Monday, January 16, 2017

Project 365, Week 3



January 9
The kids braved the cold to take advantage of the leftover snow.


January 10
The only photo I have left from the 10th. Its a clean sink at the end of the night. I'm not one that feels like the kitchen has to be all cleaned up before bed but I read this article and was inspired to at least give it a try and see if it works for me. Its not likely to last long.


January 11
January is set aside for prayer and fasting at our church each year and special services are held. I took Avery and H to the mid-week service and it was amazing. They are SO excited to go this week!

My dear friend got up and she and her husband briefly shared the story of the miraculous way God healed him last year.

January 12
Aiden and I had a little pocket of time that was just the two of us, so we went to the park and watched the dog skate around on the ice. :)


January 13

Z's grandmother made me aware that Z's school was playing a school in our town on Friday afternoon, so we got to see him in action and then talked with him for a few minutes. I also got to talk to his grandmother during the whole game. I thank her often for allowing us to stay in his life.


Amanda was nervous about her upcoming game, so Shaun talked her through plays and positions while watching the boys play.



The basketball program is back at the kids school and the girls (with a significant amount of encouragement from their father) joined.






It went in. :)


Teammates/classmates/friends.


My morning was filled with meetings regarding H and one thing that came out of them was some positive-direction news regarding school. So after the games, we went to celebrate. We also recognized the bravery and perseverance that it took for the girls to get out on the court.


January 14
Early morning sky.


When we talked about goals and resolutions at the beginning of the month, Aiden declared that he wanted to learn how to swim. So...swim lessons it is.


January 15
Happy Birthday to me. :)

One of the (many) gifts of cancer is having to take a long, hard look at your own mortality. You think you have this long life stretched out before you but then you realize the end really does come, and maybe sooner than you were planning.

Shaun told me no less than three dozen times yesterday, Happy Birthday...I'm so thankful you're here. Because, I almost wasn't. But I am. And never again will I begrudge a birthday...it is truly a celebration.




Thursday, January 12, 2017

January's 10 on 10

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month (Tuesday).
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day! }

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love.


Avery and I were up much of the night with her stomach bug.


I walked the kids to school and Amanda screamed/cried the whole way, Can we please take the car? I'm SO cold! Can we please take the car? I'm SO cold! Can we please take the car? I'm SO cold! Can we please take the car? I'm SO cold! My legs are burning!

Later when I got in the car to go to work, the temperature read 4 degrees. Oops....we probably should have taken the car to school. :(


Pretty scene on my drive.


So much to do!


A teacher called me from the high school, clearly just moments after the incident with H had happened. I could picture that her neck was still red and veins were popped out as she was relaying the events in the classroom. (she called me at work, I took the picture later...at 3:26, to be exact ;)


Back home with my girl, who was feeling much better.



And lucky girl, her siblings brought her homework home for her. :)


Sweetest Lego guy, who craves alone time just as much as his mom and dad.


Amanda found an empty photo album and got to work selecting pictures she'd like to print. "Mom, there aren't any good ones here." (in the 10,000 she was looking through ;)


After a heart to heart with H, sandwiched between basketball drop off and pickup, I felt it would be good to play a game together. Aiden got some help when his dad came home from work for the last bit of the game.


Life is messy and hard and full of blessings. At one point in my conversation with H he said "I wish life was easy".  In my head I said bah!, out loud I mentioned a verse found in the Bible and it was also referenced in church last night during a special service.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Project 365, Week 2

We're trying to love January, with its cold days and shoveling chores. Its taken me this long to post because my arms were too tired to type. :) This week was getting back into our routines after Christmas break.

January 2
New Christmas toy and old friends.


January 3
One thing nice about the cold, dark days of winter is there is more time devoted to snuggles and working on our read-aloud book. Such a special time, for all of us, I think.




January 4
More often than not, these two have been getting along recently. Two common interests that bring them together are Legos and "spies".


January 5
We are not huge animal people and having one dog to care for just about maxes us out. Still, Amanda systematically wore me down, convincing me that we needed to add a fish to our crazy. With the promise that she'd be solely responsible and would use her own money, we finally stopped at the pet store.


January 6
We were all genuinely surprised the next morning to find the fish, "Flow" was still alive.


After their half day of school, the kids got right to work doing what they do best. Playing. :)






January 7
And then snow all day Saturday.





H got a new snowboard for Christmas and this was his first chance to try it out. Amanda was giving him lessons, which could have turned out a couple different ways, but it ended up being a good thing.


January 8
Cozy jams x 3.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Project 365, Week 1

Happy New Year! I'm kicking off this 2017 Project 365 (my 9th year doing P365!) with a whole lotta photos. We spent the week doing many family events for the holiday week.

December 26
We said goodbye to our New York/CA family and said hello to "D", a respite placement who we had for the week. We gave him a quick tour of the house and we were off to a Christmas luncheon with Shaun's family and an evening with my two sisters and their families.


December 27
Thankful for slow mornings!!


And...family time!









December 28
Slow mornings. :)


We attended our foster agency's annual bowling party.


December 29
The girls spent the afternoon with Grandma so the boys and I went on a little walk. Ginger didn't seem to notice that the water was ice cold.



December 30
We got to celebrate my SIL's 40th birthday. She's been a good friend for many years and I'm so thankful for her life.




While we were there, the kids were in Boston with Pop and Kiki. They took time to celebrate good news from the doctor.


December 31
I like the idea of doing something fun and special for New Year's Eve, but I never have the heart to put anything together so close to post-Christmas. We had a quiet evening at home...watched a family movie and then I went to bed while Shaun and the kids stayed up playing videos games, waiting for the ball to drop.


This was a fun little collection of my top "liked" Instagram pictures for 2016.


January 1
We went to the noon service at church, which we almost never do, and it was a nice way to start the New Year. Loved the reminder of God's faithfulness....its truly overwhelming.

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we've come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us
Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You've done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us
Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

In keeping with tradition, we spent the afternoon with Shaun's grandmother. She made a delicious meal and had presents for all the kids.