Tuesday, January 31

Step by Step

There are many milestones in our lives ... lots when you are little and have so much to learn. Naomi has just reached another one over the weekend. 

Ever since she was about 4 weeks old her preference has been to push up and stand and she's always on the move in some way shape or form (except when she's asleep when she it as still as anything!). So it's been no surprise to us that for the last month or so she's been toddling along with her walker very confidently.

In the last few weeks she keeps pushing herself up to standing and this weekend, at only a few days over the 9 month mark, decided she would take a step or two all on her own!

It was exciting and a little sad all at the same time. A few steps might not seem like much but when they're your first, they're pretty special! We had guessed that this might happen while Mark was away and not be able to be part of the milestone. So it was made even more special when 5 minutes after she took her first couple of steps, Mark Skyped and was able to watch her take three in a row.

The wonders of modern technology! Once upon a time (not all that long ago!) missionaries would travel 6 months to their destination and then the letter back to family to say they had arrived would take another 6 months. Imagine ... it would take one year after sending your loved ones on their adventure before you got news that they had got there safely.

We're privileged to be able to video chat with family on a regular basis ... so it's not like we're on the other side of the world. It also means the girls have the chance to be really familiar with grandparents and uncles and aunties, even though we live nowhere near them. During this time while Mark's been away it's been extra special to be able to see him and all he's up to ... and for him to be part of the excitement back here as well!

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