Reflecting on My Boy Walking Without Assistance after 3 intensive days of therapy. I can’t even adequately verbalize my emotions. Amazingly, I watched him stand up, by himself. As a result, this was a moment I will never forget. Then, because He is awesome, he RUNS to the ocean. I’m so thankful that I caught that on my camera.
Yes, it is framed, in my house. Hunter, running to the ocean, carrying a stick. Fearless, confident, and strong. I’m amazed at God’s goodness. We still have a long road to go. Realistically, this is an unknown condition. God has healed him…we are just waiting for the complete manifestation of that healing in his little body.
I cannot adequately describe the feeling I had when I saw this. Shock. Dismay. Confusion. Hallucination. Yet, there he was standing, squatting, standing back up, and then running. It took a moment for it to sink in but when it did. Oh, but when it did. I couldn’t contain myself.
I called my sister after I sent her the video. Loudly, I told her she had to watch it while I was on the phone. As she did, I could hear her silent cries and the whispers thanking God. Then, I called everyone else I knew!
Well, after taking a blogging break in 2016 (with the exception of the many great giveaways)…I am back 🙂 I have realized that writing is very healing and therapeutic for me, so I am determined to get my blog rolling again. A Hiatus from My Hiatus in a nutshell.
Our New Years Eve was good….we made a bunch of soups and finger foods because I didn’t want to “cook.” I had all 7 of my kiddos, with one of my bonus girls and my oldest daughter’s person. We also had some friends over, who have 4 kiddos of their own and we ate, laughed, and played games. It was so nice to just enjoy the company and the good food.
Our family spent 10 days traveling to the east coast. My kids got to see the Atlantic Ocean.
We adopted our 7th child.
Our oldest had a big year, graduating college, getting a new car, getting a new job, and getting engaged.
Then, our second daughter finished high school and did fantastic her first semester in college.
Our oldest son is flying through his sophomore year and he has had the opportunity to work with a friend, who is a contractor, so he is been able to earn money, save it, and spend it.
Next, our second oldest son is reading so much better and he is doing so much better in school. We were able to get him an official dx, so that has helped to guide us through his education.
Our next son has blossomed in sports (baseball and basketball). He was approved for a bone-conducted hearing aid, so he will have that surgery at some point this year.
And our baby is growing like a weed…he is such a joy.
We have also found our forever home church-wise.
And to top it all off, my Lady is doing wonderfully!
There have been lots more highs…but that is just a beginning.
There have also been some significant lows….one of our daughters is still struggling and we have had to make big decisions regarding her future. It has brought lots of hurt and tension to our home.
Our adoption of our 7th child did not come easily and the circumstances around his adoption are still tender.
My daddy had a stroke this past summer…thankfully, he is doing well. We had to put 2 of our beloved pets down, Sadie and Little Buddy. That is always difficult.
Full of Promise
This year is full of promise. Full of intention. Full of purpose. 365 days to make a difference for the Kingdom of Christ.
I do not make resolutions because, frankly, I think they are super stupid. I do, however, make some changes and more times than not, I stick through them and then they become a habit. This year, I plan to stop making excuses for myself or my family. I plan to start saying no.
Also, I plan to stop apologizing for who I am and how I do things. I just want to live. Honestly, I realize that 1/2 my life is over…done…I cannot get that part back.
Now, what do I want my second 1/2 of life to be like?
love my family without abandon
be intentional with my relationships with my family
I do not know if it is because my life, for the last month and a half, has been CONSUMED with baseball or if the last few marbles that reside in my head are slowly falling out…I just don’t know. Life has been nuts and the summer is halfway over and I don’t even feel like I’ve had a moment to stop and enjoy it. I haven’t been in the pool….at all. Sadness.
Our vacation to DC was amazing. It was 10 days of togetherness and we didn’t kill each other. That is a huge plus. There were moments. You can’t be a large family and not have moments. I’m not going to lie…I almost threw one or two kids out of our vehicle, but it was a short-lived moment and we all ended up surviving.
