Where We've Been and Where We're Going...

Shall we do a quick catch up?  Since my last post we've...

 had a joyful Christmas season...
and the baptism of this beautiful girl! 
We've taken tons of fun field trips, like this one to the Monocacy National Battlefield, 
or this one to our house.  Yup, we're still working on it. 
We've spent lots of time with family, 
and ran a 5k together.  I did a Couch to 5k program, and my family joined me on my color run.  SO FUN!! 
We started our summer off with an indoor reading pool party. 
Then enjoyed some more field trips, like this one at the National Zoo in DC,  
or this one to one of our library's summer reading programs.   
The rest of our summer was spent swimming, playing, and visiting our local parks.  This was our first family mini-golf experience. 
We started our school year off with some more field trips.  We went to the local Piscataway Museum, 
and apple picking. 
We've done some arts and crafts.  (That's a pig nose, elephant trunk, and mole nose in case you couldn't quite guess.) 
Everyone was really excited to gather firewood for our camping trip.  Luckily that huge branch missed the house when it fell down, but it sure kept us warm at our camp fire! 
We went to the pumpkin patch with Grandma and Grandpa on the coldest day of the year.  (It's a tradition!) 
Normally we avoid trick or treating like the plague, but we made an exception this year to go downtown to Embassy Row.  One word, AMAZING!!!  
Oh, and we even carved those pumpkins we picked from the patch.

I think that about hits the high points...except for the one that explains my noticeable absence.  About two years ago, you know, when it felt like our lives were being completely upended, because they were; well during that time hubby and I got some pretty strong inspiration about what was coming next for our family.  We kept it to ourselves and a few very close friends who prayed and waited with us, and now we're ready to share.  

Just after baby J was born last autumn our lives became a whirlwind.  There was an six hour job interview, clearances, a wait list, an official offer, and then finally a bid list.  After 18 months of waiting with no real progress, all of that happening in 6 months was mind boggling, literally and figuratively!

So, where exactly are we going?

Well, we're going to Montenegro!!

And we're really excited!!

In the three months since we've found out there have been medical clearances, customs forms, passports, lots of training for Steve, and plenty of lessons in Serbian.  

In the next two months there will be immunization, movers, hotel stays, and a fourteen hour flight.

Through all of it there's also absolutely been the hand of the Lord.  We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the State Department, and to represent our country in many other lands.  This is right where God wants us, and we couldn't be happier!!

P.S.  I'm still working on how exactly to journal our journey, but this change has definitely inspired me to do a better job of recording our experiences.  In theory I'll be doing that here, but I may also do it privately to better protect our little family.  I'll keep you posted.



We are so grateful to have received a special blessing just before Thanksgiving this year.
Our little J is a Thanksgiving blessing and Christmas angel all wrapped into one little 8 pound bundle, and everyone is very busy falling in love with her here at our house. 
Please excuse my continued absence as I enjoy these special Christmas moments with my newest little one, and her four adorable siblings. 

From our family to yours, we wish you the merriest of Christmases and many blessings in the New Year!!!


Just In Case

I'm still officially on my break, but when I saw this video today I just had to share it in case someone else needed to see it just as much as I did.


Two Thumbs Up

The year started out with such regular posts, and then came March...  We moved for the third time in nine months, and there was so much unpacking, and cleaning,and schooling, and so little energy.  I promised people I was going to post again, but never made the time, so here I am with a brief explanation and to announce that it's still going to be several months before I post regularly again.

The goods news is, we're all okay.  See... even our new little girls says so.

Yup, that's right, we are being blessed with our fifth little angel, and she's so cute that she gave me a thumbs up during our ultrasound.  Can I just tell you, I love this girl's spunk already?  She's just the optimist her mamma needs!!!  (I think the sonographer was incredible too, to actually capture the image!)

Gratefully I've been feeling much better this time, but I'm still exhausted, umm... most of the time!  :)  So I've been conserving my energy to unpack, clean, and keep homeschooling and loving my little ones.

Please pardon the quiet here.  I've gone back and forth about coming back to post more often, but it just can't be my priority right now, so I'll be back sometime after the New Year.  Until then, Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas.  Oh, and would you pray I'm not eating turkey in a hospital bed?!


