It actually feels pretty good to be back in Lagos, and I really enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting some new expats at church today. It almost seems like I haven't been gone at all, though it's been 7 weeks. In that time, we had a great Christmas, and enjoyed time spent with children, grandchildren, parents, and also a visit by my brother and the 5 beautiful women in his life (no, he's no polygamist, he's married and has 4 daughters)
Then, after the holidays, I took a trip to Boston to help our daughter welcome a new grandson into the world. The timing worked out perfectly -- I was there a week before he was born, which was enough time for Spencer, the almost 2-year old to get comfortable with Grandma. Austin David was born 5 days late, but healthy and perfect at 8 lbs. 7 oz.
Then I stayed for 2 weeks after the birth, giving some extra attention to Spencer and (I think) providing some helpful service around their home. I know I loved being there and getting to know my grandsons a little better and also getting a good taste of winter while there. We had quite a cold spell and a lot of snow while I was there. It was really fun!
It is really special to be around a spirit so new to the world. New babies are just so wonderful and I really miss cuddling Austin and playing with Spencer, who is a lot of fun, and looked pretty happy here as we watched the inauguration of President Obama. I'm hopeful for a fresh beginning of a new administration in the United States, which is ready for a change of leadership. Let's all hope and pray for wise decisions by leaders that will bring hope for a great future for the next generation.