A Peek Into the Previous 3 Weeks

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It’s been three weeks since I’ve posted a news-y household replace. In case you don’t observe on Instagram, that’s the place I all the time share each day updates on our life — and I share numerous issues there I don’t have house to share right here!

Right here’s a peek into the final three weeks at our home:

We had been wiping some writing off the partitions and David came visiting and took a tissue and was wiping the wall with us! It was one of many first occasions he’s mimicked us like this. We had been so excited!

I’ll by no means take this with no consideration. The present of having the ability to maintain his hand, watch him play, see his smiles, hear his voice, inform him “I like you!” and listen to him say, “I like you increasingly more and extra.”

I don’t know what the long run holds for C* or whether or not or not our lives will proceed to intertwine as he grows older. Some days, that’s actually arduous and I discover myself wanting to guard my coronary heart.

Opening up my palms and my coronary heart to say, “I’ll love you with my entire coronary heart all the time and ever” is a danger and but it’s precisely what love is.

To like is to danger. To like is to step into another person’s life and say, “even when it’s arduous and messy, I select love.”

I’m so grateful his mama continues to permit us the privilege of being in his life. I’m so grateful that he’s wholesome and thriving. And I belief hold reminding myself that I can belief God for his future and never let concern of the unknown steal the enjoyment of in the present day.

And so, I maintain his hand. I look into his eyes. I say “I’ll all the time love you”. And I select to savor this present proper right here and now. ❤️

*In case you’re new right here, C was our first foster placement. We introduced him house as a tiny preemie from the NICU 4 weeks earlier than Kierstyn was born in 2020. He reunified together with his mama after 8 1/2 months of being with us. The previous three years, we’ve had the good privilege of attending to proceed to be concerned in his life and assist his mama with childcare whereas she works. Proper now, we’re watching him 2-4 days most weeks. He’s now 3 1/2 and thriving! There have been many ups and downs alongside the best way and this journey has regarded so totally different than I ever envisioned foster care would appear to be, and but God has been so trustworthy and good by all of it and I’ve realized to rely on Him like by no means earlier than.

Center college soccer season is formally right here! Silas is enjoying cornerback and large receiver this 12 months and having a blast doing it!

Jesse and I went on a {couples}’ date night time to play laser tag!

Headed to camp! Kaitlynn and Silas’ college begins with back-to-school in a single day camp for the week.

David LOVES swings!

Senior Dawn… we received up at 5 am to affix Kaitlynn’s class on the soccer area to observe the dawn, pray over the seniors, and mark the start of the 12 months.

Mother and father had been invited and any adults who’re religious mentors within the senior’s lives. Micah additionally determined to affix us… he wakened proper earlier than we headed out the door and made it abundantly clear he didn’t need us leaving with out him.

I’m so excited for you, Kaitlynn, and might’t wait to see what this 12 months holds for you!

There are a lot of new issues and modifications in your life proper now, however two issues will all the time be the identical: we love you greater than you’ll be able to even think about and God loves you much more than we do!

Go be your hilarious, artistic, compassionate self and rejoice all of the particular issues that this subsequent 12 months will maintain! ❤️

We beloved attending to rejoice our little buddy’s one-year-old birthday!

Kaitlynn received a fish on the truthful and Micah is obsessed!

First day of faculty!!

Kaitlynn is enjoying soccer once more this 12 months and is loving it!

Absorbing the previous couple of days of her summer time break earlier than faculty begins!

I snapped this image yesterday of me and Silas and am sharing it together with his permission: He’s 14. He’s fiercely aggressive, taller than me, passionate, assured, and unbiased… and he’s nonetheless a mama’s boy by and thru and I find it irresistible a lot. I hope he all the time desires to return sit proper subsequent to me and lay his head on me.

Mamas: don’t be afraid of your youngsters rising up. There’s an excellent likelihood they’ll nonetheless want hugs and TLC and wish to hang around with you — and so they’ll additionally be capable of do issues like clear the kitchen, run the laundry, prepare dinner dinner, and make you snigger till you cry with their hilarious tales and witty come backs.

Only a few days in the past, Silas got here house from a celebration and introduced me an ice cream sandwich saying, “They had been handing these out and I knew you’d like one. I received it proper on the finish so it could nonetheless be frozen once I received house.”

I really consider this parenting gig simply retains getting higher and higher.

And similar to that, she’s off to varsity!

We snapped a fast image in entrance of our storage door earlier than we waved goodbye and he or she drove away to this new season of life — with me sporting 8-day hair and the identical outfit I’d been sporting for a day and a half whereas holding a just-bathed, towel-clad child.

And in some way, it kind of felt becoming. As a result of that’s actually the message I hope she takes together with her into this new journey: present up as you’re.

You’ll by no means get all of it proper. You’ll by no means be excellent. You’ll all the time be dropping some balls. However present up anyway and love nicely. Your value will not be in your work. Your worth will not be in the way you look. You’re beloved for precisely who you’re. You don’t must do extra or be somebody totally different to win our love.

There was a lump in my throat but in addition pleasure in my coronary heart. The previous 18 years had been such a present. The following season can also be a present…

To look at her discovering offers to inventory her fridge (She already received a Kroger card and used digital coupons!)

To listen to about her displaying as much as the campus ministry occasions the place she didn’t actually know anybody and ended up having a good time and connecting with lots of people

To see her enthusiasm as she opened up her pantry and confirmed me her begin of her stockpile (see pics beneath)

To watch her making smart selections, setting objectives, planning for the long run, looking for the Lord…

As dad and mom, we’ve all the time mentioned our objective is to boost adults not dependent youngsters. I by no means knew simply how wonderful it could be to truly see your little one now adulting.

Kathrynne: we’re so insanely happy with you and might’t wait to see what this 12 months at MTSU holds for you! We additionally love that you simply selected a college shut by house since you mentioned you simply couldn’t think about being far-off from us and wish to have the ability to come house usually. We love you to the moon and again — be sure to recollect to eat sufficient meals day by day ???? and go change the world!

P.S. For many who missed my tales on Instagram, she’s dwelling in a rental home Jesse and I purchased and renting from us. We selected this plan collectively as it can save her hundreds of {dollars} in comparison with what it prices to stay on-campus + it offers her extra alternatives to study and apply real-life abilities.



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