Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Day History Changed

As usual I am way behind, so here's recap of March, April, May, June and July.

 In April we welcomed two grandchildren!   Emelyn was born first.  She is a sweet, smiley little girl.

Eight days later we welcome Judah.  He is a happy little guy who looks just like his daddy.

We had nearly given up on having any snow this winter and then it happened!  We took full advantage of it.  Sledding and snowball fights and just playing outside in it.  For kids who previously thought they would freeze to death when the thermometer went down to 60 they have learned to embrace the cold and snow.

One project we worked on for school was making marble mazes out of Lego blocks.  I'm not sure who made which one now, but it was fun.

In March we celebrated Andrew's 8th birthday.  Hard to believe our "baby" is that old.  He is "wearing" his favorite gift.  An Angry Birds hooded blanket.
We also had to have the traditional Easter egg hunt.  They may be getting older, but they still begged to hunt eggs.  Maybe it was the fact that last year there was money in the eggs?  They found a little money in their eggs this year too. :)

Everyone played baseball this year.  We spent many hours driving to practices and games.  They all enjoyed it and want to play again next year.  Maicol is actually going to play again this fall.  He is the one that lives and breathes baseball.  He even spent his savings and birthday money on catchers gear.  Initially he loved soccer, but now he thinks it is "dumb".  They still spend many hours in the backyard playing with each other and the neighbor kids.

I found this recently on the sidewalk in front of our house.  It was hard to get it all in the picture, but it says "Mom I Love You.  It was a message from Andrew.
We took the month of June and part of July off from school.  The boys were excited (NOT) to start again this Wednesday.  While it was nice not to plan school everyday, they do  not do well without structure and so we decided we needed to get back to routine. 
Two of my nephews came for a visit last week.  That's a lot of boys in one house!  They had a good time together.  Juan Pablo is already asking when they can come back. 

Today is an anniversary of sorts.  The day history changed for our family and three little boys. This was the day 6 years ago that a committee of people in Colombia met and "assigned" us our sons.  I always thought using the term assignment when referring to the referral of our children was kind of interesting.  I tend to think of an assignment as something that might not necessarily be fun, but something that you must complete. We have said many times it's like the famous Mission Impossible quote "this is your assignment, should you choose to accept it".  And accept it we did. :) I think we would both say that many times it isn't "fun".  But how many things that are only fun offer such great rewards?  We have been blessed with three sons that are rapidly growing into three young men.  There are many times that they make us crazy, but there are so many times that are wonderful.  They keep us active, they challenge us, they stretch our patience and they love us even when we make mistakes.  What a privilege to watch them learn about so many new things, celebrate birthdays and holidays, teach them to read, watch them grow physically, see them understand the permanence of a family and introduce them to Jesus.   We are blessed.