My thoughts, my days, busy and full.
Busy at home, where I most love to be.
Full of the sense of well-being that comes to a mama who sees her nest being readied for the hatchlings who are still on their way.
A mama who is decidedly in her third trimester. [I still have how many weeks left to grow bigger?] Enough energy for husband, children, home, and preparations for two more precious ones. Not so much left over for…well…for much of anything else. Enough to email a little, write a little, connect with friends a little, relax and read a little…
Full of satisfaction at the ongoing re-organization of seemingly every detail of every practical corner of our everyday lives. Satisfaction at seeing the new shelves that are sprouting inside closets and cupboards and along various walls. Knowing we’re doing this for two children we cannot wait to hold in our arms.
Full of anticipation. There’s itty bitty baby boy clothing waiting to be sorted into canvas totes on our next Girls’ Night. There’s a big plastic bin up in our attic labeled, “Tommy.” The clothing in there is the same size as Stephen’s, but it isn’t Stephen’s. That bin is not just collecting Boy’s Size Four clothing, it’s collecting Tommy’s clothing.
Full of contentment seeing my man working steadily and uncomplainingly on both planned and unplanned household projects. Knowing that his love for his Master, for me, and for our children is what spurs him on to make the most of every moment. When I know he could have chosen a life that would allow him plenty of leisure time.
Contentment at the bond of companionship we enjoy after twenty years of adapting to one another within marriage.
Full of thankfulness. So much thankfulness. Today, thankfulness for the evidence of the strong, enthusiastic support of our family from close friends and acquaintances, immediate and extended family, church fellowship, neighbors, therapists, midwife, family doctor, dentist, pediatrician, other specialists, social workers, and even our local school district.
Thankfulness for a successful preliminary visa interview that took place this morning in the US Embassy in Tommy’s country. Thankfulness for our Article 5 letter and the launching of the next stage of Tommy’s adoption process. Thankfulness for lots of behind-the-scenes action that God orchestrated to make this possible.
Our thankfulness list has no end. He has blessed us with more than enough.
Full of wonder at how God is holding Tommy in the palm of His hand, proving Himself to us once again in the beautiful timing of every seemingly random detail as He brings him into our family.
Full of joy in the laughter and fun that come along with a large family.
Joy in the little lovelinesses that grace my life.
Like these sweeties~
The splashing doesn’t come across in my photos very well, but let me tell you, Katie can displace a considerable amount of water! Notice that she is strategically placed where I can draw the shower curtain against the effects of the splashing.
Speaking of the effects of the splashing…
Verity! You can turn around!
That’s right! Turn around!
One of the concerns some have about bringing a more disabled child into a family with a less disabled child is that the less disabled child will learn bad habits from the more disabled child. In reality, I am teaching two girls at once as I continue to teach Verity as I did before. We haven’t noticed any ill effects on Verity. And Katie gets it both from me directly, and by watching me teach Verity.
She’s interacting with her environment so much more readily than she did a year ago at this time, and more appropriately, too. Slowly, slowly, little by little, the healing continues.
And it’s the privilege of a lifetime to watch it happen.
Thank you, E, for blessing Katie with these nifty sneaks! They’re perfect!
Is it my turn to come out now, Mama?