A lot has happened in the week and a half since my last post. Owen had his first play date with a MOPS friend, Maci, a week ago Thursday. These two are buddies at church so it was nice to invite Maci and her mom over to play outside of church. This was Owen’s first play date with a “girl” friend since most of his cousins are boys. I was a little nervous that they wouldn’t find anything to do, but that wasn’t the case. They played with everything in the house for about 15 seconds before moving on to find something new. It was a whirlwind, but definitely worth it!
Last Friday, Graham got his second haircut. I am cheap and haircuts are drama with my boys. This combination leads to me being pretty lax when it comes to keeping a schedule for haircuts. Graham’s hair was almost in his eyes, so it seemed like time. I am happy to report that this haircut went better than the first one, but it did still have its fair share of unhappiness. The lady cutting his hair gave Graham her phone and let him watch Daniel Tiger so in the end it was Daniel Tiger for the win. Graham is once again looking dapper.
Saturday was a super exciting day. There was a model train show at the WA State Fairgrounds. Owen and my nephew, Nolan, love trains so we decided to take the three year olds on an adventure while the one year olds stayed home with Nana & Papa. It was nice to hang out with Nate & Beckie and catch up with them. Owen & Nolan had a blast spending the day together. The highlight for the boys was probably taking a ride around the track on a miniature Thomas train. They were fascinated with all the model trains and I was a little worried that leaving the train show would result in massive meltdowns. Luckily we grabbed some awesome catalogs that the boys took as souvenirs and they happily said good bye to the train show. They flipped through their catalogs as we took of for lunch. It was a special day getting to spend time with the older boys and make a fun memory for them. We are still talking about the epic model train show and Owen wants to go back – every single day!
Truthfully, I can’t remember if it was Sunday or Monday, but Owen got a haircut from Nana. Owen also used to be a screamer when it came to haircuts so we started just giving him buzz cuts at home. We’ve discovered that he likes to sit in the highchair and look at himself in the mirror in the hutch. He will happily let Nana cut his hair under these circumstances. It might be strange, but whatever works, right?
Tuesday was our MOPS outing to a local fire station. Owen was so excited to see an ambulance. He got to sit a fire truck twice, once in the front seat and once in the back. He got to go into two different ambulances. It was heaven for a toddler boy. Maci was also there and she and Owen ran around the fire station hand in hand. They are the sweetest things! Graham enjoyed the fire station but if you let him down at all he took off running, looking for unsafe things to get into and play with.
Tuesday was also the big haircut day for me. Jeremy is the only one of us that didn’t get a haircut this week! I’ve been growing my hair out for about 2 years. It’s been super easy having it long during these baby days. However, I reached a point where it was driving me a bit crazy. I had split ends upon split ends and it was getting knotted badly every day. I was super excited to chop it off and go back to my shoulder length style. I loved having it long and I might be tempted to grow it out again, but for now I am very happy to less hair to deal with!
Sorry for the long update! There is just so much to share! Let’s move on to the house. We’ve had four showings in the last week. Two of those showings were to the same person. It’s been exciting to see interest in the house and it makes me hopeful that we could see an offer soon. The house situation continues to be the thing that weighs on my soul. God and I spend a great deal of time talking about it. Prayer is my only answer. It’s the only thing I know to do. I was reading my devotional yesterday and the perfect quote about prayer found me. “I feel powerless, and prayer reminds me that I may be powerless, but there is power, and the one who holds the power is good.” (Shauna Niequist, Savor) I read that and thought it perfectly summed up my life right now. I feel powerless and yet I know the one who holds the power and he is good. I am trusting God through every up and down. Through every emotion. He is with me. He is for me. I will keep praying. I will keeping trusting. Our stories never turn out the way we expect, but I know that in the long run, it will be okay.
The last part of my update is about Graham. He had his 15 month well check yesterday. He is still below the charts when it comes to height. Poor shorty pants. He was over 20lbs at this visit so that felt like a victory! Because he is growing proportionately, the doctor didn’t seem too concerned about his height at this point. She did come math and said that he would most likely grow up to be 5’9 but still has the potential to reach 6ft. Graham got four shots and a finger prick. He screamed through the entire appointment. Bless his heart. He still isn’t quite himself today. Poor kid. Overall, though, he is healthy and a smart and right on track for his age. I am grateful that his next appointment only has one shot and then he doesn’t need until he is four. We are almost in the clear! Hooray!
As I reflect on the last week or so, I am grateful for the opportunities that we’ve had. Our family has enjoyed some special outings and spent time with people we love and care about. I am blessed. I took some time to journal about my blessings on Wednesday and I am grateful for the reminder that life is sweet and beautiful even in the struggle and the mess. I am thankful and hopeful. Even when I get tired and weary, I know that God is good and that is all I need.