what’s up with our family…

Rob’s broken ankle, for starters:

Rob's broken ankle

Yes, indeed.  My sweet hubby is not as young as he thinks he is.  (And if you want to know the full story about how he broke it, you’ll have to ask him yourself!)

Because of the broken bone, Rob was home for a week, and therefore I didn’t really get a chance to blog (or spend time on the computer at all, for that matter).  The past two weeks haven’t been much better as I have been trying to catch up on some housework and get myself into a solid routine.  I have also been spending a lot of time researching and reading about Charlotte Mason and other styles of homeschooling.

This is what has been going on with us over the past several weeks:

Nathan was baptized at the beginning of April.  It was a very beautiful ceremony, and we were able to celebrate afterwards with family and friends.  We are so thankful for everyone who supported us during Nathan’s time in the hospital and continue to encourage us now.  We can hardly believe how far our child has come.  His life truly is a miracle!

As I mentioned in a recent post, Rob and I attended the annual OCHEC convention at the end of April.  We learned some new things and once again felt reaffirmed and confident in our decision to homeschool.  Since the conference, I have been doing a lot of research and prayer about what homeschooling will look like for our family.  I am hoping to share a post with a little more information about a Charlotte Mason homeschooling approach in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

The boys are growing up so quickly!  I’m sure I say that often, but it is so true!  Judah has reached a fantastic age, and I am so thankful for that.  He has really matured in the past month or so; it is really neat to see him develop into a sweet little boy.  Asher is still a crazy little two-year-old with an intense attitude.  His language has blossomed even more in the past couple of weeks, which helps a little bit…but still..that child is so determined!  He is a sweetheart, though, and he loves people so much.  He is very social!  Nathan is, for the most part, as easygoing as ever.  I think he is cutting some teeth, though, because we have had some rough evenings with him in the past few weeks.  We haven’t had any doctor appointments in the last number of weeks, but we weighed the children on a scale at Rob’s work the other day, and they are all about ten pounds apart:  Nathan weighed just over 13 lbs, Asher is still 23 lbs (almost 24), and Judah is 33 lbs and some change.  Yep, my kids are lightweights.

Three weeks ago, I started running!  It started because I wanted to get up early to do devotions (instead of during quiet time in the afternoon), but I find it really hard to be awake enough when I first get up.  I also longed for some time alone (which all mamas know is hard to come by!)  I originally planned to just walk for 30 minutes, but if you know me, that’s just not my style.  If I’m going to do something, I throw my everything into it.  So I am just finishing week three of the “Couch to 5K” plan and I am loving it.  I wake up at ten minutes to six – yes, that’s 5:50 am! – and am out for about 25 to 30 minutes.  I will slowly be doing less walking and more running (and I definitely enjoy the running more, so that’s a good thing!)  I have to go out early so that I am back in time for Rob to leave for work.  Once he leaves, I shower and then spend some time with the Lord.  It’s a great way to kick-start my day.

On May 1st, Rob and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary!  Five years, three children, and countless other blessings…God is so good to us! We had a fantastic dinner at the Old Mill in Ancaster, and I would recommend the restaurant to anyone (but be advised that the meal will cost you a fair penny).  They have a “farm to table” philosophy and the chef will accommodate and adapt recipes to suit dietary preferences.  I had a similar dish to the year before, but our waitress (who happened to have served us last year!) remembered that I loved the side of oyster mushrooms last year, and they added that to my main dish.  (I usually don’t like mushrooms at all!)  If steak is your “thing,” though, be sure to request it be cooked a grade or two more than you typically like it.  Rob’s first piece of steak was pretty red.

We have also been gearing up for the summer.  We have planted several different vegetables (and some watermelon, by Judah’s request) in the backyard, and I’m excited to once again walk through this process with the boys.  Each day, Judah looks forward to helping me water the plants.  I enjoy the time outside with the boys, and also love being able to walk no further than my backyard to grab a green onion or herb to add flavour to my meals.

Other summer news: It’s SOCCER season, and we decided to enroll Judah this year.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to enroll him at first, but after I asked him and he seemed excited about it, I thought it was at least worth a try.  Tonight, we picked up his uniform and were able to meet his coach and some other teammates.  Judah interacted well with the other children and seemed really excited about starting to play soccer this weekend, so I think that this will be a good thing for him.  We’ll see!

That’s all the time I have for now.  Early rising means early bedtime, and it’s definitely getting late!  (I had hoped that the rest of the photos for this post would have uploaded by now, but they haven’t.  More photos and posting soon!)

3 thoughts on “what’s up with our family…

  1. Hey Karen, did the dr’s mention an air cast to rob when he got his cast on??? its a cast that can come off and its alot more comfortable ! maybe for next time !!! (hope not, but with rob you never know)

  2. Oh no! Sorry to hear about Rob’s ankle:(

    Good for you for running, Karen! Glad you’ve got a good routine going on. I started getting up early in the fall and I LOVE having time alone before the kids get up, and getting in some exercise, too. Enjoy!

    Congrats on five great years of marriage:) We just had our fifth with three kids, too. It’s great to be so blessed:)

    I so want to have a garden someday, too. Maybe next year!

  3. Thanks for the update, Karen. Your lives sound so busy, and yet so very blessed. You are all in our thoughts often.

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