Monday, September 1, 2014

School Days

So the first day of school has come and gone and I am just now sitting down to  post about it!

Yep, that is pretty much how things are going around here these days.

Between this...


and this...


and this...






and doctor appointments and therapy appointments and work and oh yeah, sleep...

there is very little time for this...
bummer

So the first day of school came and went - for everyone...
 including this guy...


hehe

and it was good...

especially for this guy!


Who knew teaching 8th grade Geometry could be so much fun!

Oh wait...

I think I did!

Bwhahahahaha

Sorry, just had to add that!

Yep, apparently Mr. H. is a big hit around the boys' school and I don't think anyone who knows Hubby is shocked by that, except for Hubby himself!

Another teacher shared with him that when asked, every single one of her students said that the best thing that had happened since coming back to school, was their new Geometry teacher, Mr. H.!

They told her that they were actually learning and that he made it fun!

I am so proud of him and so happy to see a purposeful spring in his step again!

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:6

Christian is a Junior this year!


Yikes!

Charlie is a high schooler!!


Double Yikes!

They started back this year with the same old same old except...

their Dad gets to hang with them every single day and talk to their friends and talk to their teachers...

all day, every day!

Seriously cramping their style y'all!

*snicker*

 My sweet Caleb also started back after 3 years of staying home with this...


as his classroom...


and as his first day of Non-Homeschool Middle School approached...

the more worried I got!

Not about Caleb mind you...


but about the dogs and myself!!!!

*grin*

No worries though as my sweet boy left us an inspiration jar to use whenever we started to miss him...


  and what did we pick out that very first day...


 I think the girls took it to heart!


Which brings me to Em and Lizzie and their first day!

With all that sweet Lizzie had going on and Em's desire to escape a continuation of 2nd grade drama...

*sigh*

we decided to keep Em and Lizzie home... 
 

  after all, 3rd grade was when I started with Caleb and I would not trade the time I had with him for anything!

So, I settled on Teaching Textbooks for Math, Growing with Grammar and Spelling/Vocabulary, God's Names for Bible, Our American Heritage for History, Read and Understand Science and Read and Think, along with with some cool little fillers from T*rget's Dollar Bin!


Em and Lizzie settled on the sofa, and following in their big brother's footsteps, snuggled right up to Chewy!



 So far so good with these two girlies and I am looking forward to the precious time that I will get to spend with them as is Chewy!

Maggie has been counting down the days until school started again!


 Lucy not as much but she loves their teacher and this year...
 

they get to be mainstreamed for art, computer and music!

Last year, the school rallied around my girls and I am hoping the same for this year.

A few things have already become a struggle, however but I am trusting that they will get worked out and that this year will be just as great as last year and if not, that the Lord will provide another way for us.

I was so not ready for summer to be done, with the craziness extra craziness of school and soccer but the Lord is providing some time for quiet and rejuvenation.

I get to start my day early, running and chatting with my eldest...

 having only two home during the day is certainly quieter than having all seven home all day long - most days anyway... 

 and the time that I get to spend with Maggie and Lucy after school is much less hectic as I have had Em and Lizzie time and get to concentrate on these two for a while!  

I end my day with the girlies all tucked in early and the boys, including Hubby, filling me in on the events of the day.

So I try to remember to be thankful for the moments of slow and easy as well as the moments of craziness extra craziness as this is the season we are in and this is the season that will eventually fade away and this is the season that we will never get back.

So while I search for the peaceful moments, I am just plain thankful for all the moments that He gives us.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy (belated) Birthday!

So Hubby's birthday has come and gone, as this happened...


on his birthday...


nice huh?

The upside...

we did get to celebrate with his sweet family in NC and that is always a party, esp when the good meds from the hospital have not worn off yet!


Lizzie's – not Hubby's

hehe

As crazy as it all was and thanks to some awesome gift suggestions from some wonderful friends...

the kids and I were able to get Hubby started on his teaching adventure.  My favorite suggestion was an encouragement jar that the kids and I loved creating for our Hubby/Daddy/Teacher...

thank you Jenni
filled with bible verses and little notes of encouragement, and love from all of us, that will hopefully get him through those moments of doubt and frustration.

