So, it’s been a while. Every time I’ve thought about posting lately, life sends another curve ball, so I’m a little hesitant to start today.
I hardly even remember where things were when I last posted; so much has happened. Gloriana is now over 1. Poor kid didn’t really have her birthday recognized much, but she is only one. She’s practically running now. She talks a little, signs please, and is starting to eat everything under the sun, thanks to me needing to wean her. Weaning has actually gone pretty well. There have been rough spots, and I’m still lost about what to do at night, but over all, she’s happier and easier to deal with. I’m shocked actually. Potty training is sorta kinda happening. It’s been months since I’ve had to clean a poop diaper, and it’s starting to be a combination of me and Sam being able to read her cues, and her actually coming to us looking worried. 😆 She is a climber. Far more so that Ryan was. That has me simultaneously worried, proud, and thankful for her typically cautious behavior.
Ryan is Ryan. He’s helpful, loud, annoying, and wit’s-end-frustrating. He loves playing with Gloriana, which is generally wonderful. But we’re having to work on giving her personal space, and not just barging in and bowling her over. Also working on watching where he’s walking, not talking back, being polite and nice, and using common sense. None of that seems to be going very well lately, but I have to cling to the hope that progress will show up eventually. He is starting to learn the alphabet. I’m still trying to figure out how he’s going to learn best. We’ve been working on catechism, but sometimes he refuses to even try. So, with his letters, I decided not to push him. I’ve been printing out coloring pages focusing on a single letter, explaining what it is, and showing him how to draw it. He loves A, and points them out everywhere now. Today was our first day on B, and he just wanted to draw A’s. 😛
That’s a quick update on the kids. Pregnancy is going surprisingly well for me, though the normal first trimester exhaustion seems to have hit me more in the second trimester. Still, after a miscarriage scare about a month and a half ago, things are going very well. We had to go in for a second ultrasound a couple weeks ago, and we asked, despite it still being pretty early, if they could tell the gender. It was very obvious, which clearly means we’re having a boy. 🙂 Surprisingly enough, I actually think we may already have a name picked out! We never have names picked out all the way until after they’re born, so this is quite the accomplishment, and we certainly won’t be sharing because it’s still far too subject to change. 😀
And that’s most of the news I have. We have put offers in on two properties (and looked at many more) so far, but they were both refused, so we’re back to desperately looking. Our evenings are spent pining for a back yard to let the kids play in, and not wanting to go anywhere to let the run. Lord willing, we’ll have a place in plenty of time to settle in before the baby comes. It’s getting scary close to when that won’t really be possible though. Prayers on that front would be most appreciated.
I could go into some of the thoughts that are occupying my mind lately: What does a Biblical role of firstborn son look like in our modern society? How do we train Ryan to whatever that is? How do we form community in modern society? I understand the agricultural one I moved away from more than the one I moved to, but I think that’s my issue – not the community’s. How do I learn to accept all that a community is supposed to be? Will my kids every know how to raise animals? Will I ever have a garden? If I do, will it actually produce anything? If it does, will I preserve the produce as well as I ought? How do we balance the priorities of marriage, family, church, and community? What should I fix for dinner tonight? Will I ever get around to cleaning the bathroom? 🙄 But I figured I’d just move on past all those, and get to a little peace and quiet in the form of vacation:
Below are really the only good pictures I got from our much-needed family vacation to Kentucky. We went to see the Ark Encounter, but none of the pictures came out. Sam, Gloriana, and I were sick the whole time, but we all still had a great time hanging out at the gorgeous house, swimming, playing games, and eating food! I need another vacation…