Friday, September 2, 2016

Toomah Ahh-nald

The world has been moving fast since my last post….a beloved father-in-law passed away more suddenly that expected and the grief was overwhelming for all of us – he was the fishing grandpa, the one that came to all the kids events, Sophia especially grieved as a first time of knowing someone well who moved on to heaven.  Has been quite a journey to comfort her and see her processing death. 
We’ve discovered the world of vision therapy too as in looking for answers on why our dear Sophia can’t read, after a summer or tutoring and working so hard, vision therapy has entered our life giving us some newfound hope as she desires so much to read chapter books and dreams of curling up with a book to read.  Breaks my heart as we pursue the unknown to give her the best future knowing very little biological background – many of you adoptive parents know this walk!
Then, Courtney moves to a private Christian boarding school this weekend – the summer has gone fairly well, a relaxed girl with no school pressures is much easier to live with!  So, knowing after last year, we couldn’t survive doing the same thing…..we found a wonderful school nearby that will be the venue to complete her education and give her the support she needs.  Because it is so close – we’ll have regular contact with nice breaks at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring break!  I’m excited as she discovers more about herself and as we see her mature and blossom into a lovely young lady with God in the center of her life.  We reached out and helped her make a healthy family connection to her past – this is a blog in itself, but let’s just say – healing bridges have begun!
The eldest, my wild child – he is so DONE with college, he just wants to work.  So, he found a job that we hope will work into full time after his trial period.  He loves the outdoors and having fun – but launching him into adulthood is not for the weak in our household!  Being parents doesn’t end when they are 18, that I can say for sure….so the guidance and directions given, while not always taken, continue as I pray for God to keep him safe and watch for the when / if he allows God to be a part of his directing life.
Toby my Toby.  Stressed some with school, full load and a few college classes as a senior, continues to work, run cross country and usually be my helping, loving son.  When short on sleep and food – beware!   Proud of the young man he is becoming and how focused on his goals he is. It is a hard course, but his sail is holding steady.  He is such a kind hearted young man.

Love all my kids to the moon and back.
My husband, my rock.  We stand together in the trails that come our way, I couldn’t do this alone, the good Lord knew I needed a strong patient man to help us stay firm in Him.

I myself am heading for a partial nephrectomy – removing a tumor from my kidney, hoping it isn’t cancer, but told 70-80% odds it is.  Hoping and praying we can keep most of the kidney and not have it all removed.  I can live off one kidney – just prefer to have most of the other if possible!  We named it “Toomah Ahh-nald” after Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Swartzeneggar.  So – asta-la-vista Toomah Ahh-nald!  I pray my recouping time restores my body back and allows my soul some down time for me, to gird up for the next challenge that I’m sure awaits out there with my rocks in the washer of life.

 Prayers – always welcome!

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