Although after being home for the last 9 months, with 7 kids, 4 dogs, 2 crazy cats and one OCD wife...  

teaching Geometry to a classroom of sweet, obedient, quiet, respectful, eager to learn 8th graders will be a piece of cake!


Bwhahahaha!!!!!

Oh my sweet, wonderful Hubby...

How I love your quiet, respectful, eager obedience to the Lord and all that He has planned for you...

even teaching (gulp) math!

Just look at how well He has prepared you for this particular journey...







 Happy Birthday my love!

You are gonna rock 8th grade Geometry and all those Dodecahedrons! 

See, school hasn't even started and you are already teaching! 


Now can you please explain to me how 1 + 1 = 7 


Must be that "new math"!  

*snicker*

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Momentary Weakness

This is hard...

I praise the Lord for the doctors and the medical technology that will give Lizzie the best chance of walking “normally” and living relatively pain free as she grows...

but this is hard.

My Mighty Mouse is hurting and itchy and immobile and uncomfortable and not very happy about any of it.

Going from this...




to this...


has been an adjustment...


a big adjustment...

She is 8 and the big picture here escapes her...

cause she is 8

but we remind her that this is temporary and we remind her that it is OK to feel some discomfort and itchiness and we remind her that she will be even mightier than before...

and we remind her that we . love . her!

It has been a bit of a rough road for this tomboy, soccer star, fire cracker, as Lizzie relinquishes control.  We trust, however, that during this time of total dependance, her attachment will secure, our bond will strengthen and that the Lord will use this time to grow her trust and fill her heart.

There is a mighty work going on within our Mighty Mouse and He is reassuring me that this will all be for her good and not just physically...

as we pray through the pain and the itchiness and the discomfort and even the anger.

Hang in there my sweet Lizzie

 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory 2 Corinthians 4:17

It is a "momentary weakness"

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Birthday - Again!

So, this journey, this adoption journey, is not always easy.


 There are unknowns and there are unanswered questions and there are pieces of the puzzle that will simply never fall into place.


For our girls, this is particularly true in that there are memories locked away that may never be revealed...


there are memories locked away that the Lord made certain would not be revisited...


there are parts to their childhood and of their very beginnings that may not ever be made known.


Imagine not knowing why you can not control your movements or speak clearly.


Imagine not knowing why your "legs don't work so good."


Imagine not knowing why you have this huge whole in your soul that just never seems to get filled up.


Imagine never knowing where you were born or who gave birth to you or the actual day that you were born...


your birthday...


or...


 even your age.

That has been one of our struggles with Maggie and Lucy...


their age.

We have good reason to suspect that Maggie is not 10 going on 11 and Lucy did not turn 9 in April.

It is hard...

trying to determine your child's age... 

and with Maggie and Lucy, there are other factors, like they both have cerebral palsy and they both, never went to school and they are both terribly behind socially and emotionally and developmentally... 

but is that due to the CP or to the circumstances in which they lived or because they are younger than their files tell us they are??

hard to know...

so...

when people ask the girls how old they are, in their wonderfully innocent, trusting and "no biggie" kind of way...

they will reply, "I don't know...  maybe 7 or 8 or 9!"

Have I told you how much I love these girls!

We have been honest with them and they both understand that we are trying to figure all that out but that in the end, it really does not matter cause they are home and they are loved and that will not change no matter what - no matter what age they are.

Now, according to Maggie's file, the birthday given to her by the orphanage was in December...

 so we celebrated in December...


 and then we started thinking that if we are going to change her age eventually anyway, why don't we change the month as well...

cause let's face it, with 7 kids, we are crazy busy during this wonderful month!

I don't need a birthday added in to the mix and then we started thinking that as long as we were going to eventually change her birthday month...

 we might as well give her my sweet Daddy's birthday!


I think he would approve and Maggie...


well, all it took was telling her that she could have a pool party in July and she was all in...

cause that is just how sweet Maggie rolls y'all!

So off we went to JuJu's house pool and we had ourselves a pool party...


and Maggie got to swim...


and Maggie got ice cream cake...


and Maggie got a swimming Ariel doll...


and Maggie was tickled pink and once again I find myself in awe of my children...

in awe of their ability to heal...

in awe of their trust...

in awe of their happiness...

and in awe of their capacity to love.

Happy Birthday again my sweet Maggie!


 We will love you and celebrate you every chance we get!