Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Something Sappy or Random Would Be a Good Title Here
I wonder what life will be like with 3. We never thought our youngest would be 3 1/2 by the time we had another one, always kinda planned on them all being closer in age. So sometimes it's an odd feeling to have had just 2 for this long, but it's been such a blessing. I think the Lord knew we needed the benefits of just 2 children for longer.
I've been working on our album/profile book so I've been scrolling through hundreds (thousands?) of old pictures. Just so thankful for all those memories. I'm so thankful that I've been the one to get to be with them for literally thousands of precious moments and memories. I can't imagine not being the one who got to be there for all those and have them burned in my mind and heart.
Being a SAHM is the best job ever, and definitely the hardest. But so worth it!!! I'm thankful for a husband who has mapped out our finances so carefully and has always wanted to live below our means (even before kids), definitely not above, or even at like so much of our society. It's not easy living off one income, but it's SO worth it. Really, though, it's not that hard. The sacrifices don't even seem like sacrifice compared to what we're getting out of it, and most importantly, our children.
Here's a favorite round of pics I dug up from awhile back. Man, I just can't imagine someone else getting to see what I see all day, every day.
disclaimer: I don't mean that the following is what I see all day :) They used to be practically perfect angels with each other. Now they see each other more as equals since they're both older now and the squabbling sometimes seem endless. But they still have plenty of "moments", and are still best friends.
I'll never forget how Fallyn was always in UTTER. HEAVEN. being near her brother. In these pictures she hung on to his neck for a looooong time, and he just let her stay to her heart's content, fumbling with his toy while she clung to him. Have you ever seen such LOVE in a baby's eyes? Only Calvin got that look--she would've traded us for him any day!
We've had an incredible journey with these 2! I know there is always a sort of grieving that comes when things change, a healthy grieving for once was. Like when we added baby #2, that was the end of life with just 1 baby. Now we're adding #3, and it's the end of the era of the 4-of-us. We are SO excited, though! And nervous!
We can't wait to see these 2 as big siblings to a new one. I think they'll do a great job. They are both ready for someone else to be here, you can just tell. They are getting a bit bored sometimes with just each other :) A third child right now will be a big adjustment, I'm sure, but it's a welcome change! There are many times where I think the 2 of them could use a distraction from each other. :) I'm speaking of those moments where they don't want to be apart from one another, but them being together = SQUABBLING!
Now they'll be able to work together to help the new baby and some of the focus will be off of each other. I can't wait to see the new dynamic of 3 kids play out. Hoping I at least have time to catch up on laundry, though, before the next one arrives! The messes have already piled up so much more (b/c they were already there, already way behind) in the last 3 days!
Back to work on that album... I'd like to get as much done as possible before our instructions for changing our home study from international to domestic arrives, which might be today!