Monday, October 23, 2017

My Emma

My heart is just so full right now. I want to share some of my joy with you all.
I have this 12 year old daughter who is just amazing.  I am totally floored by her passion, attitude and achievements.  This young lady has enough confidence to sing at the microphone at Mass and volunteer to do it!  She is at her first year at a new school and has just done amazing.  In her first month, she received a Merit Award from the 7th grade girls at school, and it says that she demonstrates Christ-like qualities.   
I call this girl my flower.  She blooms where she is planted (grows taller than me), and loves her new school, makes friends easily, stays away from the drama and has amazing grades.  She helps around the house, can see the need of things to be done and often will step up to help with the small ones. Emma is in Squire Roses, sings in the choir, and the chamber choir.  Emma is always writing, drawing and planning the next thing to do.  Needless to say, but I am so proud of her!  The teachers at the school may say that she looks like me, but her personality is the definite opposite of mine.  It is a joy to watch her grow.  I am grateful for my Emma!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

ALS Walk in DC

We attended the ALS walk in DC with Joe and many of his coworkers.  It was so awesome to see how many people Joe has touched in his life, and the many coworkers and friends who came out to support Joe and his family.

Joe knows what he’s facing, and fighting. And all with joy.  He has always  been one to give joy to those around him; and true to form, he wants to make this, too, a journey of joy.  As he says, each day is a blessing, and the love and support that he has received from family and friends has convinced him that he is the luckiest man on the face of this earth!
Your prayers and financial support will help lighten this load for Joe, Melanie, and their four beautiful children.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

All About Lucy: Birthday, Big News, and Sparkles

My, my, how time does fly when you spend your days scrolling the book of faces and try, very unsuccessfully to keep house.  My days are full, but not really as full of what I hoped would be going on this year.  It's funny how so many people say that with one child at home I should be able to do so much.  I am not nearly as busy as I am when the kids are home.  And though this is not my first year with just one at home, I still have this response:


Well, in theory that would be amazing.  But, have you met any 2 year old who lets you do anything, uninterrupted?  Or, if you decide to potty train (oh my goodness I always forget how hard that is) and you feel like a helicopter pilot/mom.  That.  That ALONE fills the days.  Can I have a nickel for every time I say the word "potty"?

(Don't worry.  It was clean.  Never been used)
She's done really well!  I'm super proud of her, though some days I wonder if I started her too early.  But, we persevere!  And I love not worrying about diapers.  

Lucy had her very first dentist appointment, and though I told her she would be going after Mommy, so she could watch, she very seriously informs me that "I am going first."  Well okay then. 

She did uh-mazing.  And, when she was all done, she says, "I have sparkly teeth!" 

Love this girl.
Next up in this awesome girl's adventures is Lucy turning 3!

We had princess stuff everywhere, and are still enjoying the balloon daddy bought for his Princess.  I sent him to a fun store called Party Co for a cake topper.  I couldn't even fit it in the photo!
In not so exciting news, I tried to get to a local Bible study again.  Lucy must have had some serious bad memories as she started crying as soon as we entered the building.  I could hear her crying all the way down the hall again, and it broke my heart.  For a little one with so much energy and spunk, she is not a fan of "daycare" scenarios.  I was really hoping that she would feel comfortable, as I wanted to try to join a gym (though I doubt I will get my tush in the door of one)
Lucy understands so much, will help me remember things in the grocery store and keep the boys in line.  Her hair and curls are the talk of everyone wherever we go, and I just hope that they will stay!  I love that she is all about dresses, girly shoes, princesses, and purses, tea parties and fancy clothes.  It's adorable!