A Peek Into the Previous 3 Weeks


It’s been three weeks since I’ve posted a news-y household replace. In the event you don’t comply with on Instagram, that’s the place I at all times share day by day updates on our life — and I share plenty of issues there I don’t have area to share right here!

Right here’s a peek into the final three weeks at our home:

We had been wiping some writing off the partitions and David came visiting and took a tissue and was wiping the wall with us! It was one of many first instances he’s mimicked us like this. We had been so excited!

I’ll by no means take this as a right. The reward of having the ability to maintain his hand, watch him play, see his smiles, hear his voice, inform him “I like you!” and listen to him say, “I like you increasingly and extra.”

I don’t know what the long run holds for C* or whether or not or not our lives will proceed to intertwine as he grows older. Some days, that’s actually arduous and I discover myself wanting to guard my coronary heart.

Opening up my arms and my coronary heart to say, “I’ll love you with my entire coronary heart at all times and ever” is a danger and but it’s precisely what love is.

To like is to danger. To like is to step into another person’s life and say, “even when it’s arduous and messy, I select love.”

I’m so grateful his mama continues to permit us the privilege of being in his life. I’m so grateful that he’s wholesome and thriving. And I belief maintain reminding myself that I can belief God for his future and never let concern of the unknown steal the enjoyment of as we speak.

And so, I maintain his hand. I look into his eyes. I say “I’ll at all times love you”. And I select to savor this reward proper right here and now. ❤️

*In the event you’re new right here, C was our first foster placement. We introduced him residence as a tiny preemie from the NICU 4 weeks earlier than Kierstyn was born in 2020. He reunified together with his mama after 8 1/2 months of being with us. The previous three years, we’ve had the nice privilege of attending to proceed to be concerned in his life and assist his mama with childcare whereas she works. Proper now, we’re watching him 2-4 days most weeks. He’s now 3 1/2 and thriving! There have been many ups and downs alongside the best way and this journey has seemed so completely different than I ever envisioned foster care would seem like, and but God has been so devoted and good by means of all of it and I’ve realized to depend on Him like by no means earlier than.

Center faculty soccer season is formally right here! Silas is taking part in cornerback and vast receiver this 12 months and having a blast doing it!

Jesse and I went on a {couples}’ date night time to play laser tag!

Headed to camp! Kaitlynn and Silas’ faculty begins with back-to-school in a single day camp for the week.

David LOVES swings!

Senior Dawn… we acquired up at 5 am to affix Kaitlynn’s class on the soccer area to look at the dawn, pray over the seniors, and mark the start of the 12 months.

Mother and father had been invited and any adults who’re non secular mentors within the senior’s lives. Micah additionally determined to affix us… he awakened proper earlier than we headed out the door and made it abundantly clear he didn’t need us leaving with out him.

I’m so excited for you, Kaitlynn, and may’t wait to see what this 12 months holds for you!

There are numerous new issues and modifications in your life proper now, however two issues will at all times be the identical: we love you greater than you’ll be able to even think about and God loves you much more than we do!

Go be your hilarious, inventive, compassionate self and have a good time all of the particular issues that this subsequent 12 months will maintain! ❤️

We liked attending to have a good time our little good friend’s one-year-old birthday!

Kaitlynn acquired a fish on the honest and Micah is obsessed!

First day of faculty!!

Kaitlynn is taking part in soccer once more this 12 months and is loving it!

Absorbing the previous couple of days of her summer season break earlier than school begins!

I snapped this image yesterday of me and Silas and am sharing it together with his permission: He’s 14. He’s fiercely aggressive, taller than me, passionate, assured, and unbiased… and he’s nonetheless a mama’s boy by means of and thru and I find it irresistible a lot. I hope he at all times desires to come back sit proper subsequent to me and lay his head on me.

Mamas: don’t be afraid of your children rising up. There’s likelihood they are going to nonetheless want hugs and TLC and wish to hang around with you — and so they’ll additionally have the ability to do issues like clear the kitchen, run the laundry, cook dinner dinner, and make you giggle till you cry with their hilarious tales and witty come backs.

Just some days in the past, Silas got here residence from a celebration and introduced me an ice cream sandwich saying, “They had been handing these out and I knew you’d like one. I acquired it proper on the finish so it could nonetheless be frozen after I acquired residence.”

I actually consider this parenting gig simply retains getting higher and higher.

And similar to that, she’s off to school!

We snapped a fast image in entrance of our storage door earlier than we waved goodbye and he or she drove away to this new season of life — with me sporting 8-day hair and the identical outfit I’d been sporting for a day and a half whereas holding a just-bathed, towel-clad child.

And one way or the other, it kind of felt becoming. As a result of that’s actually the message I hope she takes together with her into this new journey: present up as you might be.

You’ll by no means get all of it proper. You’ll by no means be good. You’ll at all times be dropping some balls. However present up anyway and love properly. Your value is just not in your work. Your worth is just not in the way you look. You might be liked for precisely who you might be. You don’t must do extra or be somebody completely different to win our love.

There was a lump in my throat but in addition pleasure in my coronary heart. The previous 18 years had been such a present. The following season can also be a present…

To look at her discovering offers to inventory her fridge (She already acquired a Kroger card and used digital coupons!)

To listen to about her displaying as much as the campus ministry occasions the place she didn’t actually know anybody and ended up having a good time and connecting with lots of people

To see her enthusiasm as she opened up her pantry and confirmed me her begin of her stockpile (see pics under)

To watch her making smart selections, setting targets, planning for the long run, looking for the Lord…

As mother and father, we’ve at all times mentioned our purpose is to boost adults not dependent children. I by no means knew simply how superb it could be to really see your youngster now adulting.

Kathrynne: we’re so insanely pleased with you and may’t wait to see what this 12 months at MTSU holds for you! We additionally love that you just selected a faculty shut by residence since you mentioned you simply couldn’t think about being distant from us and wish to have the ability to come residence typically. We love you to the moon and again — ensure to recollect to eat sufficient meals day by day 😆 and go change the world!

P.S. For many who missed my tales on Instagram, she’s residing in a rental home Jesse and I purchased and renting from us. We selected this plan collectively as it can save her 1000’s of {dollars} in comparison with what it prices to reside on-campus + it provides her extra alternatives to study and observe real-life expertise.


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