There have been a lot of stressors in our home lately. I've posted here and there about them, some are just time-consuming things that throw off the entire family for a time. Others were health related/surgeries that have been coming to a close now thankfully (Brianna is still in 'recovery mode' and has foul foul breath and complained yesterday of 'ow' in her throat...). Some are the events of the next few weeks like school starting, IEP meetings, Mike's classes winding up (including a lot of work for him), and the baby coming.
Anyway, those are a few and of course there are some things that just aren't 'public' to share. But we would all really appreciate prayers for guidance in the days ahead, health for everyone, and just the ability to go through each day and accomplish not just the necessary things on the 'to do list' but also spend good time together as a family and ENJOY one another.
This weekend we took the time to do just that. Saturday we went to Sea World for the day. Everyone had a great time. I have a few pictures, but posting here has had to take a backseat to other things and will continue to do so until a time where I feel comfortable taking that 'time out' from other things to put together posts. No worries, we'll not fall of the planet, but other priorities are important! Then on Sunday after church Mike and I, K and E went outside and Mike worked on cleaning out his car and vacuuming the trunk of mine (where he'd put a stroller with really sandy wet wheels the other day LOL) and I weeded 2 of the very very needy gardens in the front yard. Brianna and Micah slept through most of it then Bria came outside toward the end.
It was a beautiful weekend- we didn't get any rain on Saturday while at the park but did get some cloud coverage near supper time when we were getting ready to leave the park. We ate lunch on the way there and dinner when we got home. About 5 hours at the park was plenty for this pregnant momma and for the kids that didn't nap much too! And on Sunday it was breezy and cloudy as we waited for the thunderstorms to roll in- which was perfect!
Mike and I have been playing chess in the evenings after the kids go to bed and last night invited his parents over and played 'Are you smarter than a 5th grader' (psst.. I got the $1Million! LOL). Down-time together is so important. For us and the kids as well as just the 2 of us.
Hopefully as some of the stressors in life get closer or are resolved (depending on the situation) things will continue to relax around here. I'm not someone that stresses out easily about things, but having a lot of different things on my plate at the same time can get tiring/overwhelming!
Thanks for following along on our journey... your support and prayers have brought our family far in the past almost-18-months since coming home from Ukraine. I never imagined blogging would become such a way of releasing to me, nor of the support that we would all find through it.