Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Friends are so important, aren't they? They lift us up, they make us feel valued, they give us encouragement, laughter...friends are a precious gift from God and good for our soul!

The last five years have truly been a whirlwind in my life. In 2008, I started my master's program. Between school and work, I was so busy that time with friends was non-existent. Even emailing friends that I had previously "talked" to every single day became a thing of the past. I promised myself that as soon as I finished school, I would renew my commitment to the friends I had neglected during the previous two years.

The day after I took my last exam and the same day as commencement, I had surgery. And two weeks after that, we got the email that would change our life forever. Before I even started my new job as an NP, Mark and I had begun the paper chase to bring our Miss Maia home. We did everything we could to expedite the process. All of those friendships I intended to refresh? Put on the back burner.

We got home with Maia and before we even acclimated to being a family of three, the race began to get Matthew home before he was transferred from the detsky dom. And all of a sudden, we were a family of four.

I had been away from my new job for about 16 weeks in the first year. As soon as we got back from our second trip to Ukraine, I returned to work. Between adjusting to being a mom of two and a completely new nursing role, I was lucky to get matching shoes on in the morning. Time for friends? Ummm... not so much!

About the time I was finally starting to feel like life was calming down and maybe, just maybe I could catch up with those beautiful women that God had brought in to my life, Maia got sick. And again, I was barely able to breathe as we adjusted to a new "normal."

Unfortunately, these crazy past five years have taken a toll on many of my friendships. It saddens me greatly that many wonderful relationships have went by the wayside. My circle of friends has become smaller.

Yet this week, I am so thankful for friends who are good for my soul! An email from a dear friend Mary Ann reminded me of the importance of friendship as we travel along this journey. God has blessed me with a few friends who just totally understand where I'm at. They continue to hang in there with me even though, more often than not, they are the ones on the giving end. They help remind me that I don't have to "have it all together." Even though I am never going to make "mom (or wife) of the year," it doesn't mean that I am a rotten mom (wife), either. They strengthen me and they are a priceless gift - one I do not take lightly. And ladies, one of these days I may finally figure out how to balance life a bit better. In the meantime, know that I do not take you for granted and you are often in my prayers! Thank you for blessing my life with your friendship!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thankful for the reminder

These pictures were taken at our local pumpkin patch. The first was two years ago, the second this year. How my kiddos have grown!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

thankful thursday

Today is about Matthew. He started young athletes, a program at the Jr. college for students to work with young kids at the gym. Matthew likes this a lot and we get to burn off some of his ENERGY.

I'm thankful this program is here for him because he is also learning to follow directions better.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Here it is... Another Thursday. Two weeks since my last post. Ugh! Intention and action are two different things, aren't they? But, I here and I am thankful.
- School is in session. The kids are enjoying being back in the routine. Matthew is attending kindergarten in the morning every day and "Kindergarten plus" four afternoons/week. This session builds upon the skills learned in the morning, using different methods (play, activities, etc.). He is eager to get on the bus every morning! Maia is attending Early Childhood Special Ed again this year four mornings/week. One afternoon/week, she attends a typical preschool class with her peers. Today was her first day there. Hoping that this will be a positive experience for her.
- Since school is in session and Matthew is attending full days 4x/wk, this means that Mark gets a bit of a break when both kids are gone. He deserves it! 
- Actually, Mark hasn't had much of a break yet. So far, he has been using the time to work on our old house. We are almost ready to put it on the market and I am thankful for that. Praying for a quick sale!
- Finally, thankful as always for God's reminders and reassurance that he walks each step of this journey with me. Some days, I feel stretched beyond what I think I can possibly handle. And I remember that He never claimed the road would be easy. But, His ways are perfect!

Oh... And now, I am thankful that my sweet hubby just reminded me that it's only Wednesday. So... You are getting this a day early. Sigh... I guess that's better than my usual tardiness - lol! I will try to post some pics soon!