Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We're still here

Ah, yes, in case there is anyone out there still reading....

We are still here.

We have been in the midst of the most difficult decision-making time of our lives. As we wrestle back and forth, we just got some sad, difficult news about the twins' sister's health status. Oh, the reality of life in Ethiopia. So we pray some more.

But, life goes on and the twins are now in pre-Kindergarten and loving it so far. That means a couple of days a week, all the kids are out of the house. Wow, I got to go to Panera Bread with a group of friends while the kids were in school and I couldn't believe how relaxed I felt. I had no idea how busy and overwhelming it really has been around here, until I got a couple hours to myself.

Also, another feat. I am now walking again with a dear friend. The twins both learned how to ride a bike without training wheels, so they have been riding for 3 miles, while my friend and I walk and talk. Good thing, because the double stroller I have is a major workout for my arms, and I'd hate to get too buff....


For a while, they refused to put on their Ethiopian garb.
Finally, they were ready to take some pictures,
although apparently only corny ones.



Labor day weekend, the weather was absolutely glorious. Grand Haven is always one of my favorite spots, and as long as there is ice cream involved, the kids are pretty happy, too.

School days.

CJ leaves before everyone else, since he is in middle school.

18 comments:

Jen said...

Keeping you in our prayers.

Rebecca said...

We'll continue to pray for you guys. I can't imagine how difficult this situation is.

On another note, the kiddos are so cute! (ALL of them!)

Amber said...

I continue to pray for your family. I love having an update on what you have been up to. Try to have more time for yourself when possible for your sanity!

jillybean1023 said...

Smart idea with the school signs. I can never remember anything so that would be a good idea for me. Still praying for you guys!

The Albertsons said...

OOOOh! Everyone is so gorgeous! What beautiful children you have :).
We love you guys and are still praying. Let me know if I can pray specifically for anything. Just email me.
love
becca

kikstra said...

Still praying! Love the pictures!

The Six of Us said...

May God give you peace in your decision and wisdom in how to make it. You are on my list of blogs and I pray for your decision each time it opens. I don't know you, but I can only imagine your struggles. We will pray for her health and God's Will.

Your twins are ADORABLE by the way. What smiles!

Denise said...

Yeah, your decision is a big one not to be made quickly, that's for sure. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for the update on your family!

atHisrighthand said...

Thank you for updating. I have been checking all of the time.. I will pray for you! ARe you coming to the prayer get together on the 25th?
Well girl, you are definately on my mind!
Elise

coffeemom said...

Still praying for you all. It's gonna be ok. I know it. No matter what. Praying and loving seeing the pics. You ARE a beautiful family!

love M

Holly said...

Still reading, looking, and praying! B has a myriad of health issues, so if there's anything I might be able to help you think about, let me know!

All your kids are so beautiful!

The Roberts Family said...

Awwww ... love this post and the pictures are fabulous, as always. Continuing to pray for you, dear sister. Much, much love!!~ Shelly

Rhea Anne said...

So glad you gave an update. Praying for your decision. Your kids are so sweet.

Wolfemom said...

I will pray for you all! This cannot be an easy thing to process and yet it is reality for so many in Ethiopia. Tough stuff for sure.

BTW- loved the picture with all the kids... they're BEAUTIFUL!

~Laura~ said...

Praying for you guys and for the twins sister. I can't imagine how hard this must be.

Could your kids be any cuter? Precious!

Amber said...

hello. praying that your little one grows in health. Our God is able. nice to meet you and your blog.

I WOULD GATHER CHILDREN said...

still thinking and praying over here for you...the kiddos look just adorable!
All for Him,
jen in mi

Andrea said...

I bought Addison the exact same dress while there! She's got a few more months to grow into it though. It's so awesome to see all these beautiful children SO happy!!