so, let’s see.
coming back to the US…life has been full. rewarding family times, fulfilling-refreshing friendship times, memory-making times, heartache times. it’s also been a time of growth and uncovering deep-down feelings and thoughts and a time for strengthening marriage, family, life.
it’s a completely different pace here. and actually, on top of the faster-pace, because of what we’ve been doing these last couple months (visit, visit, visit) there hasn’t been very much normalcy. I need rhythm. I think our whole family just needs it.
lack of rhythm for me means I give up or don’t make a huge effort to get everything done. like writing on a blog. or commenting on a blog. and returning emails (sorry!). and, um, running. (that would be 3 runs in the last 2 months and I am supposed to do this half-marathon in like 30 days. awesome.) and normally, I think I would feel added guilt just confessing those things. but I’m accepting that I can’t do it all. even, sometimes, not even the things that are good for me. sometimes, it’s just impossible to make it all happen and stay sane. and have a pretty happy family. so I’m ok with that stuff for right now.
(and I’m still planning on the mini- but who knows what condition I’ll be in on May 7th, so yeah…)
so here we are. we are well. life is moving along and we’re trying to take everything in. want some updates on our people?
we just celebrated five, full of delight years of Emerson. she had a dinosaur birthday party. thank you, friends and family, for celebrating her with us. it was something special to celebrate with so many people from different parts of our life. and if you missed it on facebook, Emerson says she’s nervous about being five. “4 wasn’t so embarrassing.” like, we sorta wonder if she thinks adulthood is around the corner or something. dear girl. I’m pretty sure she will handle 5 with razzle-dazzle, dinosaur-loving, life-embracing joy. I really think so.
greta is our sassy little girl. she doesn’t say much word-wise, nothing in a written language at least. she grunts a lot and applies the few words she prefers to communicate everything she needs or wants. she is a mess-er. she is such a little-sister. she loves the rocking loveseat in our apartment (YES! a ROCKING LOVESEAT! are you jealous?!) and she loves the crazy squirrels that climb and jump in the trees out our living room window.
rich is an amazing dad and husband and friend. I just love him. so thankful for him.
and I am healthy in heart and mind and body. and that feels really good.
and thanks to my far-away friend, Joanna, for the nudge to get back in here :)
…and because wordpress is a bit tedious with adding photos, here’s a whole bunch of lil guys that you can click on if you want to see larger images. some photos from the birthday and family vacation and some visits. good, good stuff:
(also, make sure you invite Aaron Crabtree to your next party- just look at the fun you can have with him!)