Summer vacation with Wellington

Posted: July 15, 2014 in Adoption, Life in Cali

We recently finished training the 2nd half of the Ibarra, Ecuador Church Plant Team (they departed on July 3). You can see the team blog update here. It seems to be taking us a little more time than usual for recovery and catch up. It may have to do with the fact that we decided to keep Wellington home during the summer and not put him in a vacation program. I think it is mostly for me in the fact that he will be starting kindergarten (transicion) next year. We have been spending a lot of quality time with him lately and I wanted to share with you some of these precious moments. We had a little 1 1/2 day get away when the last of the team was at their encounter and found some rest, relaxation and a little work. It was wonderful. Here is a picture of Wellington in his spa mud bath treatment and helping out. Thank you to our great friends who knew exactly what we needed after a month of solid work.

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I was playing a game with Wellington of mini puzzles (3 pieces each). They had a picture and then two parts of the word you have to put together. One side is English and the other is Spanish. He likes to figure out what letter words start with by the way they sound. You will hear him during his play say, “ba-ba-ba-ball”. I held up the picture below asking Wellington what it was and his answer was, “no no”. This gave me a pretty good laugh and those that were around from the team were laughing too.

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F_____, the older brother that we are adopting, is afro-colombiano. Wellington is really excited to have him join our family. Once in a while he will ask me, “Are we going on a plane today to go and pick up F_____?”. What an exciting day that will be when I can say YES! (You can keep up with our adoption on our facebook page here.)

Wellington was playing in a pool of balls with some older kids the other day. It is a place we escape to when we need to get out of the house and use up some of Wellington’s energy. Since it is a play area at a soccer field, we buy a snack and Vincent and I get to visit while Wellington makes new friends. On this particular day, they were all sitting in the balls trying to guess what color ball they would bring up from the bottom of the pit when all of the sudden, Wellington gets up, climbs the rope fence and announces to us in his BIG voice, “Look, he is the same  color as F_____”. What makes this funny is that he had been playing these kids for almost an hour. (This picture is from a different play place we sometimes visit but I thought it appropriate because Wellington is in a plane.)


We took Wellington to a Crusade of Miracles last weekend where TB Joshua from Nigeria came to speak and perform miracles. Wellington sat with us for almost 8 hours as we sang worship songs, heard different people speak, saw miracles and liberations. This was in a soccer stadium that seats 45, 000 people. The authorities said they had to close the doors and stop letting people in as they were over capacity. As Wellington watched people being healed, standing up from their wheel chairs, removing their oxygen masks, moving arms that had been broken and many other miracles we prayed for his knees that had been giving him a lot of pain (I think growing pains). The next morning when we sat down for breakfast we went to pray and Wellington said, “I already did”. We asked him what he said and he responded, “I thanked God for healing my knees because they don’t hurt anymore.” This brought tears to our eyes.

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Wellington has been using a lot of big words that surprise us as he is using them correctly. His English has really improved while he has been home for summer vacation. He says things now like, ” well, actually….”. Having other English speakers here during training helps him as well. He was saying good night to part of the team one night and went around the room saying good night to the English speakers and buenas noches to the Spanish speakers. He always asks what language his brother F_____ speaks and we tell him he has to help him learn English. He says, ” like one, uno; two, dos…..”. He is going to be a great “little” brother.

His newest memory verse is Psalms 27:1. He likes all the actions we have made to go with it to help him remember. He has quit a few verses memorized now.

Wellington will be turning 5 on August 14. He started a countdown calendar 38 days out from his birthday. He seems to have it all planned out from the theme, to those he wants to invite, the kind of cake he wants and the activities he wants to do at his party. Should be a good one. Here are some pictures of him celebrating the 4th of July. Stay tuned for pictures of this big event.

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  1. Katrina Love says:

    Wellington is such a cutie! Good luck and God bless.

    Katrina Love

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