Two Digits

Do you remember when you turned 10, when you started writing your age with two digits? I was in Canada, staying with some kind people that took me in while my parents toured in the United States. Or maybe I had my birthday before they left on their preaching tour. Canada was a six-months stop on our way to Peru where my father would become the first Swedish missionary there. Here I am on the boat, traveling to our new destination.

Che 10 on boat

A little girl with braided hair. Either that or a pony tail. And now my grandson David has reached two digits. My daughter tells me he was so excited he could hardly sleep last night. This morning he fixed himself scrambled eggs and awaited excitedly the exact moment he would turn ten! His “twin” sister is not ten yet, because she was born several hours later.

Before the children knew Lana was adopted, David would say, “Mom had to stay a long time in the hospital so Lana could be born!”

Here I am at some of the most precious moments in my life. Holding my first grandchild was a feeling only grandparents can describe. For me it was probably more special, because I felt (literally) how the hole in my heart closed; the hole my daughter left when she went to be with the Lord. In the center picture I’m holding David’s mother and on the right is the proud and happy moment after Lana had been adopted.

Proud momentsI was hoping to give them each a big hug today, but I won’t be able to travel. I’m recurring to honey, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon… all of that good stuff to shove the cold out the door. It’s not fun to be invaded with germs!

But I had fun putting together pictures of the birthday kids. Now I have to work on getting to feel better so I can go and give them the big “One O” birthday hug.

David Lana


About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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