Last week was a busy one. My co-worker was on vacation and I worked nearly 30 hours to help cover (I normally only work 15) and Amanda & Cadence were in town.
By the end of the week, Luke was a little out of sorts. He's usually my more independent one, and it got to the point where he was having a hard time whenever I left the room. That was hard for me too. So by the time Saturday came around, I knew we needed a Momma-Son date =).
I had plans to hit up a giant consignment sale that day to stock up on clothes for the kids, so I packed up my baby boy and the Kelty backpack, and off we went! Luke is always up for an adventure, so I knew no matter what we did, he'd enjoy being out and about.
And fun we had!
He was SUCH a good boy and we talked and laughed and just enjoyed some one on one time. He is such a sweet boy, I swear I could just eat him up sometimes.
Last Thursday night, I wrote this post, in which I chronicled some of the challenges we are seeing in raising toddlers.
As a first time parent, it can be tempting to think "as soon as we pass (insert frustration situation here) stage, things will be much easier..."
Saturday night, I went out for appetizers an adult beverage with a dear friend. She has two children - a boy and a girl, just like I do - but hers are teenagers. As I listened to her talk about the things they are going through right now, and the parenting struggles she has, I was reminded (again) of my need to heed my Dad's sage words... "Parenting is a journey, not a destination"
Well Amanda and Cadence are in Oregon again, and on Sunday we got to spend some time together!
(clearly, it's still not easy to get a good picture of all of us looking at the camera!)
We had such a fun afternoon and it was so, so great to get to see them again! Our other sisters Vanessa and Natalie were here as well...only missing Emily who is busy working, but will join us for some fun this weekend!
Sunday was a beautiful day, so we loaded up on sunscreen and headed to a SplashPad.
Abbey took right to it...
Auntie Natalie took one for the team and got soaked with the kids...
Cadence showing Abbey how it's done...
I just can't believe how much joy I feel when I get to see Cadence. She is a living, breathing, walking, talking miracle. And every time I am in her presence I am stunned anew by God's goodness.
For those of you who are new(er) here, Cadence was born in August 2007 at 26 weeks weighing 1 lb, 11oz. She was in the NICU for months, and had multiple surgeries on her tiny little body. For months we waited and prayed. We watched as my sister and brother in law remained strong and faithful, and fought on behalf of their daughter. And now, today, we get to play with her, and talk with her, and hug her. She is a gift. Her story defies the odds. I often wonder why the Lord has us walk the paths He gives us, and I give thanks when I see my stretch marks.
Looking forward to some more family fun this weekend! It'll be the first time in three years that all 5 of us sisters have been together!!
Hmmm...where to begin?? I have been married for 10 years to a wonderful man, and after more than 2 1/2 years of waiting, hoping and praying, we were blessed with the most beautiful twins! Lucas and Abigail were born in March of 2010 at 38 weeks. God has been so gracious to us. We also have 2 adorable cats who tolerate us because we continue to feed them. I love Jesus, my family, my friends, a good cup of coffee, the beach, sleeping in, sunshine and witty banter. I choose to describe myself as "passionate" about most things. I can turn almost any moment into a kleenex moment, but that's ok... because I would rather feel too much than not enough, ya know?