As of today, all of my babies are back in school! We are all trying our best to adjust to our new schedule, but with different starting times, buildings, and therapies all over town, it can be tricky.
Jillian is in third grade and started last Wednesday. She has her Miss Debbie back this year, and we are so grateful for the support she gives our special girl.
It is freshman year again for our dear Emily. This time she is far from home on her first grown up adventure.
Four year old preschool was the destination today for our tiny, but mighty Molly. She has the same teacher this year too which always makes the transition so much easier on all of us.
First grade started today for my Anna Mei who is in her second year of home school. I love having her with me, and she still needs to be close so it works out for both of us. I can't wait to see where this year takes us, and all that we learn. Eighteen, eight, six, four, and two will never happen again around here so I am determined to savor it!
The car is packed...overflowing really, and today is the day that I begin the journey to take my first baby to college. I don't know how we got here, and I honestly don't know how we will survive. I am an emotional momma by nature as I feel deeply about everything that matters most to me. I can cry buckets over Gotcha Day videos even if I have no earthly connection to the parents welcoming their new babe. I can rarely get through a worship set on Sunday morning without spilling a few tears, and often I choke back many daily as my sweet girls ask about their China mommas. Anyway, the next three days as I move this dear girl of mine out of my house will not be pretty for this momma. No mascara will be worn. Don't get me wrong, I want this. This is what we parents plan our whole lives for..we love and train so that they can leave the nest and be successful. I know that in my head without a doubt, but getting my heart to agree is another matter entirely. I know many mommas say that the time goes by so quickly, and I would definitely agree. I have done my best to prepare for this, and here we are just like that. Today the journey begins. Tomorrow, we will arrive at her new home, unpack the cute, aqua decoupage crafts, hang the paintings, make her new bed, and close the door on her childhood. YIKES! My dear girl is ready, and I am so glad because this sobbing momma couldn't take it if my girl was a crying mess beside me. If you think to pray for strength, this momma would be forever indebted to you as I know that I can do all things through Christ even if it means leaving my heart in the world without me beside her.
Boy, I am going to miss this dear girl when she heads back to school. Her joy is infectious and we have enjoyed having her with us every minute this summer. I can't believe that she is in third grade this year.
Anna Mei was up and at going at 5:50 AM this morning as usual. I love that my girl is an early riser. Not only is she an early riser, but as soon as she wakes the girl is ready to go. She had this spa up and going a bit after 6:00 AM this morning, and boy was it fun!
Molly got in on the action, and did a lovely job making herself even prettier than she already is.
Even Jillian wanted to play with us which always makes this momma so very happy.
Her nails were quite a sight with the red polish accenting the mug and dirt that is ever present on my mud loving girl's hands.
Anna Mei was my make up artist too.
If you ever feel like a 5:00 AM manicure, our kitchen table is the place to be.
Another beautiful morning to be beyond grateful for the fun these little girls bring me. Beyond blessed to be their momma!
I rock this baby to sleep, and hold her during her naps as much as I can. As I snuggle this little babe against my chest, it is impossible to not be overcome with just how miraculous all of this truly is. We have five amazing daughters that God has allowed us to raise for Him in this season. Four beautiful babes from across the ocean. Once orphaned, these sweet, precious girls are now cherished daughters who, though they have no biological connection to us, are grafted into our hearts. We call them ours. Daddy takes them for bike rides. They run into his arms when he comes home from work. They sing VBS worship songs at the top of their lungs while they dance around our living room at night. Though life with four littles who have varying degrees of special needs, and one big girl who is about to go off to college is so extremely chaotic, this life is so much more abundantly blessed by their presence than I could have ever imagined when I set out dreaming about what my life might look like when I started all of this. I didn't even know to dream this big for my time here on Earth. My dear man's favorite idea, that we first heard at a teen conference, is that God's plans are so much bigger than your imagination. That is so true in our lives. As I hold this dear one in my arms, I have so much reason to give thanks to God for planning this incredible life for me. I continue to feel so unworthy of parenting these babes as I make many mistakes throughout the day, but God continues to show me about His mercy and grace in my life. This huge story for us just started with one yes. My has God taken our very shaky yes when we signed on, and turned it into a big, giant faith shaping journey. Friends, knowing God and serving Him is the thrill of my life. It is all that matters. The only hope that never fades throughout our crazy, chaotic days. I am so very grateful to know Him today, and all the days of my life, because, while so much about life isn't easy, I always have hope in Him.
How can it be that we are moving this young woman out of our house in just three short weeks?
I have no answers, but the reality is our time with this girl as a child are gone..just like that. I am grateful to God for the gift of this incredible girl who was the first to make me a momma. I am even more grateful that God didn't follow my plan of only doing this momma thing once because having an empty nest in just three short weeks would not have been a good idea. What was I thinking in my twenties? Grateful God gave me just a few more of these beautiful babies (two of whom will likely never leave me) because my nest will never be empty. Praise God for His plans!
I am a Christ follower, wife of 20 years to my best friend, and a stay at home momma to five amazing daughters. I am currently waiting for one precious special needs treasure to come home from China. I am passionate about the orphan and special needs adoption. I love to teach God's word, am involved in youth ministry alongside my dh, and love,love, love cooking. Above all, I desire to serve God and surrender my life to His call.