Happy May 2015 Everyone!!! A very eventful day!!!
happy may everyone!
Lately I have been asked a bunch..”hows Lydia adjusting to Asher?’ the simple answer is ‘she is doing fine.’ Our family is large..(according to todays standards.) We had 5 children in 7 years, one right after another. Why do we have so many children? Is it healthy for us? Do we make enough money? You will regret it… the comments could go on and on. But as of this past week, as I look around my little brood of humans.. I see something.. something different.
Yes I long to hold my little baby after 9 long months, Yes I love they way they smell, Yes watching them grow makes me giddy. But is that why we have them? Maybe. But what if that #2, #5, #9th child isn’t about you at all?
What if … its for them. The other humans (littles) in your home?
So the questions HOW is lydia… here are a few snap shots of the last 8 weeks.
Our family is a reflection of love that grows.. grows within my heart as a mother but in the hearts of our other children. Our boys often say.. “when God blesses us with another baby..” Having each one is directly in part to the Fact God wanted the current kent kids to have another sibling. As I see Lydia (who’s first word is “aaaa’ -the simple sound of Aa) and her delight and excitment each morning when she runs room to room hollering “aaaaa” in search of her friend. Her brother. No where in her is jealously or hurt feelings.
Then I see today where Judah and Levi both took special time with her because they wanted to… loving on her showing her she is special.
What if she was born for them..
them needing each other
them wanting each other
God loving them enough.
What if its NOTHING about us.. but all about God’s plan?
Our little Taco (Judah) turned 4 this year and when they are four we have allowed them to play a sport. Levi did when he was 4 and had so much fun! Judah has been looking forward to it for years.. Well this year was his year! We signed him up got his uniform and made the weekly trek to the field every tuesday night for practice and every Saturday for games.. Today was his last game, in which he made a goal (always good to end on a good note) and had his team party.
Here is a recap in pictures and captions of our sweet soccer boy!
He had no idea what he was doing so the first few games we did a lot of ball chasing!! BUT at least he looked cute doing it!
About two games ago Judah suddenly realized that if he ran towards the goal when the other team had the ball he could block it. (yes it might have been 10 games in BUT hey he did it on his own:) AND he actually blocked quite a few! Proud moment for both judah and us!
As I mentioned today was the last game. His team was named team sharp..(that was the coaches last name) These boys played wither is was HOT (in which it was) or FREEZING (which many times it was) and WINDY!! These boys never complained and just played their little hearts out!
After the game (and Judahs goal!!) they received trophies and got cupcakes!
His weekly fan club!!
Not sure if Soccer will be on his agenda next year but with a little training i think he could do a great job! Not to mention Selah will be turning 4 and will be joining the tradition .. although lucky for us she wants to do an indoor sport.. ballet!
This morning I woke in a funk.. not a normal yucky funk.. but a URG kind.. FOR NO REASON.. With Joels help I was able to get all the kids dressed, fed and out the door by 8:30 for Judah’s soccer pictures and game at 9:10. Success.. expect half way there my car overheated.. I was at a stop sign so I turned it off… AND THEN could not restart the dumb thing. I was in slight panic mode but had quickly devised a plan to get the kids arocc the street and then to wait for Joel. ONLY problem he was on his way to work. 😦 So I finally got the van started and then quickly drove home. Poor Judah was sad, I was bummed and Lydia was screaming.
I held Judah for awhile and my heart hurt as he sat FULLY dressed *in uniform, outside ‘thinking’. He had a perfect idea .. “mom if we lived on a farm we could just ride our horse there’. Yes baby we could..
I decided I needed a heart adjustment so with lemon oil diffusing in my house I began to unpack all our FALL stuff. CAUSE come-on fall makes you think happy and grateful things right?!?! Judah helped and within minutes all the kids were and we were laughing and making our one table very “Fall-ish”.
I also prayed for a gentle heart and a grateful heart for the rest of the day.. filled with fun and smiles. We finished our ‘table’ and I think we ALL did a great job! Hello, FALL!!
These next two pictures are by far my favorite pieces on the whole table.. *please realize i am waiting to get pictures from this year to add to the bottom of the frame:)
So far our day has turned out better. Sometimes you just need to make lemonade out of lemons or pumpkin bread out of pumpkins!! So thankful for season changes here!!!
1st Samuel 1:11 talks about Hannah and the vow she made to God about giving her son back to the Lord. We take this as an example and do something similar today with our children. With each child we have created a celebration of sorts.. where all the family comes and we formally give them back. Supermans dad is a pastor and has performed all of our dedications.
This year it was Sweet Chickadee’s turned. I pulled out the dress months ago.. this dress is not just a DRESS .. we picked up at some store.. not this dress, it is some 59 years old. My grandma’s wedding dress! I was given it and had it remade into a dedication dress. I designed it (to show case my favorite parts of the dress) and then found this site on etsy ……………. . My first daughter wore it, my cousin used it for her sweet girl and now Chickadee (my 2nd daughter) will wear it.
After the invitations were sent, the menu was created and all the RSVP’s were given.. the day came and it turned out perfect.. we decided to go a different route. We knew all our family was not going to drive up for two occasions (since they live like 7 hours away).. so we grouped to big events together. We also did it on a saturday in our yard.
90% of our family came out and those who couldn’t sent their love… such a blessing to have some many join us in ‘giving her back’. Superman’s dad “papa” preformed a simple yet perfect dedication.
Here are a few shots of the morning…
We are so blessed to have this time to spend with family and to give our sweet girl back to the Lord!
One more reason this weekend was amazing!!
1964 you were born..
18 years later you became a mommy.. to ME:)
Shortly after 3 more were added ..
Then the surprise 2 blessings arrived..
In 2005 your first son-n-law joined the clan..
Grandma status happened in 2007, (and again in 2010, 2011, 2014)
Mom, Over the years we have shared many wonderful memories.. Ones i will cherish forever!
I pray this day is extra special.. first mothers day we have been able to spend it together in 9 years!
Love you mom!!
Happy Mothers day mom!