Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy Sixth Birthday!

Happy birthday to my special boy!  It has been a fun and eventful year.  

It has been such a blessing to watch you grow this year, taking so many new things in stride and xxxx

Some highlights of your year as a 5 year old, as told by Mom include:

* Your creativity and imagination continue to amaze me.  Your stories during play, your lego creations, the questions you ask, and the way you ponder the books we read remind me both how much you are listening all the time as well as how much God has blessed you with an intensely creative mind. 

* You have tackled some big new things this past year and showed us how brave you are.  Starting Kindergarten was the biggest change and you are thriving being in school full time, enjoying new friendships, and the routines of the classroom.  With Dad's help, you've started wrestling this winter and have wrestled in two tournaments, displaying good sportsmanship and handled defeats with strength.  You also recently started riding the bus home from school which is a whole different adventure (especially when the bus driver forgot to stop at our house the first day).

* You continue to care about your friends, talking about those best buddies even when we don't get to see them as often as you'd like with school full time.  You always tell us what kids you saw at recess or when you saw an older friend in the hall at school.  You've done a great job making new friends in school and wrestling.

* You've loved legos and games for quite a while but this past year it has been the focus of so much play.  It is so fun to see how you improve or adjust sets you build or unique creations you come up with when you play legos.  You've also become quite a game shark - often beating us at Sorry or Monopoly Jr.  At Thanksgiving you played regular Monopoly with your Dad and uncles, having tons of fun and winning.

* You continue to love books and are super excited to on the road to reading yourself.  You've mastered Hop on Pop and love reading it to us.  I pray you continue to love books and work hard at your reading skills so you can build a lifelong enjoyment of reading.

* You are the beginning stages of figuring what it means to be a big brother.  Even though its hard, you are doing an amazing job.  You've been sharing toys, finding things you can do with them, and sharing stories about their new schools, our extended family, summer plans etc.  When they are not here, you come of with new things to do at their next visit and pray for them.  As your new siblings move in about a week from now you'll be faced with a lot of challenges: sharing Mom and Dad, finding the time alone you need in the chaos, and figuring how to get along even when you don't agree to name a few.  We pray you find the good and wonderful in all the changes as well as you are blessing your younger brother and sister in being a big brother to them.  This is such a huge shift in our family, we're praying for you in all the transitions ahead.

Happy Birthday blessings!  Dad and I love you so much and pray your year as a 6 year old is full of new adventures, special memories together, lots of learning, and the experiences that will continue to mold you into the young man God intends for you to be someday.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Merry Christmas (belated) and Excited about the New Year

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  Praying you have a happy and healthy New Year!

So, I took an unplanned break from blogging this month :)  December is always busy with getting ready for Christmas and this year was no exception.  But we've also had some adoption things happening at the same time...

And our son has some news to share (enjoy the kindergarten inventive spelling):
"I'm getting a little brother and little sister."

We are working to adopt siblings (age 4 and 3).  We're in the "get to know each other phase" and working to figure out what this transition will look like.  They are so precious and we are head over heels in love.  There's not a lot more I can share in this public space :)  It looks to be that 2015 will be an exciting, challenging and wonderful year as we figure out how Life on the Gravelly Road works as a family of 5!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fourteen Years Ago...

It was a snowy Friday afternoon, near the end of a busy semester.  Papers, projects, finals prep and deadlines.

It was that snowy afternoon when my sweetheart came to visit and asked me a question.

"Will you go for a walk with me?"

But it was a cold, snowy afternoon and I was exhausted.  I wanted to stay in.

"Will you go for a walk with me if we stop for hot chocolate first?"

I relented.  So we went for a walk on that snowy afternoon, along the path near the lake, away from the busy campus and the reminders of papers, projects, finals and deadlines.

"Can we sit for a minute?"

On a bench, near the frozen lake, on that snowy Friday afternoon, our conversation took a more serious turn.  Special memories, love, forever.

And then he was on his knees in the snow with a ring, on that snowy afternoon to ask me a question.

"Will you marry me?"

And on that snowy Friday afternoon fourteen years ago, I said "Yes."

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving marked the last week of Thankful Thursdays on the blog for the month of November but since we were out of town enjoying the holiday with family, I decided to wait to post.

Counting blessings over the last week included: opportunity to attend adoption training class; kiddo's fun day with his aunt (which included the Lego store); seeing the kiddo sing with the kids choir in front of church; that the unexpected visit of a stomach bug was brief, spared my husband, and all were healthy in time to travel to Thanksgiving; another year of counting blessing by hanging thankful leaves on the Family Thanksgiving Tree; safe travels and a wonderful visit over the long holiday weekend.

celebrating together

Our family time during Thanksgiving went quickly... Thursday we enjoyed a big Thanksgiving dinner followed by lots of games -- Uno, Othello, Parcheesi, pool, and a very serious Monopoly game.  The next day was Christmas baking day with my mom and sister -- two kinds of cookies, dipped pretzels, oreo truffles, salted nut roll bars, and chex mix.  Saturday we traveled to see more family with another big meal and lots of great time for the cousins to play and snuggle our youngest nieces who change so quickly between visits.

And now as turn the calendar here on the Gravelly Road, we transition to Advent season and prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday (week 3)

Another Thankful Thursday here on the Gravelly Road...

* For a weekend at home together as a family.  With the holidays just around the corner, a weekend at home without a lot on our to-do list is something to appreciate!

* My husband's mechanic skills... even though that is no longer his career, he continues to bless our family with these talents.  Over the weekend he changed the oil in my car and discovered some service that needs to be done.  He saves us so much money by taking the time to do it himself.

* Being able to help out a friend who has done so much for me over the last few years.

* A fun after school trip to the library.  We don't get there as often as we did over the summer, but coming up with a stack of good books leads to an afternoon of snuggling on the couch reading -- perfect for the wintery weather.

* Serving together -- Kiddo and I attended a Food4Kidz event packing nutritionally complete food for children overseas to help in a small way to help hunger.  Events with this organization and others like are so well organized that its amazing how many meals in a short amount of time.

* For our extended family and that our son knows his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins well.  My husband and I are both blessed to still have our parents with us and 3 sets of grandparents (our son's great-grandparents).  As I wrote a sympathy card for a friend who lost her father so suddenly this week, I'm reminded what a big blessing this is.

Today I am Grateful

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