Last Sunday my baby boy turned 4.  This was surprisingly difficult for me.  I look at him, now a little man and think when and how did this happen?  My pregnancy was completely unexpected, in the midst of so much pain and heartache as his birth father battled for his life.  His birth catapulted me into an arena of caring for an infant, caring for a terminally ill spouse, caring for a two year old and caring for a severely handicapped child (Caleb was a very independent six year old).  Although it was extremely difficult, he brought so much joy to my life during those very tumultuous months, and as a toddler he brought a smile to my face on a daily basis.  I’ve been busy his entire life, busy with cancer appointments, caring for my children, a new marriage, adopting three children, two moves, one out of state, writing a book, writing a blog, and blending a family, and now I look at him and stand in awe – my baby is no longer a baby, he is a little man.  I adore you Joshua Isaac, may the Lord richly bless you all your days. 

babyjoshBaby Josh

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igotscoobyI got scooby!

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birthdaysuckersso sweet, sharing his birthday suckers

Ryan’s dad also came for a visit.  This is basically my glimpse into what my husband will be like in twenty years or so.  They fished and arrived home empty handed, sparking an interesting conversation about how fishing is like golf. Apparently it’s the thrill of the catch, not necessarily the idea of KEEPING the catch.  I still don’t quite understand the sport of fishing but apparently fishermen (or Ryan) likens the experience to that of going golfing; the thrill of catching the fish is like catching a golf hole? I don’t follow the whole analogy, perhaps someone can clarify, but I think it’s along the lines of conquering something.  He tried to relate it to a woman’s love of shopping, which didn’t work on his woman because that is not a relaxing or conquering type of activity for me.

They also started a few household projects one being our air conditioner which is now fixed and renovations on our bathroom and laundry room.  More specifically, we are turning our bathroom into a laundry room and transforming our front breezeway into a bathroom.  The new bathroom will be immediately off the kitchen, easy access for Luke as he ages, and it will have an outside entrance as well, easy access for any guests staying in our trailer.
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Like father

laundry1start of laundry room renovations

laundry2washer and dryer are in!

bath1Starting on the bathroom

remainsthe aftermath


The girls and I had a goofy night of making head wraps.  Not a lot to say about this but a whole lot of goofiness, giggles, and happiness.  Funny how old material scraps can have that affect. 

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head1She’s not quite sure about this look.

 Finally, no date night this week, but we did have a fun family night.  I made appetizers, dips and chips and a pioneer woman shrimp dish, which 5 out of the 9 loved.  We ended with a fire that despite his best efforts, Ryan finally resorted to making the modern day way, with a box of matches.  The kids had a blast, roasting marsh mellows, posing in eerie ways, catching mom and dad letting loose, and having way too much fun creating special effects with the camera.

fire1                           “YOU ARE MAN, I AM FIRE!”

 

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fire3                           ghosts!
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fire7RED HOT LOVE!

 

JUST KEEP LIVIN!!

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