Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Year In Review

It's seriously ridiculous to try to sum up a year with just a few words and photos, but I'm going to try.  This blog lies neglected for many reasons.  First of all, there is just TOO MUCH going on and it makes it hard to know where to start.  Some of it is too personal for the internet.  Some of it is too boring for the internet.  Some of it feels too time-consuming to try to summarize.

I struggle with blogging because I don't really know who reads them anymore.  Seems like Instagram took over blogs about five years ago.  But I still like blogging better.  It's probably a generational thing.  I don't want just a few tidbits.  I want it in journal form.  Long, wordy, and full of pictures... more than just one "perfectly posed" one.

So I decided I will keep blogging as time permits.  For posterity...  but mostly for myself.  I like it.  So whoever is still out there... enjoy!

Because I can't back up and summarize an entire year, I'll give you one pictures from each month since I last updated.

First day of 7th and 9th.  This might be the only day these shirts were completely white so we had to document.  The other three are still homeschooling.  Having Graham and Asher gone most days made it a whole lot quieter around the house, and the little three developed a pretty special bond.

This one turned 8, and I'm super glad he still wanted a costume for his birthday.  He's always my baby, no matter how old.

Joseph is 10 and requested Red Lobster for his birthday dinner.  It wasn't his year to have a party, so he settled for all-you-can-eat cheddar biscuits.  

They clean up pretty nice.  I don't know what it's like to have a daughter, but I can say that I'm so proud of each of these boys turning into men.  I know everyone says it, but it happens overnight.  One day they are eating goldfish crackers and carrying around their toys in their chubby little hands, and the next they declare they are done playing with Legos.  When did it happen?  When did they stop playing and begin the entry into manhood... spending time researching camping equipment and colleges?  I don't remember.  I'm thankful for each season, but always feel like I could have used a little longer in every one (except for my OWN junior high years!)

Our "official" foster care license!  We spent a lot of the summer scanning every piece of paperwork that our family has (birth certificates, driving records, auto insurance, social security cards), running around town getting fingerprints, TB tests, doctors appointments, and attending classes.  Becoming a foster parent is not for the faint of heart.

So much fun skiing through Winter Storm Helena.  And thankful for time with my family.

January 25
Just after I had spent at least 45 minutes complaining to a friend that this foster care thing just probably wasn't going to happen, (because my faith is SO strong!) my phone rang while I was going through the McDonald's drive-thru to get an ice cream cone for the boys.  They had a three day old baby girl needing a home, and the rest is history.  We all spent most of this winter loving and nurturing her.  We didn't get much done.  Our house was probably messier than it's ever been.  I had to remind myself every night, as we fell into bed exhausted, that this is important.  Loving her is easy, but so many other parts of foster care are hard.

Well, lots of newborn snuggles.  The boys literally fighting over who got to hold her.  At this particular moment, Joseph won.

Grateful for Grandma and Grandpa who lovingly served us.  The boys always cry when you leave, which I think is the sweetest thing ever.

I'm starting to see pictures like this and realize that these years of all being together are coming to a close.  Graham will be driving this winter and it will change everything.  But for right now, I love all my people being all together and how much they love Sweet Sammies.

We finished school and headed to southeast New Mexico to explore two more National Parks.  They just NEVER disappoint.  I love seeing the boys in awe of things that they should be in awe over.  What God made is so creative and amazing and fun to explore.  

Now it's June, and I want time to creep by as slow as humanly possible because summer is my favorite.  
Summer forever.  Pool days forever.