Thursday, April 21, 2016

LATELY: HIGHS & LOWS

I absolutely cannot believe that there is only one more week in April.  How did that happen?  😳😳😳  Here are a few of the highs and lows from the past month.

High:  We had an actually good family walk one evening.  One of our children in particular has not been exactly great to take on these sorts of outings, but she seems to be improving, even if ever so slightly.  We'll take it!

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High:  My sister welcomed my sweet niece into the world one Sunday morning in April, and she is beyond precious.  I am dying to get my hands on her and kiss her full cheeks.

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Low:  Grocery shopping with these three.  They can be okay for about 20 minutes, but after that, it sort of devolves into a spectacle that draws a bit of attention.  I basically try to do it any time they are taken care of by someone else, but there are grocery emergencies, as every mother knows, and sometimes it cannot be avoided.  🙈

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Low:  Realizing that I may need to take a teeny bit of a break from my relationship with sugar.  One day after making two pies for our D-Group, I ate three pieces of them.  In one day.  And I didn't feel very good - shocker.  So, I'm trying to cut back on my sugar intake in general, and since I'm aiming at anything less than three pieces of pie in a day, things are going better!  🙌

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High:  Getting to celebrate a great year with these lovely women.  I already miss my Bloom group!

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High:  The big girls and I enjoyed the beautiful wedding of one of our babysitters, and since she's moving away - we're really going to miss her!  The wedding really glorified the Lord, and I was thankful for Lily and Bella to witness something so moving, even if they can't yet understand everything.

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Low:  We took all four kiddos to the dentist, which was a bit overdue.  The twins were not really game for having their teeth cleaned, and after she had screamed through a very minor teeth check, Violet then stuck out her tongue and spit it at the dentist.  She did it again when he smiled as he left the room.  Parenting has really delightful moments chock full of humility for us.  😝  Lily ended up having 3 (three!) cavities, and we found out that enamel failed to show up on one of Bella's permanent teeth, so we have more dentist visits in our immediate future.

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High:  This past weekend, our church partnered with a predominantly African American church to do service projects all over the city.  We served at our school, and it really was a privilege to work alongside so many.  (I really chased William and Violet around all morning and made repeated trips to the potty, so I'm confident that I was not much more than moral support.)

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We then had a joint service downtown in the amphitheater, and worshipping together with so many gave me a glorious picture of what eternity might look like.  We did get to spend a lot of time wheeling the antsy twins around, but otherwise, it was a great experience!

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Low:  I backed into someone with our van.  When we got out to exchange info, she couldn't find any of hers and said her phone was dead.  I ended up texting all of my insurance info to what turned out to be a fake number that she gave me.  Fortunately - or rather unfortunately - none of this matters, since I was probably at fault.  Just another thing on our list of things that need to be fixed. 😁

High:  We enjoyed hosting our friend, Brian, all weekend for all kinds of family fun - including the service project.  I figured it helped if I could bring another capable adult to cancel out bringing the twins.  We 💙 Brian - though we missed Steph and the kiddos!

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High:  We are nearing the twins' birthday, and they do actually seem older each day.  They graduated from Developmental Therapy which stops at three - we will miss Miss Sarah!

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Low:  Anytime I try to take a picture of William, he says, "I no WANT to take a picture!" and hides his face.  Hopefully I can break him of that habit.  If I can wear him down with repetition, I certainly will.  😉

High:  John got to go to an NBA playoff game in San Antonio this week with several other CFA operators that he was traveling with for a conference.

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This week I've been immersed in party projects to celebrate our sweet twinsies!


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