Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On the second (and third!) day of Christmas...

...my neighbor gave to me:

on the first day...

If finding this on our doorstep yesterday morning doesn't prove we live in the best community with fun and amazing neighbors, then I don't know what would:

 I mean, really, how fun is that!?

Monday, December 15, 2014

each age and stage

Tonight I gave my two little big boys hair cuts. I remember the first time I tried to cut their hair. It almost ruined our relationship. I hated it. They each hated it. My only saving grace was the bubble-bath they were promised if we all survived the ordeal afterwards.

Things have changed a lot since then. Now they are such men big boys about it. They hop up in the chair and sit still, it goes rather quickly and before I know it, their hair is cut off and they look 2 years older.

I know that it's so cliche, but it's true you know. "It" goes by so fast. Too fast. I heard once that 'the days are long but the years are short' and boy-howdy is that ever accurate. Some days I feel like I'm barely getting through this parenting gig (even though I, like every mother, love my kids more than life itself) and other days (most days) I look at these children God gifted me with and I just can't believe they're so...grown already.

There are certainly hardships and hilarity in each age and stage of their growing up but I have to admit I'm a little sad when I'm reminded by simple things like the fact that they don't need booster seats when they sit in the haircut chair to try to cherish the good in each day, because even though these days can be long, the years are indeed short.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Coziness of Christmastime

We got our tree up and decorated and it's just beautiful. I love the glow of the lights and the warmness it exudes during Christmastime. It just makes my heart happy. Fischer thinks the tree is just called "Christmas" so he'll come out of his bedroom in the morning and say, "Oh! Christmas is right there!" He is so much fun!

Jeff has been MIA for a while (not really - he's been working like crazy but the time he's logged at home has been few and far between the past few weeks months) and having the house decorated and cozy has made a big difference in my we-can-get-through-this attitude. There's just something about the holiday season (ahem - JESUS) that makes everything just a bit easier. Even when life is this busy and stressful, at the end of the day (usually) there is a calm. I appreciate that calm now more than ever. {That being said, my husband will be back home tonight from a business trip and I'm ready for the calm that he brings home with him too!} 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Now that it's finally the "tomorrow" I talked about yesterday last week, I'll grab some photos we've taken lately and catch you up. It's December and life is busy! We have a middle schooler who is on the student council, the basketball team, and is working her tail off in school - her schedule alone makes me exhausted. Add in three younger brothers, two part time jobs (of mine), an insanely stressful more-than-full-time job of the hubs' (it's not always this stressful but right now? WHOA.), an international adoption and the holidays - you get us - we're on the brink, people. But still - we're sailing trudging through this one day at a time (while holding hands and praying we don't slip off the edge).

God is good though. So so good. He is faithful and present and we're constantly amazed at the ways He's showing up. Every time. So, in all this busyness and stuff we're singing His praises because wow - He is worthy of it!

Friday, November 28, 2014

From Blachly to Burundi and back...

Tomorrow I will do a photo dump on here and catch you up via snap shots on life as of late, but for now I'll catch you up on our most exciting news...

We're in the (beginning of the very long) process of adopting! We've begun our international adoption journey to Burundi and we are beyond excited. The process is 2+ years so we've got a lot ahead of us, but we're prayerfully taking steps forward in faith and we're just so impressed with our amazing God and His faithfulness to us and how He is leading us one step in faith at a time through this already.

I'm the terrified type of excited about it all, which I think is a good place to be. My heart is full as we press in on the desires God has placed in us a long time ago, but there's something fresh and scary about actually jumping in with both feet and telling people you are!

Prayers for our family (and for our sweet child, that God already knows by name) as we forge through uncharted territory are greatly appreciated - thanks, friends.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

go ahead - laugh

You might think I'd be embarrassed that when I realized something we needed to do was scheduled for 4:30pm PST I asked my husband, "So what time is that for us?" and he just gave me a blank stare and said, "4:30pm."

But since I have no shame left, I share it on my blog with all of you...obviously.

It's okay to laugh. My husband did.