Once we were home, life hit us square between the eyes. An issue that emerged, before our trip, had to be confronted and dealt with. The blow of this issue caused my health to flip flop around and I ended up with bronchitis and a double ear infection. I was slow pressed to do anything. My cousin passed away, unexpectedly.
A few days after that, my Lady had a couple of strokes. I stayed with her as much as possible during the time that she was in the hospital. In between hospital stays/runs/visits, we had a minimum of 4 baseball games a week. One boy plays in one county and another boy plays in another county.
Let’s add in we got another dog (gasp), but the dog was going to be put down because A) he is old B) he is blind C) he is toothless. All that added up to the fact that he needed me and I needed him. He hadn’t been home a week when one child decided to take him out and in the process broke his leg…I was at *you guessed it* baseball when it happened.
We took him to the vet, the next day, and the bill was going to be WAY more than what we can afford. We were prepared to put him down. I explained to the vet how the dog came to live with us and our family situation. His kindness began to shine and he did the needed surgery for free. We have still paid out way more than we are comfortable with, but he wrote off a huge amount.
Looking Up and Looking Down
My Lady finally came home and I go over probably more than I should LOL. I like to take care of her and I love to glean all knowledge out of her head! She brings me joy. Let’s add into this fun with one child getting strep throat and then a couple of weeks later contracting a bug. A car died…completely and totally.
One girl got a job for the summer and it is her car that died. Sigh.
One girl got a new job where she is driving more. Panic.
A broken window…thanks to boys and said baseball.
A leaky roof.
Broken gutters (that are brand new).
A fridge that has leaked so bad (no, we didn’t know) that it has RUINED my floor. A kitchen sink that leaks so bad, it ruined the cabinet and the other part of my floor. A broken microwave door,
and a broken-down truck….do you get the picture?
I’m going to blink and the summer is going to be over and I will have no school work-ready.
I would love for a money tree to sprout in my backyard (I actually had one of those and it died.)
I’m glad baseball is ending next week (Boo won the whole thing and earned a gold ring with his team). I plan on doing a whole lot of nothing during the month of July. However, I do want to get my house cleaned. Also, get people to fix the things that need to be fixed. I want to repaint the laundry room (due to the water damage). Finally, I need to get schoolwork put together so I can take that concern off my plate.
The older I get, the more time FLIES. It is flying but I realize that we are getting closer to the Lord’s return. When He returns, we will be in new heaven with no more pain, no more sadness, no more water leaks, no more broken down vehicles, no more darkness…..O, what a GLORIOUS day!!!!!!
Top 18 Lessons Learned About Camping in Gatlinburg
Here are the Top 18 Lessons Learned About Camping in Gatlinburg. I hope it helps you if you decide to head that way.
If you are standing under a tree, after a thunderstorm, and you shake said tree for effect, you will get wet.
There are 31 CrackerBarrel’s in between Benton and Gatlinburg.
Bug said 5,985,375,956 words ON THE TRIP DOWN THERE!
Rats on the sidewalk do not constitute wildlife.
When you see boxer briefs laying outside your camper, don’t assume it is your husband’s and pick them up.
When your awning isn’t tied down, it will blow over your camper during a thunderstorm.
Pirates DO NOT live in Pittsburgh.
Teen girls will cry randomly and without warning.
BEWARE: twitterpated animals are everywhere (the ducks beside your camper, the chickadees in the KFC parking lot, and even the skunks on exhibit), be prepared to body slam your teenager when she is arguing with the younger 4 children over the fact that the animals are not fighting, they are ____________.
Camper upholstery is very ugly, but the fact that it is durable and can stand up to copious amounts of ketchup makes up for that fact.
Yes, there are real Indians in the world.
If you run out of room in the trunk of your vehicle, feel free to duck tape the remainder of your items on the hood of your car.
When searching for a “free” hermit crab prepare to hear “want crabs?”. It is an innocent question.
You will never meet a stranger while camping
Urine…it happens……whether in the camper (sans toilet) or off the mountain.
Campers will always tell you which rope, knot, and tree to use when tying up your children.
If you open the gate to the swimming pool, move out of the way, it can cause black eyes.