Let's Click {mar.3~9}

This week was much quieter than last week, but still full of happy memories to capture and share.
 {mar.3} E, and S, were making a little mechanical toy run loose in the living room, and baby W would giggle and then chase after as fast as he could.  It was so sweet to see them all enjoying playing together.
 {mar. 4} We took water dyed food coloring, droppers, and a baster outside and went "painting".  This was the last thing on my winter bucket list, and I was so grateful the Lord provided the snow.  After painting we went sledding and had a snowball fight.  (Our painting was totally inspired by the Still Family.)
 {mar. 5} We started My Father's World Kindergarten this week, and S had a great time.  He enjoyed making play dough S's, and his face just cracked me up.
 {mar. 6} Our sun snack, half an orange and crinkle cut carrots.
 {mar. 7} E and s cut up a shoe box, and drew the city of Jerusalem inside, then created this game.  The goal was to make good choices so you could keep moving forward on the path.  I love listening to their choices of "singing a good song", "reading the scriptures", and "saying your prayers".
 {mar. 8} We're learning about the sun this week and did a little experiment.  We planted two cups of lettuce seeds, and then put one on the counter and another in a dark cabinet.  Today we compared them and saw how the ones in the sun were shorter and greener, and the ones growing in the dark were pale, taller, and generally less healthy.  We also talked to the little ones about how we need the Son as light in our lives.  (We decided to save our seeds that had been growing in the dark, and I'm pleased to saying, they're making a comeback.  I feel a lesson on repentance coming on.)
{mar. 9}  Daddy loves that W photo-bombed V, and I love how cute she is with her cookie and jug of milk.  Grandma and I just couldn't pass those bottles up when we went to thet store the other day.  I think maybe we need adult supervision when we go out.  Colleen, wanna be the adult next time?

Now that I'm caught up on Let's Click again maybe I'll get really motivated later in the week and post about our mini vacation to Jamestown... maybe.


Let's Click {feb.24~mar.2}

Yup, behind again.  What can I say, I'm not a faithful blogger, but at least I'm a faithful photographer.  

Here's our week:
 {Feb. 24} The little ones decided to open an art gallery, complete with directional signs on how to get there.
 When I arrived at the gallery, the art was all spread out for viewing. 
 {Feb. 25} V went out and scooped snow into an empty ice cream container then sat on the floor to share with W.  She is such a generous girl!
 {Feb. 26} We had another unexpected snow that gave me the chance to do some unfinished activities I had planned, like "hiding" red hearts in the snow for everyone to find when they went out to play.
 We also finally made our outdoor ice sculpture and hung it up.  It was beautiful to watch it blow from my kitchen window.
 {Feb. 27} Our first muffin tin meal in a LONG time.  Nothing fancy, just hummus from Trader Joe's, and some vegetables and pita, but it felt good to even want to take the time to make one.
 {Feb. 28} Spaghetti dinner at the amazing hotel we stayed at when we took a surprise, and very last minute field trip to Jamestown. 
 {Mar. 1} We spent the entire day discovering life at the Jamestown Settlement, and at the National Park Service Jamestown site.  Daddy helped the three big one scrape out the inside of a burned out log with shells to help make a canoe.
 {Mar. 2} We had an impromptu Rueben dinner at grandma's after church, and of course I forgot the camera, so I took a picture of the leftovers.  Did I mention dinner was good?!

It felt good to want to get out and do things, and to actually follow through on that.  The last year has left me with little desire to actually get out, and even less desire to follow through on actually getting out, but my word for the year (hope) and focused prayer and scripture study has helped, and I am feeling the Lord breathe life back into my heart.  We'll "hope" that keeps growing!


Let's Click {feb.17~23}

This week was a little rough, and the few memorable moments seemed to find me without my camera.  I'm going to record my thoughts since I don't have the pictures to remind me. 

{Feb.17} Daddy and I were able to get out for a date.  Grandma watched the little ones while we went to the temple, and had lunch at a little deli near home.  It was nice to have some time away and to try something new.

{Feb. 18} Sweet E drew this picture for me and slipped it under my bedroom door first thing in the morning.
{Feb.19} A friend dropped by with this beautiful orchid for me.  I've always wanted an orchid but was to afraid that I would kill it to get one for myself.  She knew I had been struggling with some things and dropped by to tell me she cared.

{Feb.20} I got to have an evening out with my mom.  We went to a class at church and learned all about how to incorporate more raw fruits and vegetables in our diets.  We enjoyed some yummy salads and a green drink, and then stopped at Five Guys on the way home for a burger.  :)

{Feb.21} The young women from church were reading the Book of Mormon in 24 hours, so a couple of us got together to make sandwiches for their lunch.  It's a struggle for me to get out and meet new people so this was socialization with a purpose and made it easier for me.
{Feb.21} Spring came for the day, so we decided to have a picnic, and put our rugs out to dry.  It's supposed to snow again within a few hours of my typing this.  Hoping that it's a reminder that this dark season we've been through is about to depart and open up to spring. 
We also opened our home to friends for a potluck this evening, but I forgot to take pictures until it was over.  It was a tasty evening.
{Feb.22} I'm still plugging along on reading the Bible in 90 days.  Today's reading was from Job, and it was just what I needed.  I'm grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who will meet me where I am.


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