Tuesday, May 9, 2017


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.

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