Do you ever wish you could get a glimpse in to what life is like for other families? Well, I’ve decided to pop in each month to give you A Glimpse Into Our Life. I’ll share the good, the bad, and ugly, but I especially like to focus on the good!
A Glimpse Into Our Life
Around here these days, I’m…
…drinking lots of coffee. While I usually make my coffee at home, I recently tried something new at Starbucks – (Thanks to Astleigh from Hill Collection!): 1/2 White Chocolate Mocha and 1/2 Toffee Nut Latte. It is perfection! Try it and let me know what you think! Hubby and I are both hooked!
…homeschooling. If you’ve followed along with me for long, you know that we do Homeschool Pre-school, and lately, we have been busy, busy around the kitchen table (Hey, we’ve gotta stay close to the snacks!). Around the end of next month, we will finish up with this year’s curriculum. I am currently making plans for what we will do throughout the summer (You know I’m going to keep my little ones busy!), and I have already started placing some curriculum orders for next year! My oldest will be in Kindergarten, and I am so excited about all of us continuing to learn at home together! Yes, there are days when I feel tired…and overwhelmed…and sometimes I’m even downright cranky (Ask my husband!), but aren’t we all that way sometimes? I sure am glad that God’s strength is there for me when I decide to access it and that He is faithful in those moments when I am weak!
…reading lots of info about Down Syndrome. Over the past few months, I have been reading and reading and reading some more – learning everything I possibly can about D.S. and how we can support our little girl now and in the years to come. Sure, in the past I’ve read a lot about it for various educational courses I’ve taken over the years, but now that I’m reading for the sake of my own child…totally different story. I’m so thankful for those who are willing to openly share what has worked well for their family! It has been a huge encouragement to us as we’ve attempted to find our footing and begin walking this journey.
…answering e-mails. From the moment we shared on Facebook that our little girl had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, we started getting e-mails and Facebook messages, and they have not stopped! At first, I felt that there was not going to be any way for me to answer all of them, but over the past several weeks, I have really tried to start taking the time to respond to all of the sweet people who have reached out to us to share their story…to let us know they are praying for us…to offer us encouragement. As I go continue to go through these notes that have poured in from people near and far, I’m not crying…I’m actually smiling ear-to-ear as I scroll through the messages thinking about the way God has crossed our paths with certain individuals…many, many individuals who have encouraged us in powerful ways over the past few months! I am so glad that our Father has walked the road ahead of us…He is so, so good~
…chatting with friends over coffee. I have recently ventured out of the house a few times to grab coffee with friends – old friends and new friends! Hubby strongly encourages me to take time for me, and when I take him up on it, I am always glad I have! I have been so thankful to sit, sip coffee, and enjoy a little girl time. Sometimes we talk about what the recent months have been like for our family, and then other times we talk about deep things like Fixer Upper and new Pinterest recipes. It’s been just what this gal has needed! A few of these get-togethers may have also included a slice or two of Mike’s Pie’s Salted Caramel Cheesecake! One of our local restaurants sells it by the slice, and it has been a dangerous discovery for me! Yum!
…emotionally eating. Yes, I said it. Ice cream? Bring it. Girl Scout Thin Mints? Bring it. Peanut M & Ms that were on sale at Publix? Bring those, too. While I treat myself to all things sugar, I’m still making it to the gym, so I guess you could say that I have plateaued…or I’m plateauing…or I have reached a plateau…or whatever. I’ll eventually get it together, so there’s no need for an intervention…not yet anyway.
…swimming. Recently, we have started taking all three kids to the pool to swim. In the past, we’ve taken turns going 1-on-1 with our oldest two, but lately, we’ve gotten brave, and all five of us have gone together. Getting there…getting in the pool…swimming together…all of that goes quite smoothly, actually…but getting out, getting dried off, and making it safely to the minivan? Now that’s a different story….a story of chaos, madness, and insanity…but for some reason we continue to do it. It may have something to do with seeing those sweet little faces of my water babies as they have the time of their life jumping in on their daddy’s head and beating each other with pool noodles.
Life is beautiful…and I can give you 1,001 reasons why!