My brother from Vermont came into town and we had 6 of all 7 kids together at my house. I loved being able to host, and spend time with my family. I am in the middle of the 2 boys in my family, and I love that I have a big brother. He and his family of 4 girls (with one more on the way!) just moved across country from California to get to his new job as a dentist in Vermont. We are THRILLED that he is closer to us, and was able to come and visit. The real purpose of his trip was to spend some time with my Dad, who's health hasn't been 100%, and I know that I would find it hard to be far away while my parents were sick.
Our next visitors of the mont were family from the Reynolds side from North Carolina, to come up and be with my Mother-in-law, who just found out she is going to have to have heart surgery to replace a valve. It's been a very emotional time, and we are all feeling the need to be close to our parents. We gathered together at our house, and celebrated 3 birthdays, including mine.
We also had the start of Lent and we keep trying to motivate the kids and keep them focused on the penitential season. (Mommy needs motivation too.) We are trying the beans in the jar for sacrifices and extra services.
I also got to spend some time at the doctor's office this month, due to some kidney stones. It was not a fun time, and we are still waiting on them. I had a moment of joy when I handed my license to the hospital staff, and I couldn't stop smiling when they asked me if that was my current address. It still makes me smile to know that we have been so blessed with a wonderful home and are so happy here! I know I need to put photos up, but it's never all clean at the same time. :)
My Emma made her first Confession last month as well! We are so proud of her new clean soul!
I realize that this month brought a lot of things that needed prayers, and it has been sobering to think about my parents and in-laws and their health. We have lots to be praying for, and need to be with the Lord during this time.