Monday, October 08, 2007
Happy Birthday Stephen!
Ours was a busy household over the next few years. Mark and Stephen were collectively called the "Little Boys" and I was their surrogate mother. I was adept a bathing, diapering and feeding the babies. Stephen was only seven years old when I started college and I enjoyed his perception that I was pretty well perfect! (seven year olds are pretty perfect too)
Shortly after I was married, my parents and three younger brothers moved to Mexico. The picture on the left was taken about that time. I am in blue and Stephen is in brown. I missed his adolescence and most of his adulthood. He did stay with us for six months one summer in Canada after he finished high school. So Stephen has remained my baby brother for all these years in spite of his age.
Last year I visited his home in San Pedro, Coahuila, Mexico for the first time. He is very busy in missions work, pastoring a church, providing chaplaincy services at the local prison, running a soccer team and English school, and serving the poor in their community and the neighbouring city of Torreon. Most recently, he is mentoring our daughter who moved there last year. She thinks he is a terrific uncle.
Stephen and my parents returned from a trip to Chile last week. They travelled widely in their two weeks there and were impressed with the natural beauty of the country. Mom was telling me that the Chilean people call the youngest child in the family "gua gua" which is pronounced "wa wa". The people they visited kept asking if Stephen was her "wa wa".
Happy Birthday "gua gua" Stephen!