Monday, March 07, 2011

Spring is almost here!!!! I can hardly stand it. The anticipation of warmer weather, rain boots, umbrellas, puddle jumping, park playing, picnic eating is just SO close!!! I have never in my life looked so forward to getting out of winter. The walls have been closing in and we are feeling the effects. Come on warm weather, we need you!!

The kids have been doing very well (and so have I). In fact, much much better. There seems to be a 6 month "tread water and survive" period when you add a child to your family. And we were right at 6 months when I no longer felt that "get up and survive the day". 6 months is a loooong time to feel that way - especially through 3 surgeries and a cold, long winter. But, by the grace of God, we made it and I am looking forward to this next chapter. 

Nate is doing very well in school. He loves math and spelling the best- and they seem to come the easiest to him. We hardly have to go over his math instructions or spend much time on his spelling words- he just really enjoys those 2 subjects. All the other ones, well, we take it day by day and make our way through the homework. He finishes up his winter soccer season this Saturday and begins baseball on Sunday!!! He can't wait for his first season in machine pitch. 

Naomi has started a 6 week intervention preschool program. Basically, in order for her to qualify to enter our public preschool (eith therapy) she has to complete this 6 week period. We are about halfway through then she will hopefully join Norah at her school. Currently all 3 kids are in 3 schools, one all day, one morning and one afternoon. It's a little hectic and but they all seem to enjoy their time at school then their time with me.

Norah is loving her preschool. Her teacher is awesome - fresh out of school and eager to be a good teacher. Her speech therapist is straight from heaven - though she is only suppose to see her twice a week for 25 minutes each, she sees Norah everyday and always has great things to say about her improvement. We really are impressed with his far Norah has come. Last week she learned her "N" sound and is almost able to blow through her mouth (air flow is very difficult to learn after a pallet surgery)  it's also hard to teach so we are thankful and very reliant on our therapists.

Joel is in the midst of training for a half marathon!!! 13.1 miles baby. That's a long run!!! If anybody can do it, I KNOW he can and we are so proud of him. Can't wait to see him at the finish line.

I am faithfully (anxiously) stepping out of my comfort zone and starting the training for a full marathon on October. We are raising money for Naomi's Fund - to help bring more orphans home to their forever families. 26.2 miles is a long way. Training is vigorous. It will be hard. I know that, only by the grace of God, I can finish it. Amen and amen.

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