Overwhelmed

Just a list of things I’m thankful for today…

a reminder of how quickly the time goes…

Listening to Mattie read her short little reading lessons fluently… at long last!
Seeing Jacob understand some of his grammar concepts… also at long last!
Watching our freshly reinstalled bird feeders get busier and busier with our favorite feathered friends.
Healing after ten months for my cracked tailbone and sacral vertebrae.
Finding an old video of Jacob reading a book out loud when he was little.  Such sweetness in that little voice!
Healing via surgery and recovery for Robert’s leg and back.
The joy the kittens have brought to our family.
Hearing Mattie play upstairs with a friend her own age she clicks perfectly with!
Watching Robert find enjoyment in books as he recovers.
Jacob having fun at his first sleepover. 🙂
Our free art class at Carson-Newman.
Robert’s presence at home while he recovers from surgery: company, friendship, understanding in the craziness, help with schooling, family Bible lessons from his perspective, kids’ laughter that he causes.
Planning our nature study fun!
Re-doing fun 6 year old things with Mattie.
Hoodie weather.
Looking through old photos and remembering the memories of Jacob’s six year old year.
My new job. The way it fits me perfectly. The way it can fit our family perfectly. The way God handed it to me.
And my favorite: God truly opening my eyes and heart to a deep-seated understanding of His grace in spite of me… an answer to prayers prayed for many years.

They’re growing up!

Got a few pics of my sunshines together tonight!  
 I’m so happy with how they turned out, I had to show you!
I think the two above are getting framed to go in my kitchen.  🙂
Mattie is 6 1/2, and Jacob is 10 1/2.
And at this point, they’re having more fun than is helpful…

Some Nameless Additions

We have been wanting to let the kids get kittens for a long time.  They both love playing with them every time someone we know has some! (I know, what kid doesn’t?) I don’t have much affection for cats, and actually have been around quite a few nasty ones!  But both of the kids love them.  Robert’s parents had some they needed a home for, so we let the kids each pick one.
But because I was fairly allergic before my allergy shots and Jacob seems to be following in my footsteps, I’ve been afraid they’d fall in love and then we’d have to get rid of them.  I’m still afraid of that!  But we have only rugs (as opposed to installed carpet) and only one upholstered chair (all our other furniture is wood or leather), so we decided there’s no way to know except to try.  The kids know the risks.  I’m just praying we all do fine with them!  I’m also praying that Pepper likes them when she gets home!

Meet Nameless #1 and Nameless #2!
The jury is still out on the names… Lucy, Snowflake (not sure I understand that one!), Sam, Tony, Romp… 
My tenderhearted boy said he thinks this is the best day ever and has teared up more than once with joy. That makes it worth a try!