Monday, August 30, 2010

Our Little Rah

Those who know me, know I would never have been caught carrying pompoms, shouting chants or cheering on the sideline. I was the one in the stands wearing the school colors, starting the "wave" with the crowds and spraying cans of silly string throughout the bleachers. However, Megan has definitely turned out to be the cheerleader of the family thus far!

With the lack of anything better to do this summer, Megan decided to try out for the junior tackle football league cheer squad in May. It was either that, or mom and dad were going to make her join swim team. We had made it a family rule that everyone find something productive to do this summer. To our surprise, as she has never had any past cheer experience, Meg made the squad and spent the warm months of vacation learning cheers, stunts and poise. And, she absolutely loves it!

We are all enjoying spending Saturday afternoons watching Megan and her friends cheer on the Rochelle Hubs 6th grade football team. It's been a great way to spend sunny afternoons. More than anything, it's been great to watch our little girl enjoying something as much as she does.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blogging Through the Whirlwind

I'm back to blogging. Why? 'Cuz I need to. 'Cuz I want to. 'Cuz I should. I need to be celebrating all the blessings in our lives. I want to have a record of all the milestones our family achieves and all the fun that happens. I should be doing this so my kids have something to look back on and for others to see what's happening in our lives now.

The past 7 months have been a whirlwind in slow motion. When the boys arrived home unexpectedly while Mike and I tried to help manage relief efforts for Three Angels, life was crazy. In so many ways it seems as if days before me were wild and out of my control. There were so many kids in our house and I was just trying to hold it all together. Yet, on the other hand, time seemed to stand still as we tried to help our dear loved ones down in Haiti live an unimaginable nightmare through the effects of the earthquake.

Seven months later, I can say life has drastically slowed down. The boys are settled into routines, and we all have adjusted to our roles in our new family. We had an incredibly fun summer swimming, playing and getting to know one another better. Now that school is back in session, we are in the swing of busy schedules, but schedules nonetheless. It has been pure joy having our family together as we run through this whirlwind of a life.

It was so wonderful seeing the kids together on the first day of school. It was surreal watching ALL FIVE preparing for such an exciting day. Even more exciting was the fact that I could watch this all happen today; not two years down the road. Our Haitian sons were here with us getting ready for school with their brother and sisters. God has truly blessed us! I am so grateful He brought our boys home to live this wild and crazy whirlwind of a life I am gonna blog about!
First Day of School ~ August 17, 2010
Tim (7th grade), Megan (6th grade), Kate (3rd grade), Daniel (kindergarten) and Jonathan (preschool)