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A New Mission

We just finished our annual Outer Banks vacation with my husband’s side of the family. It was the first time I hadn’t had a newborn or been pregnant in three years, so I really enjoyed it! I really felt like we finally made it over that hump…you know, the one in which you are always thinking, “this is going to suck but I’m going to keep trying.” The kids are finally all at pretty great ages. The older two are 8 and 10 and can boogie board and jump waves like pros. The 3 year old finally became best buddies with her other 3 year old cousin, and let me tell you, the two of them are trouble! The 16 month old charged the waves like Mel Gibson in Braveheart. He absolutely loved the beach! Like I said, it finally feels like my life is letting out an enormous exhale instead of holding its breath for easier days.
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Friday with Addie

While accepting the possibility that I might actually be close to the point in my life that I have time to start blogging again, I’m going to kick off a new segment called, “Fridays with Addie.”

Addie is my 2 year old and she is a hilarious child.  She’s smart…too smart.  She’s sugar and spice and has an Irish temper.  She’s always listening.  She is a constant reminder of the things I dislike about myself.  For example, when driving, sometimes I say things to the cars in front of me.  I don’t mean to, I just do…such as “move along,” or “let’s go genius.”  She can talk to her brothers and sister, while simultaneously listening to my husband and my conversations.  She stores our words in her little brain bank, and saves them for the appropriate, (but most inappropriate) times.  Addie pretty much is my verbal conscience when we go to the food store, which is mortifying.  Somehow, she knows the random thoughts that fly in and out of my head, when we’re in a crowded store of people that think the entire earth is revolving around them.
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8 months of Getting to Know You<3

And just like that, 8 months have crept and flown by all at once.

You woke me up today at quarter of five, so I made you a bottle and sat in the rocker feeding you…and you just stared at me. Lately, I can’t get your attention for a moment while feeding you a bottle. You are constantly looking at the world around you, taking in every moment, almost afraid you’re going to miss something. But not this morning. Today, all you cared about was me.
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Remember When

Life with four.

I can say that I’ve adjusted at this point.  To what?  The chaos.  Having four children is total chaos.  There’s not a moment I’m not pulled in one direction or another.  If one child doesn’t need me, another does.  I know that I need at least an hour to get everyone and everything packed and out the door.  It’s exhausting.  It’s sorta like groundhog day.  But it’s pretty amazing.  I can say with absolute confidence that no day is boring.
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For Addison, on her second birthday.

And just like that, you are two years old.

You are beautiful.  You are kind.  You are a constant reminder to me that blessings come in the most unexpected places, at the most unexpected times.  You will always have a special place in my heart because you are a forever reminder that the Lord gives grace, even when life’s circumstances seem hopeless.
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Great Expectations

I think everyone feels this way at one point in time or another.  For me, it’s rather often.  I have great expectations regarding life and quite honestly, they’re just unrealistic.

This past weekend, my husband took our oldest son fishing on one of their two annual “man weekends.”  So of course, that leaves just us gals at home, and of course, the baby boy.  So with a “man weekend” comes a “girls’ weekend.”  The problem is, my daughter also has great expectations.  In her mind, girls’ weekend is a 24/7 event with no end and no limitations to all of the things she would like to do with me.  It was exhausting and so frustrating because no matter what we were doing, she was constantly asking what we were doing next.  She’s always this way, but this past weekend it was extremely intense…to the point that every effort I made to do something special felt like it was being washed out by the prospect of what was coming next.  She doesn’t mean to be that way, and it’s not that she’s ungrateful because she’s not.  She’s very appreciative after everything we did, but her personality is always waiting for what will happen next.  I know a few adults like that, and I have to somehow help guide her with this personality trait, or she will end up like them…never as happy as she could be in the present moment because she is constantly living for the future moments.
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Easiest. Childbirth. Ever.

So my little man is now 20 days old!  It’s hard to believe it’s  been 20 days already, but time goes quickly when you’re occupied with children:)

I have to say that this was the EASIEST child birth I ever had.  We scheduled a c section this time around.  Last time I ended up with an emergency section because I had an abnormally excessive amount of amniotic fluid for no reason at all.  Well, an ultrasound towards the end showed the same condition with this pregnancy, and although we were planning on a section anyways, this finalized any doubts we had.  Not to mention it bumped it up a few days earlier.
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No One Can Put A Patent On Common Sense

You’re given free will…so at what point do you cave and just believe everything you’re told?  Whether in regards to what is morally acceptable, how to raise children, what to eat, and so on, when do you unknowingly just accept it as truth?

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