Look how tiny they were!!! I love the picture of all of them with Cody. It was our first "photo event" and they were not diggin' it. Cody's look says a lot!! (he is such a great big brother!!)
My life and who I am is forever changed by these children God has blessed me with.
Aren't they soooo cute? Thad wasn't as thrilled about my indoor pool idea as the kids and I were. It was too windy to enjoy the pool outside that day, so that was my plan B. :) I tell people I usually have at least a plan A - M in my head at all times. Sometimes things happen that can throw plans A, B, and C all askew. It's taken a while, and I haven't perfected it yet, but one of the best lessons I've learned is to make a few plans, then throw them up to the Lord. Only He has been able to bring me peace when things around me were the extreme opposite of peaceful.
I was just telling someone the other day that it's been a wild ride...but I'm so blessed and glad to be on it!!! Thad says that when the little guys graduate from High School he'll look at me and say "what just happened??!!" The years are going so fast!! When I was about 12 I road my little red skateboard down a significantly large hill at my grandparents house. At the bottom I thought that hopping off would be the best way to avoid the upcoming railroad tracks going across the road. We could insert all sorts of concepts from the laws of physics here!! I had no idea that the accumulated momentum would continue even after I was off the skateboard. Let's just say there were holes in my pants at the bottom of the hill that weren't there at the top of the hill. Maybe it'll be like that when they all leave the nest. Sometimes life doesn't bring smooth transitions when things change. Sometimes there isn't much I can control, except my choices to enjoy each moment, and try to be the best mom and wife I can to those who are most important to me.
My days are very different now. I will value weekends much more when we're all home together. I'll try not to be so sad about how fast time flies by, and the days I won't be able to bring back. Don't worry, I'm not letting the realization that Cody's 12 year old self is only 6 years away from high school graduation bring me to more tears. These types of posts help remind me to treasure each day. So, I will embrace the change that this new school year brings. Lots of great memories are waiting to me made...for life is good.