Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Day in the Life!

My beautiful friends...thank you. Truly. From the bottom of my heart. I have received nothing but love and so much encouragement over the past 24 hours that I have been brought to tears many, many times.  I feel blessed to have had many of you share your stories with me...most I would have never known about otherwise. Your words and prayers have brought healing to my heart.

Everyone has their own way of dealing with grief and loss. Many women have quiet miscarriages every day, and they never tell a soul about it. I considered that for a short time. Only Eric and I knew about the pregnancy, and it would have been easy just to keep it our little secret forever and always. But when I thought about how much of my life I share every day, I couldn't bear the thought of pretending that a valid person, a real soul, never existed. I couldn't continue to come to this place and share my life and not acknowledge something and someone that meant so much to me. So for me, not telling simply wasn't an option. I needed it to heal. My prayer for all mothers everywhere who have experienced loss is a prayer for peace. We will never have all of the answers on this side of Heaven, but we can have peace in our hearts. God is my peace and strength, and he has used so many of you as messengers straight to my heart this week. Thank you.

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When Eric left on his business trip he made me promise to keep up with the blog. This would be his "lifeline" to family while he was away. He's too darn cute. :) So yesterday we decided to document our comings and goings just for dear old dad. It's been a while since we've done a "day in the life of" type of post. Now you get to see just how exciting our life really is. Ha!

Tuesday Morning, September 10

Bubbles and bed heads.


I don't know where the idea came from, but one of the first things Evelyn said yesterday morning was, "Mom, we're going to go on the patio and blow some bubbles." I was making breakfast, so that was totally cool with me. My only request: "Make sure you have some clothes on!" You can see their outfits of choice, haha.


Though, somehow, my son did make it out of the door without pants on. :)

A little later o' clock Tuesday morning, September 10

Breakfast time!




Ever since Eric made pancakes on my birthday, we've been enjoying them more frequently on other mornings. I forgot how yummy they are. Reagan likes them, too. :)

Next up it was a little cartoon watching and getting showers and ready to take Evelyn to school! Yesterday was Evelyn's turn to bring snack for her class. In an effort to keep a healthy option in mind we brought apple slices and string cheese. I would have been feeling pretty good about myself if it weren't for this picture that we took before we left....


Grace insisted on hopping into this picture...with a bag of Ruffles. 


Ay yi yi.

We grabbed backpacks and snacks and loaded up into the car to take Evelyn to school. For some reason I stopped taking pictures at this point, but the rest of us came home for some lunch and cleaning before going to my parent's house. From there we picked up Evie from school, and my mom had filled some baby pools for the kids to splash around in. It was HOT. 

Tuesday Afternoon

Water time!



She's a hoot! And don't even try to fix her sunglasses, because Grace insists that you are supposed to wear them that way. 

Reagan was practicing some yoga.


And check this out, dad...


He was a standing fool yesterday. None of our kiddos have walked before their first birthdays, but Reagan is getting closer! 

Tuesday evening

After this it was time to dry off and make dinner. All of the kids cleaned their plates - licked their platters clean! Reagan busted his face on the floor...poor guy...and took a nap. Meanwhile, the sun began to set and the girls went outside to help their grandma pick some tomatoes in the garden. There isn't much left out there, but there are a few things continuing to grow.



As the day came to a close, we were exhausted. Eric had ordered a little something for us while he was away, and a package was waiting on the front porch when we got home.


I know you are so jealous of this. Haha. This is just about the only Halloween themed movie that I don't mind my little ones watching, so we all piled on the couch and had a movie night. Grace and Reagan went out like lights! It was the easiest night of putting kids to bed on my own that I think I've ever had. So thank you, Eric, it served it's purpose! :)

We are reeeally missing Eric today and we can't wait for his plane to land safely in St. Louis this evening. We are praying for a smooth flight as he flies out of Boston on this September 11.

And speaking of that...I spent this morning watching video footage from that morning twelve years ago, and my heart is just aching today. It's like a wound reopened any time I see or hear things from September 11...but I don't want to forget. The world saw evil incarnate on that day. How thankful I am to live in a country where things like this aren't happening all of the time. It's a reminder to remain prayerful for our leaders, our military, and everyone who works tirelessly to keep us safe. It is only because of their sacrifice that we can have days like the one we had yesterday. Days without fear. I'm not sure any of us really, truly realize how very blessed we are. 

Thank you for checking out a day in our life, and thank you all who have cared for and encouraged our family this week. We love you!

1 comment:

Heather said...

Eating those same chips right now. Yum!

I'm going to come spend the day with you guys instead of at work. You all have so much fun!

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