an update!

It has been far too long since I’ve blogged. Try as I might, I could not come up with an original title for this post!

First of all, welcome to our new site!  I have been fiddling with it for the last few weeks, but it is still not perfect.  I hope you enjoy it nonetheless, and please let me know if you spot anything amiss!

So….time for an update!  I can’t believe that it is nearly the end of May! We’ve had an interesting year so far – a lot has taken place since I last blogged.  In January, I went back to work. However, it was a very stressful transition for me. The time spent away from the boys as well as the commute every day (my clients were in Oakville, Milton, and Georgetown) quickly became too much. We spent the middle of January to the middle of February sick (very sick, with a nasty, nasty cold)…first the boys, and then me. I rarely get sick like that, but the stress of everything was evidently wearing on my immune system. After that was finally over, I returned to work for only a few days, and then spent a little bit of time off on stress leave. Rob and I then we decided that it wasn’t worth having me work. I did a little bit of babysitting in March, but the little boys’ mother decided that she also would rather stay home with her boys!  So that season is over now, too. The Lord is faithful, though, and we know that he will provide for us. We are eager to find out what the next step is for our family!

Want to see some pictures?!

A few weeks ago, while Rachel and Marty were visiting, I turned my head for a moment and came back to find Asher (who was supposed to be sleeping in the first place!) totally helping himself to the babaganouj that was left on the table for our visitors.  It was too funny to make him stop…so I took a bunch of photos.  What a little stinker!

Hi, Mommy!

What’d I do?

Asher isn’t walking yet (to Asher: please, my dear child, learn to walk before we go camping this summer!), but I was a late walker, so I’m not too concerned (Rob might tell you otherwise).  He has been walking around furniture since he was 10 or 11 months, so I thought that it would come faster, but no!  I think that he will just decide to walk one day.  Right now, I don’t think he knows that he can!  I am convinced that he could if he tried!  The little guy won’t even stand up alone for longer than a few seconds.  This is what he does if I ask him to “stand up:”

He does this with a huge grin on his face.
He is truly proud of his ability!

He is doing well in other areas developmentally, and the pediatrician (whom we visited just yesterday) is not too concerned.  He has another appointment with growth and development coming up soon, and we’ll address the walking then if it is still an issue.  He is talking and babbling a lot these days.  He says about a dozen words fairly consistently, and he is at the age where he is picking up new stuff each day.  I love it!  He is still such a happy guy.  Almost everyone who sees him comments on his big, friendly smile and gentle spirit.  We are so proud of him!

What can I say about Judah?  He is such an amazing child.  And he turned 3 in February!  I can hardly believe it!  He is learning new things at amazing speeds, as usual.  He can spell his own name, and is learning to read simple words.  I have to thank for that!

3 has also been a little bit trying for us.  There are a lot of big emotions going on at this age!  We have had our fair share of temper tantrums and tearful skirmishes over (what seem to me) minute details of everyday life.  It is harder than you think to avoid a power struggle with a 3-year-old!

But at the end of most days, when Judah says “I love you, Mommy/Daddy!” and happily drifts off to sleep, Rob and I comment on what a sweet and loving boy he is.  He is a great big brother and is so helpful around the house.  We are so blessed!

Daddy and his boys.

Judah has recently found a new friend.  Our next door neighbours just moved here in September, and we have only gotten to know them since the weather has started to warm up a little bit.  Their children are both about 6 months younger than our boys.  Judah and their oldest, let’s call her “J”, have quickly become good friends.  J even came knocking on our door to ask Judah to play today!  It is nice that Judah has someone to play with who lives right next door.  And I get to have some adult conversation with J’s mommy while the kiddies play, so it works out well for all of us!

Judah and J on our front porch.

That’s all for now!  I must sleep.  If you’re hungry for more photos before I post again, please check out our Photos page.  It’s a work in progress, so only 2004 and 2008 are complete.  Feel free to check out those pages, and I will post when the other pages have been updated.

God Bless!

6 thoughts on “an update!

  1. Awesome! Love the new site, Kare! You’re talented! LOVE the pics! Asher is growing up so much these days and it appears in some of those pics he too (b/c Christian has this too!)to have reddish tinge to his hair:) Do you guys have an Irish in your blood? haha! We do! My first cousins are all red heads with fiery tempers! Maybe it’s a Dutch trait too, I don’t know! Anyways, nice new site! Love you guys!

  2. Cute pictures and commentary, as usual!

  3. Oh my word, I miss you guys SOO much. I wish I could be around to see some of these changes 🙁 Sounds like Asher is growing up by the second. And those pictures of Asher are absolutely adorable!

    I had a feeling when I was over that day that Judah and Julia would hit it off 😉

    Miss you guys a ton, hope you two are good too!

    Love Amanda

  4. Oh, and I love the new blog! It is very cool, way better than my blog, and like you said, I like the security of it.

  5. Hi Karen! Thanks for including us in your elite readership:) Glad you’re back at blogging!! I look forward to seeing updates on how your little family is doing:) I’m SO glad you are home with your boys! Financially, it take some sacrifice and getting used to, but it CAN be done. You will not regret it.

    Re: Asher not walking yet – Rachel and Micah did not walk until 17 and 18 months respectively (15 & 16 months corrected). And Asher was born even earlier than they were. I wouldn’t worry about it just yet:) LOL about that picture of him “standing” – hilarious!

    About finding time to scrapbook, I don’t watch TV anymore and my kids are finally all going down to bed around 7ish, so if I don’t have other plans, I get an evening to be creative! It still takes me a few days to finish a layout, though.

    Well, gotta go – the kids are waking up from their naps – Mommy time is over. LOL!

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