Sunday, July 01, 2012

Like A Weed

They say mission trips can change lives. Apparently, that is true even if you are 4 years old! We've seen Charlotte take risks she never would have taken in the states. Some of it is just fun to watch and are things we already knew she could do, but other things are really surprising to us.

She freely walked all over a farm we visited today. Even going so far as to venture off the beaten path to find her "walking stick." There was a big hill to tackle and she did it cheerfully too.

While she normally freaks out at the sight of most unleashed dogs, it didn't take long for her to get up close to this one.
Her love of the bixi ride has far outweighed any fear of strangers she might have had. Fortunately, this is one of our trusted drivers and Bruce was following close behind while she and Antonio (about 3 years old) rode on his daddy's bixi.

Maybe it's just me... but I had to include this picture because she looks so darn grown up in it!

If you have ever visited a play ground with us and seen Charlotte attempt the monkey bars, you'll understand what a big deal this is. The bars were about 2 feet away from the wall and she was just freely jumping to them and swinging! This is something we knew she could do, but she never felt brave enough to try.

Other things that have surprised us include her response to seemingly random adults picking her up or stroking her hair. I was a little concerned about how she would handle this part of our trip, but it hasn't seemed to phase her at all.

Finally, tonight at Alfa y Omega Church, she made fast friends with several of the little girls. Next thing we know, Charlotte is climbing trees in the dark, climbing on logs, and leading them in all manner of "spy games." I'm not sure how it happens, but she always manages to get the older girls to do exactly what she wants them too!

It sure is fun watching her grow... I love each stage of life with her more than the last! Can't imagine how much I'll love her by the time she is in college!

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