So...in the midst of all of this we're doing good and God is stretching us big time! Being apart is hard, especially for Brian who misses the kids sooo much! But we've been able to take a step back from the day-to-day together and really look at some things we want to do/change/improve in our family life when we are all under the same roof again! And that has been such a blessing! Also, I was able to do a Bible study with my Mom and a group of women here that was sooo great and encouraging--it was a Deeper Still study with Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shierer, and Beth Moore--if you have a chance to do one go for it! It showed me where I've let myself get in my spiritual life, and what I need to do more than anything--get into God's WORD!!! Plus we've been exceptionally blessed by some of our dear friends and family who have given us advice, a place to stay free, fellowship, help, and much needed prayers during this time! You know who you are and we are soooo incredibly thankful and grateful and touched by your love for us!
So....here's what's been going on with the kids....
Doesn't he look different? It took a while to get used to it! :)
Fun on the Coast for the Fourth of July!
Spending time with family. Ali Grace is Papa's girl! He will do anything she wants and it is hilarious!
Sleeping. Sweet time with Daddy! :)
Mostly digging up Nana and Papa's front yard. haha
Cleaning? while rocking the baby???? She's creative!
And of course being super duper cute!!!!!
The kids have been having tons of fun staying at Nana and Papa's house!
Ali Grace had made things challenging at times though---the girl gets into EVERYTHING! So far she has gotten into and eaten some of my Mom's prescriptions (we called poison control and everything was fine), been elbow deep playing in the toilet, poured rubbing alcohol over her head and face (yes in her eyes too--called poison control again and took her to the doctor and everything was fine after some eyedrops), put play-doh up her nose, and came to me with both hands filthy after putting them in her dirty diaper. FUN TIMES! Thank the Lord she's tough! She's also absolutely hilarious--and she knows it! The girl has a personality the size of Texas! She's starting to really love playing with her dolls and she imitates all of the things I do with Kate. She puts them in the baby rocker, the swing, on the floor mat. It's so sweet until she starts swinging them around or throwing and hitting them--those she's not imitating! :)
Jack is FINALLY potty-trained! After trying and trying and trying to get him to tell us before he had to go I just declared it Potty Boot Camp Week and he had no diapers unless it was nap or bed time. We had a few accidents and he's still getting the hang of it, but he is doing grrrreat! I'm even considering going with no diapers at night now which is wonderful! He's obsessed with watching shows like Monster Fish, River Monsters, and Whale Wars--Brian and my Dad's influence there. And he likes to "go spick-sploring" (exploring) and "go help someone in trouble" and "go on adventures." His favorite toys right now are a flashlight, stick, and caribeener.
Kate is getting so big! She's filling out and getting those Chisholm cheeks that both Jack and Ali had. She talks and cooes and squeals all the time. And she rolled over twice for the first time today!!!! We don't think she has reflux anymore--if she ever did--because we haven't given her any medicine in about a week and a half and she's fine! YEAH! But now she's teething so that's tough on our sweet girl! We're about to start putting her in a pack and play to sleep, she's been sleeping in a swing for about 2 1/2 months and loves it. And we're looking into getting some physical therapy for her soon--she has a condition called torticullis that means that she holds her head in one position all the time and the muscles on one side of her neck aren't stretching and developing as they should. We've been doing excersises with her and not seeing much improvement, plus she screams through them every time which is sooo hard to deal with! She's such a sweet heart! She smiles and laughs at you when you talk to her. I love getting her out of her swing when she wakes up, she's so happy and smiley and warm and cuddly! We love our Baby Kate as J and A call her!
We're hoping for an offer or two on our house, and we've found a lead on a possible house in Starkville, so hopefully our family will all be together again soon! God has been so good through this whole process and it's so amazing to look back and see how He has worked! We are truly blessed!