So, it turns out I actually own a blog…for updates…and creative outlet. So sorry I haven’t acted like it for months. I’m really tired of letting my (albeit ridiculously complicated) life dictate whether I get to do what I love. Don’t read that to mean I will successfully have regular updates, but that I’ll try to do better.
If you haven’t been following me on the Facebook page (please do, I’m MUCH better at keeping that current!), I’ll give you a quick update.
Oliver turned one in March! And Margot turned four. It has been the longest year of our lives, but also held so much love. It is such an intriguing and complex feeling to have a child that basically stays a baby. On the one hand, it is sorrowful. On the other, who of us hasn’t wished for that at some point – that they would stay your cuddly, innocent, sweet little one forever? There is some beauty in that, too. My boy will remain my sweet baby forever in a very real way.
He and his sister have been sick on and off all season, including now. Mostly it’s just been annoying and frustrating. But there was one emergency room check in and a week on a nebulizer, praying away another. Every time Oliver gets sick, it seems to set his development back a bit, partially because sickness, pain and sleeplessness trigger more seizures. But he presses on, albeit slower than any of us would like.
His smiles and giggles are so much more of a common occurrence than before. He smiles so easily at voices of the people he loves, the mention of a name of someone he loves, any amount of bouncing and silly voices, and pretty much every time he passes gas. (Admit it. You do, too.) And his quiet, low-toned, guffaws are so wonderful that your heart feels like it explodes every time he graces you with the sound. Margot was such a belly laugher and she’s such a dramatic ham now. Interesting that their laughs say so much about their personalities.
Since we last posted, Alan’s gotten a new job as a Finance Manager, we’ve gotten a new car (then crashed it and gotten ANOTHER new car), and listed our house for sale. We’ve been in talks with a local builder about making a custom home for our little family. This is one of the main reasons that I feel called to start writing again. I can’t, in good conscience, do a building project without blogging about it, now can I? I’ll do my best to keep you all up on the plans, the designs, the finishes and the progress as they happen. In the meantime, please buy our current house. She’s been good to us, but just has too many stairs. Know anyone who might be interested? Send them to the listing here. Here are a few pictures of the parts that I DID get to decorating. You’ve already seen Ollie’s room and the rest of the house, I’m ashamed to say, never got any real attention.
Please keep us in your prayers as we face yet MORE transition ahead!