Tomorrow my mother-in-law is hosting dinner for the whole extended family in our area. She is always willing to host, plan, cook, and clean up for these big events, and I sure do appreciate it.
I have two children with birthdays next week. My preemie will turn 13, and my oldest daughter will turn 17. As cliche as it sounds, it is hard to believe.
I had my husband by my side on this beautiful spring day while we hid dozens of Easter eggs for our children to find. Two months ago he was just coming out of the post-surgery fog after having open heart surgery. I remember feeling very alone at the time. I am thankful that he is recovering so well.
7 of our kids hunted high and low through the yard to find eggs. It was so nice that even my almost-17-year-old wanted to participate. I am already thinking of ideas for a grown-up egg hunt for future years. :)
My husband and I got to go out to buy some special cupcakes, some area rugs, and a few other items today. We ended up stopping by my mom's house. I am so thankful that she and her husband now live close enough for us to see them often and share support through all that life brings. With new children, multiple surgeries, chemo, car accidents, and many other things going on between both households, support and comfort of family is a blessing.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
So I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about mindset and attitude lately.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Good things today:
1. I actually read a book for pleasure today. As so often happens, I randomly plucked a book off of my shelf and got into it, and serendipitously found that it addressed some of what's happening in my own life. The message I got was a confirmation that I am not alone in feeling conflicted about some of the things in my life, that putting words to them is not shameful, and that feelings can grow and change.
2. This children played well together today and were less clingy than some recent days. It was a helpful respite from recent family dynamics.
Bad things today:
1. My husband had made a crock pot full of soup beans a few days ago. He forgot to put them away, so then they sat out. His disposal method? Set the crock of old beans on the deck. Where the dogs would eat it. And then they would vomit. Repeatedly. In the house. And there were children waking up who didn't know what was going on, who would see the dogs by the back door and would let them back in, and then they would barf again.
And did I mention that we were out of paper towels?
This was not a nice way to start the day. Though it is very nice that I now have several children who are old enough to clean up dog barf without assistance.
2. One kid peed their bed last night, which resulted in quite a bit of laundry. This kiddo needs to not only be reminded to pee before bedtime, but you actually have to stand outside the bathroom door to listen to be sure he actually goes. Good times!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
In November we added two children to our family.