Thursday, April 26, 2012

Saying Good-Bye

The State took custody of (A) at a court hearing yesterday morning. Later in the day, he was transferred from our family (Safe Families/short-term crisis care) to another family who will be providing long-term foster care. We miss him like crazy!

In the middle of our heartache, we praise God believing He has a future plan, a GOOD plan for our family and for (A). We are thankful for the joy which was ours as these plans intersected the past 111 days.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Egg Hunt OR 100-Yd Dash?

Last year's Easter Egg Hunt at the local YMCA was rained out so this year was Alexander's official debut at hunting eggs -- albeit in a wide open grassy field. Blake answered his many questions while they waiting at the starting line (see first image). Our little guy is all about the PROCESS. Finally, the signal was given to GO!

I think the X-man was a bit confused. He burst from the starting line with his sight locked on a plastic egg about 25-yards away! He sprinted past hundreds of pastel-colored orbs (and frantic children) only to land with a perfectly-executed, grass-stain inducing slide onto the egg within his sights. I was laughing too hard to capture a picture of his victory pounce! Check out the pure concentration on our the face of our little egg-hunter!

Friday, April 13, 2012

My Handsome (Growing) Boy!

Sometimes Alexander tires of my taking pictures (imagine that!) so the other day I told him if he showed me how handsome he was (instead of acting all silly), I would stop. He immediately struck this pose; I got my wish & he got his! What a buddy!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring Break 2012: Childrens Museum

These pictures are from several weeks past, when we spent time with my family during (preschool) Spring Break. We took the six youngest cousins (six under age 4) to a nearby Childrens Museum. Their favorite exhibit? The agricultural stuff -- tractor, combine, beans/corn -- just like grandpa's farm! The kids loved playing together! And we only lost sight of them a time or two...or maybe a few more times than that!

drew didnt like A.christine taking pictures, so this is the best I got :) isaak & xander inside a compost pile (exhibit) showing off all three of his teeth-ers! miss brooke and her newly acquired skill at saying 'HI!'

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sometimes It's Just Plain Hard

Motherhood is a choice you make every day.To put someone else's happiness & well-being ahead of your own.To teach the hard lessons.To do the right thing. Even when you're not sure what the right thing is. And to forgive yourself. Over and over again. For doing everything wrong.