Just seven years ago, we arrived in Honduras to live. We landed in La Ceiba on February 28th, and flew over to the island of Guanaja on March 1st (2001 wasn't a leap year, of course). At the time, we expected to live in Honduras for two to three years. Now, we sort of expect to live here indefinitely. This year, I moved all of my sentimental stuff out of storage, and brought the most important things to be with us where we live. It's nice to have things like the kids' baby pictures to enjoy when we feel like it!
March 1st is also a birthday at our house. Christopher was born 14 years ago: he arrived on Guanaja on the day of his 7th birthday! This birthday marks the spot where he will have lived as many years in Honduras as he did in the US.
Chris is a strong, strapping young man now, but he was a teensy baby . . . only 4 pounds 15 ounces at birth, although he wasn't premature. For a short time after birth, he continued to lose weight, so that he got down to 4 pounds, before he finally started to grow. Here is a pathetic picture of him as a scrawny little failure-to-thrive infant:
And here he is last month, when we took a short family vacation to Copan:
The years certainly do fly by!