Wow. So it’s been almost a year since I wrote. My father-in-law told me last weekend that he still checks my blog to see if I’ve written. Now that’s loyalty, folks.
Oliver just turned one last week and I’m finding myself coming back to this blog. The past year has been great. Stretching, exhausting, thrilling, and full of growing pains. But we survived the first year of having three small children. We can only go up, I say.
Big things happening around these parts, though. Jackson starts Kindergarten in eight days. (Not that I’m counting) My heart sometimes can’t take the fact that my “baby” is about to be dropped off at a building full of strangers each day. But he is so very excited. Like “let’s make a paper chain to count down the days” excited. I’m so thankful that he is excited. It would be so much harder if he was dreading it. Honestly, I don’t think he knows what is coming. But that’s ok too. Sometimes it’s best not to know and just to be excited. My heart jumps a little when I think about how close it is. We’ve gotten his backpack and a new outfit for the first day of school. Still working on a lunch box and water bottle. I find myself worrying over little things like finding the right thermos and making sure we have good snacks for when he comes home from his first day. I just want everything to feel safe and secure for him. Dave and I are praying fervently for good friends and a teacher who will know how to teach boys. A boy who loves to learn, but can be a little fidgety at times. There is so much newness ahead of us.
In this past year, Dave also started a new job. We are almost nine months into that and I feel like life is starting to get into a more predictable routine. It’s also been a shock to the family and to him. But we are thankful for the new opportunities that God has given him. There are lots of fun things on the horizon for him!
This weekend we’ll celebrate our little Ollie. Nothing too fancy. Just a dinner and some cake with people who love him. I’m looking forward to it. I always love an excuse to throw a party. Jackson and Audrey are in full party-planning mode. Each day they want to make presents for Oliver or help me decorate. Yesterday Jackson was laying out tablecloths all over the living room floor. I kept having to tell him the party wasn’t until Saturday.
I’ll close for now. I just wanted to get a post up to get that part over with. My plan is to post here more often. Phil, you’re going to have to hold me accountable!