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It’s been a beautiful week.  Full to overflowing with God’s richest and most amazing blessings…family

Our days have been busy.  And though the season of stretching feels neverending, we’re continuing to press in and press on toward the finish line.  Some choose to make lemonade when life gives them lemons.  We, on the other hand, are choosing to put our hope and trust in the only One who can calm the storm. 

In Christ alone we put our trust.

Ten days have passed since Hailee had Botox injected into her eyes to [hopefully] rectify her strabismus.  We were told that we should start to see a difference in just a few days.  We’ve been watching carefully.  Honestly, we don’t know if it worked.  She still seems to be having trouble getting her eyes to align.  But maybe we’re looking for all the wrong things.  We are certainly no experts in this area.  Our follow-up appointment is on November 4.  We’ll see what the doctor says and make decisions then.

We are so looking forward to Hailee’s appointment with the GI doctor in November.  Her swallowing and digestion issues are not improving.  It is painful watching her trying to eat.  Some days are definitely worse than others.  The food just will not go down–no matter how soft the food is.  And then there is still the question of whether or not she has celiac.  One test came back positive while the other was borderline.  The GI will run a full battery of tests.  Hopefully we can get answers to a lot of the questions we have about our sweetie pie.  It is so hard watching her struggle to eat.  She will literally leave food in her mouth for hours, not chewing the last bite from dinner.  Such is her tenacity to not chew and swallow.  Poor baby.

And how we long to see her finally move beyond the 19-pound mark where she seems to be stuck.  How sweet would that be?  To finally see her start growing would be wonderful.

Today we drove down south and spent time with dear friends.  I love Kristin and Lisa so much, and am so thankful for the many amazing woman God has brought into my life simply because I started a blog.  I never imagined my blogging journey would bless me with such beautiful friendships.  Many ladies started out as blog friends, and have since become friends in real life.  I am so thankful to the Lord that so many of you have opened your hearts to me and my family. 

I seriously think that Anthony and I are the last people on the face of the earth to have read Radical by David Platt.  Oh my goodness gracious.  If you have not read it, I urge you to do it.  Go and buy yourselves a copy and read it.  You will not be sorry.  It will change the way you see “church.”  It will turn your world upside down.  Anthony and I cannot get through one paragraph without a “Yes” or an “Amen!”  We are absolutely loving it.  By far one of the best books we have read for a long time.

So this week it happened.  I looked at my little boy–and saw a big boy.  Oh my!  He is growing up so fast.  I wish they could stay little for longer.  Growing up seems to happen so fast theses days.  Many tell me they grow up before you even know it.  I’m beginning to see that now.  I’m starting to understand that their time in my home will be so short.  I just can’t be one of those parents who count the days until their kids leave home.  I can’t.  I love having them here with us.  My prayer is that I can learn to savor each and every moment I have with our children in our home. 

I am so very proud of our firstborn.  They say he looks like me, but I think he is all Daddy.  All our sons do. 

How I love being their Mommy. 

Tonight Harper took her first step alone.  How amazing is that?  Just one teeny little step–but the beginning of many more for sure.  Best we get ready; she is definitely going to keep us on our toes.  She is into everything.  And I mean everything.  Such a curious little honey love. 

What fun it is watching Hailee and Harper’s relationship blossom.  We totally laugh because people think that Hailee is this tiny little fragile girl.  How wrong they are.  The girl is tough, I tell you.  The harder we play with her, the more she laughs.  The higher she gets tossed in the air, the more fun it is.  The more Harper plays on her back, the more she loves it.  They make me laugh.  I just love how the Father put them together.  They could not be more opposite if they tried.  They are so good for each other.

There are no words to describe how blessed we feel.  To parent our children is the greatest gift God could ever have given us.  Such an absolute joy…even when the days are long and tiring, even when I fall into bed completely exhausted, even when the going is tough, even it feels like I have to repeat myself fifty thousand times, even when I question our ability to parent, even when I feel like all I ever do is prepare meals, even when they are not as behaved as we would love, even when my patience runs out.

Praying you all have a beautiful weekend.  May the Lord Jesus be your shelter, your strength, and your shield.  Nothing is impossible for Him.

Nothing at all!