Las Quatro Harwoods

A long week

Positive first.  We had a great visit to Leland this weekend.  Visited the Little Free Library, played on the beach, hung with the cousins and even managed a little exercise.  It was good to get away.

The tough stuff.  We won’t call it negative.  Josie has had to have quite a few doctor appointments in the past couple weeks.  She has a little lump on her cheek that hasn’t gone away.  Not cool.  So after a couple local doctor visits we made the trip to Brenners Children’s Hospital to get an expert opinion. In the end I’m quite glad we did. The doctor there was super nice and actually seemed to know exactly what he was talking about.  Not necessarily true of some others in this process.  
So sounds like it is some kind of benign growth and shouldn’t be a big deal.  She had some blood drawn for tests and we’ll go from there. She was awesome during all of it. Happy as can be.  When they drew blood she just said over and over, “It won’t hurt.”  I guess it worked cause she didn’t even flinch. One tough kid. 
It’s not over yet, but we feel a lot better about it now for sure.  That little girl is too perfect to have any health problems.
Maddox continues to impress and frustrate us on a daily basis. He’s smart.  No doubt about that.  He is still all about numbers and working on his writing and even doing a good bit of reading. He’s a little sponge. He’s got a huge heart too.  He looks out for his little sister about 90% of the time and that’s a pretty good percentage.  He asked the other day when we were going to get more flowers for mommy and he even expressed some worry over a friend at school who had been out.  
All those smarts also means he questions everything.  That includes rules and decisions we make.  That can become quite frustrating at times.  We’ll leave it at that.
Maddox has finished his last soccer season.  A little sad.  I hope we can find somewhere for him to play in Accra. I think he really likes it and he’s good at it . I’ve really enjoyed watching him play and learn.  He actually looks for passes and tracks the play quite well for being 5.  I’m biased, I know.
The house is still for sale and we’re still searching for a nanny.  This process is exhausting.  Robyn has been awesome taking care of the majority of the details when it comes to our move.  Louisa at LCS has been amazing too.  She’s actually interviewing nannies for us and has Skyped with Robyn a couple times to talk about potentials.   Oh and in the middle of it all we’re also looking at cars over there.  John and David, the driver, via Atta have all been checking stuff out for us.  It is pretty cool actually the connections we’ve already made and the people helping us out.  
We’ve changed our shipping date since the house hasn’t sold and we’ll stay in it just a little longer I guess.  We are trying to work it out so that we don’t have to pay storage on the shipment and it arrives when we are there as well.  Lots of logistics.
One last thing.  We went to Debra’s house for dinner a couple of weeks ago.  She’s going to LCS as well and we’ve gotten together a few times to talk and get to know each other.  It is nice to have somebody else to share the experience with.  She invited us over this time for a traditional Chinese hit pot dinner.  (Her daughter-in-law is from China) it was absolutely delicious.  Meats, hot sauces, vegetables, tofu, fish balls, lotus root, all kinds of stuff.  But the cool thing, well one of them, at least was that the Good Doctor and his wife joined us.  It was really cool to come full circle and share some of this experience with the Hamiltons.  I can’t believe it was over five years ago that went to El Salvador.  Anyway.  It was a great evening with great conversation and great food.  
I think that will pretty much wrap it up for now.  I’m sure I’m leaving something out, but those are pretty much the highlights.  Now, if I can just make it to the end of the school year…

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