Isla feeds the cow

Isla feeds the cow

Anything I said in my last post, I take back.  Isla is a Hutcherson through and through.

Today she got to feed the cow scraps from the salad I made for dinner.

Here’s the cow.

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Every. single. time. the cow grabbed the food, she made the same face followed by a big “whoa!” and a huge grin.  We were cracking up and so wishing we had a video camera on us.

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I know, I know, it’s a ridiculous amount of pictures… but what can I say?  The cow eats a lot of food!

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Last stop: Arizona

Last stop: Arizona

Our few days in Arizona were all about Isla getting in touch with her Hutcherson roots…

We had lots of good family time, more than one trip to Target, a fun time catching up with friends and supporters at our open house, and a chance to share a bit of our life with our church on Sunday morning.

Over the course of two weeks in three different states, we somehow managed to acquire 50 more pounds of stuff to bring back  – including some princess costumes for the girls.  When Caleb opened his suitcase here in Beirut, he discovered that those princess costumes are great at shedding glitter… so it’ll be a sparkly few days for us as we get settled back into every day life!  :)

Thanks for your prayers for our travels… first two flights were oh so very fun with a screaming, not sleeping baby, but we were soooo thankful to have an extra seat in between us on 4.5 hour flight from Paris to Beirut.  I went all Lebanese and about had a smack-down with the goofy gate agent who was convinced that our carseat was way to big for the plane (because apparently, she told me, planes in America are much bigger)… but we were finally able to convince her to let us “just try it out.”  Ahhh, bliss.  Isla slept for most of the flight, giving Caleb and me a much needed chance to close our eyes for a bit.

She’s now sleeping – hopefully for the next 8+ hours – and Caleb is snoring quite loudly, so I guess he’s out too.  So, I’m calling it a night.

stacks and piles, piles and stacks

stacks and piles, piles and stacks

this week has been all about the stacks.  we’ve been working our way through our apartment, dividing our stuff into four stacks: what to sell, what to give to my sister, what to take to beirut, and what we can’t take but don’t really want to get rid of.  it’s been surprising, the stuff i find myself attached to, and the creativity i have inside of me convincing myself i really will need said thing once we get to beirut.  it’s different from all the other moves i’ve made for several reasons.  only being able to take what we can fit into suitcases is a far cry from packing everything up in boxes and moving it across town or country or whatever.  and even though we are packing up and moving out of our apartment this weekend, we don’t actually arrive at our “final destination” for several months…  it’s been a (surprisingly!) emotional week!

for those of you in the area (for now that would be phoenix…), our church is having a commissioning service for us this sunday.  it will be a short interview and then the elders will formally commission and pray for us.  if you are around, we’d love to have you there!  if you need directions or service times, check out the church website here.

let the countdown begin: 24 days left in arizona!!!

posted by: nicolette

top nine reasons you should book a flight to phoenix to visit us…

top nine reasons you should book a flight to phoenix to visit us…

9. enjoy some famous california cuisine: in’n’out french fries

8. learn to shoot a gun

7. sleep in a bed caleb made

6. hike the grand canyon

5. if hiking isn’t your style, los angeles or vegas are only a short road trip away!

4. take a quad ride through the desert

3. shooby dooby down to ruby’s for an oreo milkshake

2. hug a cactus

1. 80 degrees in february. what more needs to be said???

posted by: nicolette