at her kids. If by sometimes, I mean usually daily, then yes.
And you know you need to invest in your marriage, because it's the most important earthly relationship you have in this life, but it seems like there is no way you will ever find the time to get away or the money to do it and how can you leave your babies and nobody will ever love them like you do and and and and and blah!
And then our family pitched into our lives and gave us the opportunity to make a really fabulous investment. First, M&C gave a precious, loving, sacrificial, generous gift given expressly for this purpose (thank you M&C). Then SB&E offered to watch our babies for five whole days, along with their three babies. Sara-Beth, you are one amazing woman. I want to grow up to be like you. And my parents helped with that also. And Kimberly. And Bri. It takes a village, right? MS&J gave us a special treat at the Tabacon hot springs. And basically everyone pitched in and it was incredible. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you for reading. If you skimmed for the photos below, you're in for a treat...at least in regards to the smoking volcano and the gorgeous flora and the spectacular sea. Enjoy the week in Costa Rica. Enjoy la pura vida...
Day 1: Ya Pahk with JiJi and feeding the ducks and geese
note: just moments later we found lily chasing a goose. Suddenly, the goose turned, hissed and lunged at Lils. Her JiJi saved her in a selfless act of love and held her heavy little self in his dear arms for the rest of the park trip. Thanks JiJi!