Sunday, January 15, 2017

And now they are 8.

First off, a shout-out to any Siestas who drop by from Beth Moore's blog! :) I am excited about our Scripture memory team this year. My verse for the second half of January:

And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands—yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.
Psalm 90:17 AMPC

That's an amplified version, so it might sound a little repetitive? But I love it. Savoring the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God. And praying he will confirm and establish the work of our hands this year!

OK, back to the post title.

Seriously. These tiny little babies:


turned 8 years old.




And for good measure, them on Christmas Eve, two weeks before their birthday:


For their birthday, I let them skip school and they had a fabulous day at the children's museum and Chuck E Cheese (they each got to pick a place) with their aunt, uncle and cousin who were visiting from Texas.

My husband was in Israel on their birthday having amazing, life-changing experiences, so we are finally doing their family birthday celebration tomorrow.

So yeah ... 8.


Parenting has been nothing like I thought it would be. Partly, I'm sure, because I NEVER imagined myself having two at once. I always imagined myself easing into motherhood all snuggled up with one peaceful baby. (I'm funny, I know.) Cherishing that time with just one before my attention was split in two or more directions; ironically, that was one thing I most looked forward to about having my first child! God had his reasons for sending my second child along for that same ride. And it's not always so bad ...




Even eight years later, though we've certainly moved past the Survival Mode of the first year or five, it can still be pretty challenging. There are a lot of medical issues in our family. Will and Alex are polar opposites. They love each other, they expertly press all of each other's (and their parents') buttons, they fight frequently, they wrestle and laugh and scream and tattle, and I'm praying that at some point, iron will sharpen iron.



In some ways, not much has changed.


There are definitely some amazing moments. Many laughs and, increasingly, deep and meaningful conversations. Alex is conscientious, a little geography professor, sweet-natured, book-loving, a born traveler, and thrives on routine and traditions. Will is "wide open," a born leader, spirited, surprisingly articulate, energetic, extroverted and thrives on attention and drama!

I look forward to seeing what the next year will bring.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Excited for a new year!

This might sound weird, but I don't get that excited about New Year's Eve ... However, I love New Year's Day. I love new beginnings and fresh starts. I know a lot of people peter out on their new year's resolutions, but over time I've become more consistent about meeting more of my goals.

I am always looking for ways to improve my health and I'm really looking forward to a new online course by Crystal Paine, aka MoneySavingMom: 15 Days to a Healthier You! It's $15 right now so hurry up and buy it if you're interested. I've done several of her online courses and never been disappointed, but one thing I really appreciate is she always offers a full refund, no questions asked, if you end up feeling like the course isn't a good fit for you.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

I love these boys.

Alex knocked on Will's door.
Will came to the door and said sternly, "Whatever you're selling me, I don't need it or I already have it."


And some pics from this fall. They are rocking 2nd grade. First time in separate classes and they've adjusted well. They also both qualified for the gifted and talented program, so now they are together one day a week after all! It's a nice balance.

 My big boys on their first day of second grade (each wearing their favorite colors):


And some of our recent adventures. 2bluedad (a pastor) was on sabbatical for three months so we managed more family outings than usual.


One great thing about 7-year-olds: They're old enough to be helpful! After our orchard trip, Alex and Will learned how to peel apples for the first time.


And a few more adventures:




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

End of summer highlights

We just got back from a two-week journey to Texas. We spent some great time with family, some close friends, and really enjoyed some church and ministry visits. On the way back, we drove through flooded Louisiana (pray for them!! It was bad). 

A few photo highlights. And yes, since it was Texas in August, they spent a lot of time in the water:











Today's Anecdotes
Alex: Mom, can I play on your tablet for my reward?
Me: Sure. I'm going to be catching up on you boys' calendar, writing down what we've done recently so we can remember later.
Alex: Oh! Can I watch you do that for my reward instead?
Me: Are you serious?? Tom, did you hear that?
Tom: Sure. What's wrong with that?
Me: I'm just fascinated that he considers it a reward.
Alex: Well, I'm fascinated that you *don't* consider it a reward!
***
Me: OK, Will, after I cut your nails I want you to go wash your hands. And what did I ask you to do after that?
Will: Mom, do you suffer from short-term memory loss?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Baseball and rainbows

Will's baseball season is coming to an end. This has been his best sport so far in terms of taking to it well and thoroughly enjoying it.

Tonight was his last practice. We spent 10 minutes getting everything unloaded, pulling it in the wagon way across the field, setting up the chairs and sun shade. Practice started, and about 3 minutes later it got cancelled due to lightning right behind us.

Since my husband had gone in the Y to work out during practice, I packed everything up and loaded it back in the car as fast as I could, hurried the boys on the long walk into the Y, and took them to the indoor track to burn some energy and kill time so my husband could still get his workout in.

I was a little irritated, but as we dashed through the rain and got into the car to leave, I heard, "Look!" I turned, and we were rewarded with this beautiful rainbow.



Will's comment: "Hey, it has all the colors in the right order like a real rainbow!"
My husband: "Maybe it could be a real rainbow." 

Spiritual Carrots

Will (talking about what he chose for his lunch today): "And I had carrots, because I know they're good for my eyes ... You know, I like spiritual carrots."
Me: "Spiritual carrots? What are those?"
Will: "They help you see the good. And the good choices. I have a lot of spiritual carrots in my life."

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Christian Songs

Alex: "I think maybe you only need to like one Christian song for God to love you. You don't have to like all of them."
Me: "Actually, you don't have to do anything for God to love you; He already loves you. He made you."
(a few minutes later)
Alex (to Will): Did you know you don't have to like *any* Christian songs for God to love you?
Will: Well, that makes me love Him *more*!

I love these people.