"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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Two Years With Lila

Two years ago, we met a scared little girl in China. 

Here's a highlight of a happier moment in that day of her life (there weren't many). And one in which we knew that if nothing else, she knew how to care for her baby...


These days, our Lila really is capable of just about anything. She regularly leaves me shaking my head when I hear about her performance at preschool. Simply put, she absolutely shows off. There is a God-sent, match made in heaven between Lila and her teacher. I wish I could bottle it up and give it to everyone that comes in contact with my little girl. Tears will be shed when preschool is over and I'm not talking about Lila.

Lila tells me daily that she "chooses hard work." And she does. I've mentioned her fine motor skills in the past including "punching" and coloring to name a couple.

Apparently she also enjoys sketching at the light box...

Does anyone else think it would take the patience of Job for a four year old to do this kind of thing and do it so well?

I see this and her affinity for seriously hard puzzles and stand in wonder...


And then I see her fall apart while waiting in the teeth-brushing line and think,

Well maybe she's used up her patience for the day.

Either way, I look at this girl and know, she's gonna make it...
If she wants to.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It's a Batman Birthday!

There are two superheroes in the house turning FOUR...


Of course Levi's big day was last week, and Easton's is coming up...


Each boy has his special day at home, but it's nice to lump these parties into one. There just so happens to be another little boy who may get in on the action next time. How convenient...


Time for cake...


Someone finds the singing of "Happy Birthday" to be a little awkward...


Candles...Levi blew his side out quickly and gave Easton a little help...


Presents...

...

Who's this family?


Better?


Happy Birthday to my Big Boys!

Friday, January 23, 2015

One Week

Declan is one week old today...


And Levi's still hanging in there. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Two Years With Easton

If ever there was a month to celebrate in our family, it is now. Four of our five children were "delivered" to us in January.

And two years ago today, it was Easton...


A few days ago I was thinking about our trip to China. 

"Did we really do that?"

Surreal as it seems now, yes we did...


Easton came to us and never looked back. 

These days if he is not trying to be charming or silly, Easton will proudly tell (and show) you that he can...

-Count to 100 (one hundred)
-Spell and write his siblings' names (including Declan)
-Speak age appropriately (He's getting kicked out of speech therapy)

Although he's not one for performing in public, Easton is a wonderful singer with a gift for memorizing lyrics. He's still singing the songs from Piper's Christmas performance. I'm not sure she paid much attention to her practice cd, but it's clear Easton was listening.

As for me, I am blessed daily by my easy-going, happy boy. If we had a family yearbook, he'd be voted "Best All Around."

So in the spirit of music, to quote a country song...

"If I had it to do all over again..."


For sure.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My Biggest Boy

Four years ago I met my first dark-haired boy...


He was born with a true helping heart and is the hardest little worker I know. I can hardly lift a finger without a constant offer to help. Woe is me if I'm caught doing laundry or cooking without including him. And if Daddy is working outside, well the excitement is off the charts. 

It comes as no surprise that he's shaping up to be the best big brother around...


Happy Birthday, Levi!

Thanks for four years of unspeakable joy.

Monday, January 19, 2015

40 Little Fingers

Declan's first full day at home coincided with a holiday.

Which meant...no school...


Which lead to...40 little fingers...


ALL over him...


ALL day long...


Until he cried...or made other undesirable noises and then...

He was ALL mine!