Monday, November 22, 2010

One Year Ago




 A friend of mine sent me this cute picture of her girls & my boys, taken about one year ago. And then that family photo is also about that old. It's been sweet memories for me to look at them & see how much the boys have grown, how far we have all come as a family. We've had our share of "bumps" along the way, but I really think we've had a very good first year together. It is so much more FUN having three kids versus one! The house is full of noisy but happy kids (usually) & I love it, chaos & all.

On a totally different note, the beloved Grandparents have arrived & the boys are LOVING all the TLC! Pictures coming...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thankful

Have you ever had a prayer answered that you never actually prayed out loud? Maybe you never completely articulated your need to God but He listened to what your heart was crying out for anyway? 

I have been weary & overwhelmed for some time now. I am still functioning alright but my mind & emotions are weary. The stressful year & a half of the adoption process & the first year of us all working very hard to adjust to being a new & improved family of five have taken a toll on me & I have felt my definite need for some HELP! (John is a very helpful husband but he does have a full time job after all.)

Well, my parents had been planning to come visit us from Canada for Christmas. We'd all been so looking forward to their visit. They had even sent us money to purchase a camper for them so they would have their own little place to stay right next to our house.  I wasn't sure how long they would stay but was hoping for a month. 

Imagine my surprise when my Mom asked me how I would feel about them staying "a little longer", meaning ... ALL WINTER! They are planning to come down here to help out around the house, assist with home school & generally love on us. The boys are going to shine with all the Grandparent-style TLC & really benefit from some extra one-on-one in home school. We get to be their "ministry" all winter! :)

I am utterly thankful! 



 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

More Silliness...



"You've got such cute chubby cheeks!"

(That's what the boys were trying to do anyway, but somehow Nathan ended up looking like he was about to throw up!)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Teepees & Wigwams


We are learning about the American Indians in school right now & the boys & I have created these miniature versions. I am loving the hands-on learning in our curriculum. I think the boys are enjoying most of it & are going to retain what they learn rather than just memorizing for tests & then forgetting it all. At least that's my hope!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Our Little Patient


Here's Nathan (& brothers) with his sling & figure-eight brace on. He's doing fine with all of it & continues to experience only minimal discomfort.