AG—7 years old

It is so hard to believe that the 17 month old baby we brought to Arequipa in 2008 is now SEVEN years old.  Ana started second grade during her birth month, and Greg and I both reflected on some very vivid memories we have from second grade.  This is a big year for her.  She is well aware that it is her last school year in Peru, and I guess it feels like a blessing and a curse that she will have so many memories.  A blessing because I want her to remember the wonderful people of Peru and the work our family was able to participate in, but a curse because I dread the heartache she will feel for when we leave.

We couldn’t be prouder of our first born.  She is so tender hearted and loving toward those around her.  She is a great helper in the house and especially with her younger siblings.  And she is in a place where she reflects on the good she observes along with the evil.  We enjoy her developmental process and all the questions she asks.  On the flip side, she is 7 going on 13.  We discuss at the beginning of each week one thing that we need God’s help with in the week.  Ana’s answer many times is her attitude.  🙂  She knows she isn’t perfect, and I love that she already can recognize when her attitude isn’t reflecting the attitude of Christ.

She requested a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a Frozen slumber party.  She chose Chili’s as our birthday family outing date, and she wanted Nachos for her birthday slumber party dinner (can you tell she is a fan of Tex-Mex).  Ana, here are some pictures to keep the memories alive.  Here is to your last birthday celebration in this chapter of our time in Arequipa.

She requested  cinnamon rolls for house church on her actual birthday since it fell on a Sunday.


I can always count on Ana to want to help with her birthday cake.  She loves to cook and bake with me in the kitchen.DSC_0002

Her birthday cake was a chocolate lover’s dream, and the strawberries were “the icing on the cake”… wait a minute.  🙂DSC_0008


taking some pictures before our family lunch date outing for the birthday girlDSC_0012 DSC_0014 DSC_0015 DSC_0016 DSC_0017 DSC_0018 DSC_0019

She has ALWAYS been a Daddy’s girl.DSC_0020

You can’t eat at Chili’s and not order the skillet queso.DSC_0021

and our 7 year-old went for ribs.  The girl has got some good taste.DSC_0022

birthday presents!!!DSC_0024

Let the slumber party begin!DSC_0025 DSC_0026 DSC_0028

She chose Nachos for her birthday dinner.DSC_0031

making a wishDSC_0032 DSC_0034 DSC_0037

her big present from Daddy and Momma was a Cajón, a type of drum that originated in PerúDSC_0038 DSC_0040

her first Youtube lessonDSC_0041 DSC_0043 DSC_0044

It was a little late, but part of her birthday gift was a girls outing for lunch and manicures.  We finally had a good time to do it.  Momma, Maggie, and Ana headed out for lunch, and they met Areli for manicures.

Ana chose Burger King for her lunch.DSC_0138

we were fascinated with the intricate designs they could doDSC_0140 DSC_0141 DSC_0142

Maggie gearing up for her turnDSC_0143

Ana’s almost finished productDSC_0144 DSC_0145

Ooo-Lah-Lah!DSC_0146 DSC_0147 DSC_0148

Maggie’s finished productDSC_0149 DSC_0152

All three of us got manicures for a grand total of 30 soles (that is just over 10 bucks)DSC_0153

hangin’ with the coolest chica we know in ArequipaDSC_0156

AG—7 years old

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