Five kids...each one it's own variety. Lots of laughter, joy and fun times. A life following Jesus...being a Jesus lover. Raising these incredible individuals and leading them towards their destiny. Stop on by, settle in for a bit and share bits and pieces of our life.
Quick pics from the weekend. William has been begging to go running with me. As I train for my 10k I have run by myself...unlike my training for the 5k. My partners either dropped out or have a different running schedule. Well, now that we moved to a regular neighborhood I have kids asking to go running with me. Though I don't think they are ready to run a few miles, I said that they could go individually on their bike or scooter. So, the picture above is of William and I after I ran 3 miles through our neighborhood and he was on his scooter. I love these moments. The longer I parent 5 kids, the more I recognize the need to spend individual time with my kids. It can be a date out, a movie in our master bedroom or something simple like this. I woke him up quietly at 6:20 and then we were off 10 minutes later. We had such a great time. William is my talker, so he chatted the whole time we were out. It felt good to be with him. Just the two of us.
And then I snapped this on Saturday when we went to visit my best friend in our new neighborhood. The kids are dying to be outside and on their bikes and scooters. It's a bit hot out still here in Florida, but that's okay. I took them anyway. We took off for our short walk and had so much fun. They are learning the rules of the road (which is needed, since they grew up on a dead end dirt road) and I was just loving my time with them. It's the little things we do. The times we spend with them...that they really enjoy!
What have you done this week with your kids?
Who knew...16 years ago this journey would look like this? Sixteen years ago these kids weren't even alive...lol. Our oldest actually took the picture, as she was on her way to class at college. Now, truth be told...this picture took several times to take. No, we weren't waiting for any babies to smile...just for my youngest, yes my 10 year old, to get himself together. He still has a funky look on his face, but I will take it. Not everyone is happy all the time. And one day we will laugh at this picture and all of Judah's antics. These treasures have made this journey incredibly difficult, but it's been worth every step. I am so blessed to be their mom. And glad that I get to be their mom. Blessings on this next year!
This girl has been caught taking selfies on our cameras. We don't realize she has taken them until we look at our phones. She is so cute...and so preteen. As we are winding down the teen years with Bryn...we are in the homestretch, we see several more beckoning. Caleb will be 13 in one month and Esther is 11...and she is just bursting to be a teenager. She still has that softness of a little girl, but we keep on seeing glimmers in her life that are totally "TEEN." The entrance of selfies is a prime example. Love it. She has always been our quiet, keep to yourself girl...but all of a sudden she is becoming a social butterfly. Lots of friends...texting them on her tablet ( you should have seen my face when she sent me her first text)...small temper tantrums. It's in the mix..and Matt and I feel a little more prepared this time. We have some experience...we know what to expect...what to pay attention to and what to just ignore. By time we are done with this load of kid…
My dad and his wife were in town the other day...and my cousin who lives 3 hours away came to have dinner with us. What a joyous day it was. Here is the first family selfie with my extended family. Good memories!