This lady has simply been rising a lot just lately. I really feel like she seems larger and totally different each few days!
I posted this on Instagram final week:
I’m sitting right here holding a fussy teething child and simply wished to lean in and remind you of this at present: You may’t do every little thing, however you are able to do one thing.
I’m in a season of life now with two infants — one who has some additional wants — the place I don’t have as a lot flexibility or availability as I as soon as did. However simply because I can’t do what I as soon as did doesn’t imply I can’t do one thing. You may’t do every little thing however you are able to do one thing.
I won’t be capable of drop every little thing and go spend the day with a buddy who’s struggling, however I can nonetheless ship a textual content to examine in, pray for her, and invite her over for an hour. I can’t do every little thing, however I can do one thing.
I won’t have hours of uninterrupted time to spend with Jesse and the children, however I can nonetheless discover little blocks of time (typically whereas holding a child) to speak, pay attention, and be concerned of their life. I can’t do every little thing, however I can do one thing.
I won’t be capable of preserve my home as clear or as organized as I as soon as did, however I can use the little snippets of time I’ve to select up, rinse the dishes, and do some group (typically whereas holding a child!). I can’t do every little thing, however I can do one thing.
Let’s cease making excuses for doing nothing or feeling responsible that we are able to’t do every little thing and as a substitute put our vitality into doing what we are able to do with the time and capability we now have, proper the place we’re. I can’t do every little thing, however I can do one thing.
I put the infants of their matching jammies… Kierstyn wasn’t too excited. 😉
What occurs when you could have two older sisters. 🙂
The children had Spirit Week — are you able to guess what day this was?
Champ likes to put his hand on me like this when he falls asleep whereas I maintain him.
Champ had surgical procedure just a few weeks in the past and did SO nicely. (It was a surgical procedure he wanted to have ever since he was born however they wished to attend till he was robust sufficient to have it. We’re so grateful to have that behind us.) You may read more about the surgery here.
Champ additionally graduated from his helmet and received listening to aids. He’s slowly adjusting to them and so they make such a distinction! We’re nonetheless engaged on getting him to maintain them in since he can’t sit up but, so he’s typically rolling round and so they fall out or he pulls them out.
He’s additionally beginning all-day in-home visits together with his mother in preparation for eventual reunification. Numerous feelings surrounding that, however in the end, we’re so thrilled for him and for her and the way onerous she has labored to get thus far.
Virtually each morning, the infants sit on the mattress collectively whereas we learn image books, sing a hymn, overview the ABC Reminiscence verse ebook, and skim a Proverb. They love being learn and sung to!
We spent numerous time on the sidelines watching the previous couple of weeks of Silas’ baseball video games just lately. I can’t imagine the season is over with!
Kierstyn’s persona continues to blossom. She’s been actually discovering her voice and studying find out how to talk. She brings a lot pleasure and laughter to our dwelling.
I received to interview @sissygoff for the podcast. We talked all about elevating worry-free youngsters. Search for the episode on The Crystal Paine Present tomorrow. It’s SO good!!
The bond that these two have is simply the sweetest.
I shared this on Instagram final week:
One little one wished to speak till 10 pm, one little one wished assist with learning for 2 exams till after 10:30 pm, one child struggled to fall asleep till after 11:30 pm, one child wakened and couldn’t sleep for just a few hours between 3 am and 5 am, and one little one woke us up at 6:45 am asking if we may assist them research once more.
I wished to really feel grumpy this morning as I attempted to open my eyes groggily, consolation a now awake and fussy child, and assist with take a look at learning. However then I caught myself earlier than I launched right into a litany of lament as I reminded myself: This can be a present. This life proper right here. This chance to pour into little ones. This can be a present.
So many would give something to be in my sneakers. So many would like to have little ones conserving them up at night time or teenagers wanting to speak or youngsters asking for assist with learning. This can be a present.
As a substitute of complaining, I requested God to please multiply the sleep I received to be sufficient for me to do what He has known as me to do at present. After which I selected to stand up and love on the folks earlier than me with a smile on my face.
A short while later, I spotted I didn’t even discover the drained feeling — as a substitute I noticed the gorgeous items in entrance of me.
Gratitude reframes our perspective!
Additionally, the large youngsters are off to highschool, the infants are actually each down for a nap on the identical time (which doesn’t occur that usually however I feel they’re worn out, too, from final night time!!), so I’m additionally grateful for the sudden present of a mid-morning nap that I’m nearly to take!
My prayer for at present: “Lord, assist me to see the items in entrance of me… as a result of they’re there, if I’ll however simply search for them. Within the moments after I really feel drained, let me select gratitude as a substitute of grumbling. Permit me to wholeheartedly pour myself into the folks you could have put in my path at present relying upon You to offer me the power to hold via and love nicely. Your grace is sufficient and I relaxation in that.”
Kathrynne received to share at two native youth teams this previous week about how foster care has impacted her life. It was such a present to see her stand on stage so confidently and share — and likewise to have her speak about the way it has modified her life for our household to be concerned in fostering.
This Week’s Objectives
We’re leaving for a visit with all of my prolonged household in Gatlinburg, TN on Thursday so I’m solely setting 6 objectives and never setting any enterprise objectives as my large objective this week is to give attention to household time collectively this week and leaving numerous area for respiratory room in my schedule.
1. Get 45,000 steps in.
3. End listening to Dare to Lead.
4. Do pelvic flooring workout routines at the least 4 occasions.
5. Learn 10 pages of A Boy’s War as a household.
6. Learn three chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the infants and Silas.