Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Very Late Month 5 Update...

We're baaaccckkk.......

....after a long blogging hiatus.

The past couple months have brought big changes in our home (for the better!) and now I feel ready to share thoughts as we continue this journey.  Our family has had a lot of questions about how we "do" certain things in life with a larger family and a child having huge emotional adjustments and breakdowns.  I plan to answer many of those questions soon. 

First, let's catch up on our monthly updates.  December 16 marked 5 months as a family of 7.  Here are some highlights from month 5:

We took our first long family vacation.  Tomorrow's post will point out some steps we took with our oldest boy to make the vacation less traumatic.

Our trip took us to North Carolina and Tennessee.  In North Carolina, we were blessed to be able to stay at my parents' cabin.  We explored waterfalls.....

...relaxed at the cabin (we love the back porch along the creek)....

...found more waterfalls....

...took the kids mining for treasures....
....and parked at a ski resort where they were making snow.  Even though the snow was not "real", Yohannes and Paulos had never seen anything like it.  The employees let us throw snowballs and make angels in a small area at the base of the mountain.

We had fun watching movies and playing together (I love these pajamas).

After a few days we traveled to our friends' home, the Turner family, in Tennessee.  All the kids rode their horses...

...and even had their first motorcycle ride, courtesy of a neighbor.  This especially thrilled Paulos, who is a little motorcycle obsessed.

After our vacation, we were blessed AGAIN by sweet friends who gave all 7 of us tickets to Universal Studios in Orlando!  Our new family members rode their first roller coasters and saw their first parade.  What a fun day!
One of the most exciting things about month 5 for Yohannes and Easton was testing for new belts in karate.  Yohannes received his yellow belt with a white stripe...

...and Easton earned his purple belt.  They were proud boys!

The time came to decorate for Christmas, my favorite time of the year!  Wow!  Watching the boys' faces as we put up all the decorations was fun.  They exclaimed over each and every light, tree, and activity.  We had to scale back our activities in a major way this year, but having extra children added more joy.  There were 7 stockings hanging on the fireplace and it the sight warmed my heart.
Paulos participated in his first school program.  Isn't he handsome in this picture?  He was proud of his new outfit and kept repeating he looked "nice".  
Yohannes, Easton, and Alana were also in a school program for their "Friday school", the Academy at a church we attend one day a week for elective classes like art, P.E., choir, and drama.  All three looked sharp (and beautiful- for Alana).

Month 5 began a very slow climb up for our family.  It's still "3 steps forward, 2 steps back", but we began learning how to work together a little bit better.
"Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward(A) from him.
4 Like arrows(B) in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.(C")

    - Psalm 127:3-5a


  1. OH Dawn, you are always in my prayers as God brings you to mind. Thankful for those steps forward you are seeing!

  2. I can't wait to hear what's worked for you guys!


  3. Amen and Amen!!! Thank you for the long-awaited update, Friend!! You are out of sight, but definitely not out of prayers!