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New Year, New Baby, New Post

I’m trying to get the hang of being a mother of 5 children. The toughest for me is having a toddling, 2 year old boy. He is a delight and his energy and enthusiasm are endless. I must admit being a little nervous about S’s reaction to his new little brother, as well as his behavior toward him. He has been nothing but gentle, concerned and loving. He will hear the baby cry and make sure that I know that he is crying. He will rub his head and say, “Otay, baby.” I am sure they will be good, good pals.
Motherhood, while (I believe) it is the toughest job on the planet, is also the most fulfilling. At the end of the day, as I assess it all, I fall asleep smiling at the bountiful blessings that come with my vocation. I am loved. I am blessed.

Woo Woo!

My boy is all about things that go. What boy isn’t? Among his favorites are, of course, trains. We took him to the local train tracks for his 2 year old photo shoot. He thought it was pretty fantastic that he could play with his trains on the real tracks!

Muddy Guy

S made a brilliant discovery at the soccer fields this morning–MUD!

Day with V Part II

Big Boy, Bath and Choo Choo

Sweet, sweet boy-new noises, new energy, new love!

Bath time

It’s good to be back!

A Little Levity

The mere presence of little ones (not to mention adorably Halloweened-up little ones), during this week of sadness and loss, has brought so many smiles and such joy.  A difficult week is ahead for my family, but we are all together and faith-filled and will get through this.  During times like these, you can’t just curl up cry all day when you are a mother.  Children have needs and it is a blessing to be needed, especially now.

A Mother’s Sorrow

Yesterday we got the horrific news that my oldest brother died suddenly of a heart attack.  That one phone call has altered our lives forever.  No parent should ever lose their child.  It has been so painful, not only to realize that my brother is gone from this life, but to see my parents suffer through such anguish.

Eternal rest grant unto him Oh, Lord.

Birthday Date

Little R has been patiently awaiting her birthday date (a tradition we have recently started).  Today was R’s birthday date with Mommy!  She had big plans, indeed!  We painted pottery together, stumbled upon an amazing dollhouse museum, enjoyed a delicious lunch (with hot chocolate for my girl) and topped it off with a mani/pedi!  R is such a sweet, selfless and joyful little girl.  What a gift she is in our lives.  What a precious, precious gift.

Sweetest Tooth Fairy Around

V had a little ballet performance this morning and was able to wear her Halloween costume.  She not only wanted to be a fairy, she wanted to be the Tooth Fairy!  Guess who had to figure out how to make that happen?  It was actually a really fun project and she was thrilled with the results, which is all that matters, right?  She was very poised in her class today and seemed to enjoy every moment.  It was an added bonus that her grandmother (my Mom) came to watch.

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