Although it would appear that we have disappeared off the face of the Earth ….. we have not. We’re still here!!
Life has been full of so many, mostly wonderful, new things!
Peter is in 2nd grade and is learning all new things. He is off the hook with his math skills and has recently had some struggles with spelling, but in the last 2 weeks – thanks to some hard work, patience and a new app on my phone – he has really excelled and is now getting excellent grades on his spelling tests!!! We’re super proud of our big guy! He also had surgery a few weeks ago – which has taken much of our focus – but came through it beautifully. It was a ‘little boy’ problem, so it was quite interesting trying to figure out how he can best explain his operation to his friends at school. We called it his ‘surgery below his tummy on a hernia’ ….. because, honestly ….. what 7 year old is going to know what a hernia is?? It seemed to have worked, too! He had his post-op follow-up and we’re all ‘clear’ for normal activity and ‘back to normal’ life!!! And, let me just say …. it was not easy for this active little dude to keep under the radar for 2 weeks. He has been counting down the days until he can, once again, be completely active! He’s back to swim classes too, and couldn’t be a happier boy! He had some fun visitors in the hospital that helped (both him AND I!) and the spoilege continued for the next couple days. My best friend not only visited us in the hospital but then she [completely out of the kindness of her heart and kitchen] made us a meal and dropped off some ‘get well’ cards that her boys had made for Pete! He was on cloud 9! Then, his little ‘crush’ [a lady from our church, married ;), whom he has been in love with since he was 4] visited him here at home and brought a whole bag of goodies and things to do while he was on bed rest. It really was perfect timing, because later that same day he quickly became ill, due to the anesthesia. And, having those distractions was a huge blessing! He later received a ginormous basket full of sweets from our prior Shepherding Elder and his family. They live an hour away and sent him this basket so that he could have something extra special to snack on during his recovery. Thankfully ….. he shared some of his chocolate with his Momma! 🙂 We were covered in prayer, by so many precious friends and family members, it made things much easier for us to ‘handle’. This was the first time we’ve had a child go under for surgery, so it was a whole new experience for us all. We also had so many friends and family watch Peter at home, while he recovered so that James could go to school and Tim and I could go back to work. It was a blessing for sure! These days, he enjoys playing and building with legos, trio blocks and other ‘boy like’ toys. He has lots of little buddies at school and loves having playdates with them! He lost 4 teeth so far, and has – I might add – quite the lazy toothfairy. She has forgotten his $ at least twice. But, with his gentle forgiving spirit, he hasn’t held anything against her;)
James is loving his second year of preschool at Springboro Preschool of Discovery. He is also on his second year of swimming lessons and has learned, not only to swim, but to jump into the water, without holding his nose and how to do the breast stroke and back stroke. He can also float – his personal favorite! 🙂 He learned how to write his name this year – and even though he insists on putting the hook on the right side of his ‘J’, because he thinks it should go that way, he’s actually pretty good at it, for being only 4 years old! James is in Awanas this year! He is officially a Cubbie …. and learns at least 2 memory verses each week and is doing wonderfully! He also has some close buds at school and enjoys having playdates with them. This little guy of ours is our TALKER! We have something in our home that we use, called a ‘talking time out’ …. it’s for those 5 minutes of quiet that Mommy needs during the day! 🙂 He is also very active!! He is in gymnastics and really loves using his energy to spin and jump, hop and turn, flip and flop. He’s quite the mover! Next year, all things will change, as he’ll be in Kindergarten and attending Dayton Christian – full day, everyday. He’s my snuggle-bug, so every morning he cuddles with me and covers me in hugs and kisses, and then does it again before bed. He loves playing all things pirates! He still loves his dinosaurs and his all time favorite animal is still the sheep (baa-baa) and sleeps with his baa-baa pillow every night. He cracks me up!
….. more updates to come!! 🙂