|A HUGE thanks goes out to DragonLeaf .|
Mama's super proud of her 3 favorite guys. They've adjusted well to not being able to lean on mom quite so much these days. That, in big part, is because their daddy has stepped up in a big way for them. *swoon* Really, these people I've been blessed with are amazing. Even my Hadley, who has been gone nearly 2 years, is still blessing me. Feeling the way I do...wanting to call it quits...being stretched way too thin...makes me a scosh grumpy. Then, I think of my amazing girl...her crooked smile, her love of people, the pure joy she found in the simplest things, how tough she was when we had to put her through hell to try and save her. I fall WAY short of the example she set but, I can strive. These four people make this mama better.
To backtrack a bit...we had a
We moved out of Portland and into the 'burbs. This move took place days after my release from the hospital following major abdominal surgery removing large portions of my colon and small intestine...and just before Brandon's L4/L5 fusion, so we were both restricted to lifting no more than about 10-15 lbs. Needless to say we hired movers. We did all the packing and prep (with the help of a few loyal and amazing friends and family members) and then left all the heavy lifting for the pros. The bill at the end of moving day nearly put me in shock...but, was SO worth it. That move put us in a much better neighborhood, a much bigger single family home (with a yard), and a great school district/neighborhood school for the same amount of money we were paying in the city for a townhouse. We decided, prior to this move that it was time to move the boys to public school. So far we have had a wonderful experience. The boys have adjusted well and are thriving in their new environment. We are pleased with their teachers and the amount of time and energy they are putting into the education of EACH child. I really feel like this move was absolutely best for our family. <3
Just after school started Mama started Chemo and The Mister had his surgery. Thankfully, for all parties involved, Gramma drove out and stayed for almost two weeks to help and keep us sane. I'm fairly certain we still owe her a FULL day at a spa to help her recover. <3 The Mister's surgery went exactly as planned and he was home in record time. He's been a trooper and a half...and has had to do way more around the house than he probably should have. His next follow up is on Monday. He'll have Xrays and find out what the next several weeks will look like for him. His brace may be dc'd, he may be going back to work etc. We'll see what the good doc has to say about his films. I'm still not breathing exactly right...not until he gets the 'all clear' that his back problem is 'fixed' and he's fit for full duty. I'll update next week on this.
It's always way more fun to just show you pics of this time of year. ;)
|Liam's field trip to Liepold Farms. |
Our last 'order of business' is honoring Mr Liam. He was given a Character Education Award for the month of November. The character trait is Perseverance. In the assembly some of the students helped to define perseverance as: Never giving up, trying again and again and again, and always keeping on going. That sounds like my boy to me. <3 We love you and are so proud of you little man. You are SO wise for your age.
|Liam receiving his award from his|