"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Friday, February 20, 2015

Five Weeks

Declan is five weeks old today...


And receiving an unusual amount of attention...


Thanks to our unexpected SNOW WEEK!

On one hand it's nice not to have to worry about getting out early and dragging Declan along to the bus stop. This poor fifth child who will never have the luxury of sleeping in, making his own schedule, or taking a proper nap in a crib. And this mother, who was unbelievably spoiled with Michael's extended vacation time from work, really hasn't had to juggle bus duty and a baby many times.

But...

But...

I think we can handle it.

After a week of being snowed in, I'm willing to give it my best shot.

On one of the warmer days, like when the windchill was 5, I thought we better get out while we could. Colder times were coming. I didn't think Declan would appreciate it. Since I couldn't stay out the whole time, I didn't want to risk losing Easton in a snow drift. And, well, Lila really doesn't like weather of any kind. So I turned these two out...



They were most excited about the hot chocolate that came after.

With more winter weather on the way, we may never dig out. Summer school is in our future. But for now we'll play a lot, fight a little (or vice versa), watch way too much tv, and take advantage of holding a baby that serves as our own personal heater.

What more could we ask for?








Monday, February 16, 2015

A Whole Month

Declan says, "In all my month of living, I've never seen so much snow."

And this was as close as we got to it...


Although we were standing inside the house looking out the door, Levi quickly came along with a blanket. 

Declan was cold, of course...


Brother knows best. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Four Weeks

Four weeks, already...


I can't say that a bath is Declan's favorite thing. But I can say that giving Declan a bath is one of Levi's favorite things. Along with any other activity involved in the care of Declan.

This makes his day...


And mine too. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Easton Turns Four

And then there were three...

Four year olds, that is!

Easton is thrilled to be part of the club. On Levi's actual birthday, Easton missed the memo and was unaware that Levi was turning four. Early that morning Levi filled him in on the news. Easton came to me in unbelief and told me that Levi said he was four. I said, "Well, yes he is."

Easton was crestfallen. I assured him his time was coming soon.

And today is the day...


Adoption and birthdays bring on different emotions. For there to be an adoption, there has to be a loss. A birthday is a reminder that there are parts of his life we will never know. 

After Declan was born, the kids went to the "nursery" where Piper and Levi's newborn pictures are displayed. Easton asked the question, "Where's mine?"

Heartbreaking.

While we don't have those very early pictures, we have been blessed with several pictures of our baby Easton, and each and every one is priceless...


But it's the hard questions, that make the little things in life that much sweeter. Easton is a doodler. He loves to draw and write everyone's name. But there's a clear favorite in the family. He brings home papers from preschool on a daily basis with pictures of Piper. Pictures of Piper and Easton. Piper's name here. Piper's name there.

He loves and is clearly loved by a big sister. A big sister he didn't have two years ago...

And this is heartwarming...

Friday, February 6, 2015

Three Weeks

Declan is three weeks old today...


Today, he got an important lesson courtesy of his big brother.

How to suck your thumb...


The first of many lessons, I'm sure...


I can only imagine.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Sunday

Yes, there's a certain football game tonight...

But today was super because Declan went to church for the first time...


And for an edition of Sentimental Sunday...

A look back at Levi's first trip to church, which was also Super Bowl Sunday...


As for Declan, he is completely worn out.

 But he's a champion of the Sunday afternoon nap, clocking in at four hours.

A Super Sunday indeed.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Two Weeks


Declan is two weeks old today...


This week we've discovered that baby toys are very exciting...for the big brother.

But I believe the big brother is more interesting for the baby...


Of course we went through this a few years ago with the big sister...


And then there was the first baby who had the whole thing to herself.

Lucky? Or boring?


I guess it depends who you ask.