Well, folks – this is my 171st blog post. Who knew?! I love wordpress’ dashboard that has all of this fun information. I’ve always been one for numbers and data…rumor has it that at my 5th birthday part, I was taking stats on who was winning all the games. Apparently that competitive nature starts early too.
Things have been so fun around here lately. Two weeks ago, I was on my way to Germany to pick up Kalyb. He had been having a difficult time transitioning to life in Germany, so his mother decided it would be best for him to come back with us. I can’t imagine having to make such a decision and I commend Maggie for making such a selfless and difficult choice. In trying to be as sensitive and respectful to that situation as I can be, it’s difficult sometimes to blog about our life with Kalyb. Don’t you worry – for his sake, I’ve got something else under my sleeve that maybe at some point in the next 20 years he’ll actually care about. Until then, I’ll keep on keeping on!
We so appreciate all the love, prayers, and support that have come our way. Kalyb is attending kindergarten at the school that I teach at (although I’m on the secondary level, it’s still all on the same campus) – he had a pretty good week: 1 AWESOME day, 2 GREAT days, and 2 days we need to work on. If we can keep improving from there, we’ll be good to go! He’s become a little twitterpated with my co-worker’s 2nd grade daughter and they get to play together after school each day. We’ve been busy, busy, busy trying to work out how to share one car, get everyone to their activities on time, etc. etc. On Wednesday, we were surprised with a little ‘Welcome Kalyb’ party that my co-worker put on. I can’t tell you how thankful and loved we felt! THANKS so much, my people at Life School, who support
me us so well!
And we’ve been laughing like no other. Seriously, this kid is COMICAL. His one liners, wit, and comebacks have me rolling! We try to explain things are funny ONLY the first time, but as he so graciously pointed out, ‘you’re still laughing and it’s the second time, so it must still be funny’. Oh dear.
It is so humbling to live life with a little one. Having him around reminds me to speak more gently and lovingly to my husband if I’m going to have someone emulating my actions. Having him around reminds me of my DESPERATE need for Jesus as I cling to Him for direction, wisdom, strength and patience. Having him around reminds me to be careful what I’m doing as there will be someone else doing the same thing. It is such a blessing. I’m so aware of making sure that my choices, thoughts, and actions reflect Christ and his love and grace. I love raising Kalyb with my husband – he is such an incredible dad: so doting, and fun, and consistent, and always willing to do more and to get better.
Three weeks ago as I woke up to enjoy a quiet Saturday of coffee and quiet time, I thought to myself, ‘well, here’s my last quiet Saturday for quite some time’…however, here I am again! Enjoying a quiet Saturday morning by the tree, the candles, and the lights as my boys sleep the morning away. Every now and then I think I hear some rustling, but it seems to be just sleep adjustments as there have been no footsteps yet!
This is clearly not a thought-out and organized post, but I forgot to mention Thanksgiving! We got to enjoy Thanksgiving over at Tio Pepe and Aunt Ruby’s – Pepe (aka Joe) is Mari’s brother (Mari is Josiah’s step-mom: who followed all of that?!). We had a blast! There were about five other kids that Kalyb got to play with, we had a cake contest for the boys (YUM!), and enjoyed a fabulous time with friends and family! And, we got to watch the game. I miss not having football on around here. Strange, I know. Hopefully a pic of that day is coming soon! We wrapped up the evening with a competitive game of ‘Fish Bowl’ (Seriously: Thanksgiving games might bring out the worst in me, I vividly remember having a temper tantrum last Thanksgiving regarding a game, and the tradition continued this year…refer back to paragraph one’s explanation of a competitive nature).
Anyways, we have lots of fun traveling adventures coming up within the next month – looking forward to Christmas celebrations with all of our family! We are so incredibly blessed! And, to toot our own horn (and give glory where glory is due, thank you Jesus!) – we have paid off another credit card! Leaving us with only one credit card payment, a large government debt, and a small debt remaining – we should be DEBT FREE in another year! YAHOO!!