Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Charis Priscilla's First Week

Hannah at 1 month

Charis at 1 week

Today, Charis Priscilla is 1 week old, she is doing good and remaining healthy. Also, she has been sleeping very well at night, which is a tremendous blessing. Please continue to pray for her that she will continue to grow and put on some weight.

The top picture is a picture of Hannah when she was just a month old, it is amazing how much these little girls look alike. At first we thought Charis looked most like her brother, but after comparing these pictures, I think it is Hannah she is beginning to look like.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Charis Priscilla Velarde: Take 2

Well, we just wanted to update with some new pictures of the baby on her 2nd day as part of our family. Also we wanted to show her with some pictures of her loving family members and siblings.

It was really great to see Hannah and her new best friend. Hannah has been praying for this little girl for a long time. It is great to see the Lord reveal Himself and even answer the childlike prayer of a 5 year old.

We were so blessed, Niel and Vanessa came and met us at the hospital at 3:30 am to take the other 3 monkey's. Then they brought them back that evening to come and meet their little sister. Micah and Silas thought Sandra's bed was a slide and were hoping we would be able to take it home with us, they thought with all the controls on the bed it would make a great toy for their room. Doesn't Sandra also look stylish wearing her hospital gown, she too wanted to bring it home with her, but the nurse on duty caught Sandra trying to leave with it, j/k. Our first family portrait with all 6 of us. I think Micah needed to use the restroom. :)

Great-grandma came to visit Charis as well. We were so blessed that she could come and see her. For the other three kids we have always been overseas. Charis is our first child born in the US. Grandma also came from Farmington so see Charis and spend time with her.

We pray that you enjoy the pictures and are able to rejoice with us.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Welcome! Charis Priscilla Velarde

Hey everybody, we just wanted to let everybody know that the newest addition to the Velarde family has finally arrived.

Her name is Charis Priscilla Velarde and she came in at 7lbs 2oz and 19.5 inches long. Sandra and Charis both did great through the entire delivery. She is totally healthy and already showing that she is a true Velarde by sleeping half the day. I am sure that she is exhausted from the whole process, not to mention trying to adapt to her new life outside the womb.

We will be posting more pictures soon of our new princess, please pray for Sandra and the baby as we are hoping they will be dishcharged tomorrow morning.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Global Adventures: Passport to the World

Global Advetures is the Missions Department of Calvary of Albquerque. They support several missionaries internationally. They hosted "Passport to the World" it was an opportunity for them to bring home their missionaries or have a representative to show the body all that the Lord is doing in their nations and ministries. They had missionaries from the Philippines, Britain, Africa, China, South America and a whole host of other nations and continents, except for Italia.

They had dancing, music and all kinds of ethnic foods on display and to sample. There were several hundreds of people that came out for the event, PTL. We had a really great time chatting with missionaries as they shared their stories and testimonies of God's goodness and faithfulness.

It was also encouraging to see a church that has such a heart for missions and seeing the lost being reached.

Meet Jeff, Karla and Isaac Snell

A few weeks ago we had dinner with Jeff Snell and his family. It was a blessing to see the Snell's, we know them from Okinawa. They left Okinawa about 2 years ago, so it was really good to reconnect with them. Jeff is in the Air Force and 2 years ago they were relocated to Albuquerque.

Also, a few months ago the Lord allowed them the opportunity to adopt a little boy named Isaac. We had a really great time with them and prayerfully we'll be able to spend more time with them in months to come.