Friday, August 26, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Project 365, Week 34

After being sick for more than a week (many of those days spent in bed), it was nice for Shaun to slowly be feeling better and gaining his strength back. It was a reminder of just how fragile we are, that our bodies, no matter how well we take care of them, are decaying. We are here for an instant and then gone from the earth.  

Keeping that in mind helps determine how to use our time each day and it also begs the question of what to do with eternity. Reminds me of this....

Also this week we had a 17 year old foster respite. As usual, we were not at all what he's used to and he might have been a bit relieved to go back to his house today. :)

August 15
I had an appointment with my surgeon at Sloan so we made it a family event, walking to and around Times Square. Also, we got a good report!

Miss Amanda Hope. :)

August 16
Swim time with cousins at the river.

The kids were so sweet freshly showered in their flannel pjs, playing with legos.

August 17
We were puppy-sitting cousin Bauer and these two had a blast together all week.

Pop included the kids in reaching a milestone...he logged 1,000 miles on his bicycle for the year (so far)! So great that they stay active and have a shared hobby they enjoy so much.

August 18
When I stepped out to let the dogs out it was raining lightly so this view was a surprising treat when I rounded the corner.

Aiden and Jared have the same pediatrician and coincidentally had appointments on the same day. Aiden checked out healthy (thank you, Lord!). The doctor was asking him questions and he answered them all very honestly like: So Aiden, do you like to ride your bike! Yes! And when you ride your bike, do you always wear your helmet? Not usually. :|

While Jared was at his appointment, we got to play with AJ. It was so sweet to hear him laugh and laugh. Big cousins are right where its at!

Big day for Aiden...the stars were aligned and he tried swimming...again and again and made some really great progress. That kid!

August 19
Sweet boy, likes to sleep as close to his sisters as possible.

Another beautiful day!

Its a good sign when Shaun's taping tools come out.

August 20
We drove the two hours to pick up H from his two weeks at YMCA camp. It was an important time and I'm so proud of him for the ways that he grew during his time away. To celebrate, we stopped for greasy, fried food because that's one of his love languages. :)

August 21
Exciting work being done!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Project 365, Week 33

Ever since switching my posting day from Sunday to Monday, I've struggled to be on time. Its only been eight months...maybe I need just a little longer to get used to it. :) Albeit it "late", here's our lovely summer week.

August 8
Amanda's first visit to the orthodontist went well. I chose him because its an easy walk from our house or school, but I ended up being impressed with him and the facility. She's missing two teeth, plus her six-year molars. Eventually she'll need braces, etc but at least for another year we are in the monitor stage.

August 9
The Texas cousins were still in town so we had a pool party (just three missing).

August 10
I love the easy rhythm of summer...and this girl!

August 11
A good thunderstorm is free entertainment around here.

August 12
It was a really, really hot week of all day soccer camp and the girls did a great job toughing it out. Hard work and toughness are highly valued around here so I was so happy to see their red faces and sweat-drenched shirts at pick up.

My grilling buddy. :)

When there is a storm just off to the south that won't bring the rain fast enough.

August 13
This baby-toothed grin. :)

August 14
I heart quiet Sundays.

H's camp is good about posting pictures each day, so we've been able to peek in on his time there. So, so thankful for the lessons he's learning and the time he's getting to just be a kid. (Also, can't wait to get some details on that cute girl and her (twin??) brother. :) Inquiring moms want to know! :)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Favorite

Hard to choose, but this is one of my favorite Instagram takeaways of the week.

All is Grace....Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

August's 10 on 10

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

Its getting light a lot later these days. Ginger and I pulled up a chair in the yard to watch a new day dawn.

We took a walk in the rain around the neighborhood to put the garbage to the curb for pickup at the rental buildings.

Soccer Skills drop off.

Attempting to keep food in the house.

The day before, I'd given clear instructions for the kids to get all their belongings out of the car. Because they didn't obey, not only did they have to get everything out, they also had to wipe it down to a shine.

On a rainy afternoon, watching the Olympics...Go Team USA!!

Top secret play happening.

New school haircut.

My dad had some work that needed to be done at his church and he knew just who to call on for the job. :)

Shaun spent the day quite sick. Ironically he had an annual physical two days prior and checked out just fine.

Rain or shine, cool or hot...we'll take you summer!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Project 365, Week 32

Shaun and I were able to get away for a few days...the first time its been just the two of us for a non-medical reason in a while. It was nice. We also dealt with some drama while we were away. Foster care, by its very definition is messy. Much of it is out of our control, and there are regularly bumps and surprises and hard. It takes determination, tons of love, grace and prayer.

I am in awe of my husband, who handles every situation with such wisdom and patience. He has such a heart for helping people and its beautiful to watch.

Despite the week's challenges, we still made good memories.

August 1
We arrived at our mountain lodge in Vermont late the night before. We picked it off of Groupon, $60 per night which included a full breakfast. Perfect!

The town clearly has the infrastructure to accommodate many people, but we were there in the "off" season so it was quite quiet.

Our room faced the golf course. We were close enough that when Shaun was putting hole six and I was standing on our room's balcony, we were able to talk. :)

A romantic dinner at a restaurant down the street. Most were closed for the season so it was easy to pick. This one ended up being so amazing we went twice.

August 2
A beautiful view at the top, about a three hour hike.

I have a new 20th niece/nephew! This is sweet Willow.

August 3
The hike the day before had gone so well, we decided we were game for more of a challenge. We hiked Mt. Killington, which has a 4000 ft. elevation...we hiked 2400 ft of it. The weather could not have been better!

As we neared the summit, a man was coming down. He took one look at me and warned that the remainder was "incredibly difficult". We smiled and thanked him but it was actually kind of an obnoxious thing to say at that point in our journey. Besides, I could have told him hours of stories about "incredibly difficult" things I've done. :) Despite his well-meaning warning, we made it to the top and the views were breath-taking.

While we were away, the kids missed us terribly and had no fun at all. ;) So grateful for family!


August 4
Together again!

August 5
My sister's (Baby Willow's mom :) kids are up from Texas for a couple weeks with their grandparents. We were invited over for a couple hours on the lake to see'd been more than a year and Allie and Levi have grown so much!

August 6
Remind me each morning of your constant love, for I put my trust in you.

August 7
Shaun's mom got the family together for a picnic on a perfect summer afternoon. Then the water balloons came out.... :)

August 8
We dropped H off at his last summer camp, I'm praying it goes well. I chose it because I think it could be life-impactful...he could use a few wins.

Our desire at Camp J is to create a place where friendships can grow and people can learn. Camp is about developing the life skills that help campers build and maintain positive relationships, learn about the difference in others, and feel confident in the person they are becoming. Our staff are selected for their maturity, character and leadership capabilities, as well as their desire to be positive role models and mentors to our campers.