Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What a life!

From 2008 Patch Barracks
Vic in his jammies laughing it up with mom. Notice all the drool! He's cutting two molars.

From 2008 Patch Barracks
Mr. Curious

Young Vic has been home 2 & 1/2 months now and doing very, very well. The sound of my oldest son doing something to make my youngest son roll with laughter is music to my ears. I enjoyed this blessed sound today after Vic's nap, Jack insisted that he go in first and visit with Vic before I came to get him.

So much has changed in the past few months...

- Our wildest dream of expanding our family has come true, and Vic is so much more than we imagined.
- My sweet Jack is now a big boy 1st grader. What happened? Where did the time go???
- Moved from our gorgeous 100+ year old German farmhouse into a modern on-post apartment.
- Oh yeah, and I'm pregnant. After Dr's said that it wouldn't happen without significant medical help.

What a difference a year makes. I won't go over all our tragic losses from 2007, as they are painful and too personal. Just know that as 2007 was all about darkness and repeated sudden losses, 2008 is all about life and happiness. Have you found that following great tragedy and loss comes great triumph and love? We have.

With the addition of Vic and the pending arrival of the newest Sims, I realized that we needed life to become much, much more simple. My darling did the whole move just to make me happy, and we've been surprised at how easy life is now without a commute.

-The best for Bob: no traffic jams, he walks Jack to school then down the street to work.
-The best for me: The laundry room is *down the hall* from the bedrooms instead of two flights down the stairs in our old farmhouse. Plus, I don't feel so isolated anymore.

I must admit that I think of things to blog about every day, but find I feel like toast by the time I'm off the clock. I'm now 8 months pregnant with 8 weeks left - my due date is October 31st - and this is definitely making a dent in how much energy I have left at the end of the day. Excuses, excuses. The timing of this pregnancy is waaay off my preferred plan, but it is a very welcome gift we've been given.

Here is a quote I read on The NieNie Dialogues blog that may help me keep life in perspective.

"Author Anna Quindlen reminds us not to rush past the fleeting moments. She said: “The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less”(Loud and Clear [2004], 10–11).

From 2008 Patch Barracks
Jack & Mom enjoying the "doing" of life more.


Joby and Marla said...

I loved your update. Congrats on the pregnancy!!!!
You certainly have your hands full but I know it is a great time!!!!

Keep us updated. Do you know if you're having a girl? If not, then you are definitely outnumbered!!!!

The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

congrats!!! how awesome!!!
and..Vic is a cutie!!!

Tina said...

It has been so so long. I think about you guys all of the time...in fact we have a picture of your family on our fridge :o) I haven't done anything with blogs for a long long time...no looking no updating...nothing. Last time I looked at your blog was just days before you were going to get Vic. What an adorable baby he is!! I am so happy for you I could just cry...and with the next one coming so soon...what a sweet blessing! I fully understand having kids close together as I have the three under 4! At times I feel like I am going crazy... and other times it is just pure joy. I loved the quote you put on your post...perfect. Tell Bob, Jack, and Vic that we say hi...and Jake dog says hi too!

Steve, Kristine, Cole, Kade said...

What a wonderful blessing! I am excited to be here to watch your family grow so much. 2008 is definitely y'alls year! Yahoo - and I get to hold them all - I feel lucky.

Tricia said...

I didn't get to see your blog while I was in Kaz and just caught up now since I have been home. WOW! Congratulations on your new arrival coming soon. That is incredible. It is great to hear that Vic is doing well and that he and his older brother Jack are enjoying each other. Good for you making changes that will make life easier for you. It will allow you to live in the moment more for sure. I can't wait to see a photo of your family of five now. Yes, after the rain comes a rainbow. It is a beautiful thing.

Joby and Marla said...

Did your computer have Vista on it or XP? I have heard some people are having problems using the Vista in Kaz & am wondering what to do.