I haven’t posted a family update in a little while, but today when the snow started falling and the kids were twirling in the front yard, it seemed like a good time. Beginning with the oldest, here is the news on my kids.
Sweet Pea: She is loving Seattle and enjoying the challenges of her second year of medical school at UW. She bought a bright green raincoat that must be a cheerful sight. Sweet Pea calls me nearly every day, if only for a few minutes, while she waits for the bus, and often has an interesting story to relate about life as a med student.
Mimi: She has found her niche in PR and Advertising, and was selected to be on a competitive advertising team, which is very exciting. We reinitiated our Friday Lunches with Mom and Dad and took Mimi to lunch today. Russ and I had a great time with our lovely daughter and talked through lots of important things.
Noah: Noah is having a great semester in college and is sorting out his thoughts on graduate school and career plans. Last weekend he and Mimi drove to Seattle to visit Sweet Pea – my children are becoming adults. Tonight he took care of the six youngest, plus one friend, so Russ and I could attend a X-Country Awards Banquet for Samuel and Rusty.
Samuel: Samuel had a fantastic X-Country season. Having never run X-Country before, he ended up qualifying for the State tournament and leading his team both there and at Districts. In other activities, we are urging him to get his Eagle project done for Boy Scouts before winter really hits…but given that it is snowing, it may be too late and need to wait for spring.
Rusty (yes, this is his blog nickname): Rusty ran X-County but had several injuries, mostly related to the rapid growth he is experiencing. He got recruited to be in a community theater production that began rehearsals a few weeks ago,so that is going to keep him busy through the first weekend in December. He also entered the VFW speech contest and we are looking forward to hearing the results.
Ladybug: I am loving having more time with her this school year. She is enjoying singing in choir every Monday and going ice skating every Thursday. She is also becoming a competent cook
Honeybee: Is making great progress in school. After one year at home, she is beginning to read much more fluently and just began a fifth grade math book. She loves choir and her art class.
Dimples: She is having a fantastic school year and loves her teachers. She loves cooking after school. She has multiple appointments in Seattle coming up, three in the next four weeks, so that is going to be difficult, but profitable.
Boo (or maybe Sunshine, she keeps reminding me that she wants a new blog nickname): She is very excited about choir, art class, and reading Baby Island, which is a special activity that just the two of us are doing. She has lost one of her two front top teeth, but the second one is holding on giving her a rather snaggly appearance.
Eby: Has learned how to use the computer to play games on PBSKids and loves it. Yesterday he emptied the dishwasher on his own and today he made a peanut butter sandwich all by himself. He was so proud!
Little Man: Is having a very hard time learning not to do gymnastics on the furniture. Every time I turn around he is jumping from one thing to another or doing somersaults on the sofa. Other than that, he is almost pure joy.
Russ and I have enjoyed having over two weeks at home without trips to Seattle. It has been so nice taking a break from packing and unpacking. Tomorrow I head out for more appointments, including Eby’s first appointment with our therapist. I haven’t written much about how he is doing, but I hope to share as I learn more about helping younger children heal from trauma.
If you are not a family member and have persevered all the way to the end, thank you! I hope I didn’t completely bore you.
Our life feels too hard some days, but there is also great encouragement. We keep this in my mind:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Thank you so much for reading my blog and sharing this journey with me.
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