Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mount Kearsage

It was a beautiful day.....


What was more beautiful is that we had nothing on our calendar...the first day in weeks.


Quite unexpectedly, we all decided to jump into the van and go climb a mountain....seriously.


We met Michaela and drove to the base of the mountain...it was early afternoon when we arrived.


We set out with 12 Lowman's and 2 dogs...the black flies were intense....really intense.  We started the climb and realized that Jacob was going to need assistance just about step of the way.

  

Ben stepped up to assist me in getting him up...it was physically challenging for all 3 of us.  We were also carrying packs.  We soon handed off Jacob's to one of the girls who don't have survival packs yet.  He balance was much better without it.


It took us two hours to get to the top...2,900 feet up.  This kiddo didn't give up.


We had a few mishaps here and there with some of the other kids but it all worked out.


We were exhausted by the time we reached the top but the views were....

 spectacular....


you could see far...


really far.  


Lakes, mountains, roads, farms....such a beautiful site from the iconic New Hampshire views.


This boy as well as the rest of us we're excited to be up here.  


We had some snacks, took pictures, and before starting the decent down.  We were tired...really tired and we had to get back down on the steep trail.  


Ben was tired but he stuck close by....Kiara and Sara stepped into help Jacob.  Despite a few slides, we made it down.  It took us another 2 hours....it was good.  


Team work is what made us successful....it was a beautiful thing to see our kids stepping into this role willingly.  It was so cool to hear them cheering him on.


The benefits....It gave Jacob so much confidence.  The next day he learned to ride his bike...something that he had been working on and had the scrapes to prove it.  I believe he found the confidence somewhere on that hike.


I am sure it won't be the last hike but grateful we have a few days to rest up!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Unexpected Barn Time

They call this love....


We had a wonderful day at home today....we raked the flower beds out, pulled all the bikes out of storage...the usual kind of spring things.


We worked hard....really hard.  We hoped to have a camp fire tonight but our horse Liberty had other plans for us...


I snuck out to have some horse time this afternoon.  I was out in the pasture to find the top part of Liberty's eye lid hanging...it's kind of gross.....the vet is on the way.  I was told to not let her rub her eye on anything as it can do more damage.  


Got it.


Now we wait...enjoying the quiet munching of hay and the occasional nicker to the kids playing.


I am sitting in her stall with hot tea and my iPad while my kiddos run around playing outside because...that's what love is.

The vet came.  She is all sewn up now....a good thing!

Spring

This spring is just rushing by....our son Ben keeps saying..."Mom, I can't believe it is May already.  How come it is going so fast?"

We have been extra busy this spring.  Lots of appointments getting Sara and Jacob settled.  Exciting things are happening on this front and we are grateful for that!

Jacob recently was evaluated for his special need that required AFOs....he had braces on each leg to help support him as he walked.  The doctor took them away...he said he just needs to get strong.  The smile on our boys face was huge.  It was the very thing that made him different before....not able to attend school before coming home.  

He has not looked back.  He is running in the woods, going on hikes, playing with his sword...and watch out..he shows no mercy in his sword fighting!  He has gotten so much stronger since he came home and is up for about any adventure we offer him...usually with a huge grin and a lot of excitement!

Sara has blossomed too.  She has settled in and we have discovered so many things this girl can do.  One of the most amazing is her English.  She is reading and speaking amazingly.  We just had to encourage her.  

She is also really good at Shuttlecock....a Chinese game we ordered off of Amazon.  She loves beating us at Chinese checkers and learns strategy quickly if it is a new game.

These two kiddos have been a wonderful addition to our family and we are so grateful for them.  It truly is a beautiful thing.  They have bonded with the other children too...like I said...it is beautiful!

So many people have said they are afraid of older kid adoption but I will just say out loud...it has been an amazing journey for our family that we would not hesitate to do again.



Some other updates....

Jason is still at the International Alert Academy.  He just finished an Endurance Hike of enormous proportions.  It is not for the faint of heart.  The one week he was most concerned about...Survival week became his favorite of the whole adventure so far.  We are very excited for what the Lord is doing in his life.  This mama can't wait to give him a big ole hug!

The older boys have also helped do yard work for some folks in our church.  Those boys worked hard and have been asked by someone else to help them out....I keep telling them it builds good character and is good for Alert Cadet volunteer hours....both good things.


The rest of us at home have been doing the usual spring activities...yard work, getting the horses moving, finishing up school and doing projects here and there.  We've also had some fun days in there too.  Our days are busy, we fall into bed each night but it has been a sweet time in our life....settling in.

Life is good....thanking the Lord for what he has done and what he is doing in our lives.