Sunday, October 11, 2015

Family Update

So a lot has happened since I was regularly blogging.  We started homeschooling when Sarah started Kindergarten and Elijah was in 3rd grade.  We wanted our kids to have the best education that was individualized from them.  Sarah needed this one on one.  Elijah decided it sounded good to him too. We absolutely love homeschooling.  It has been the right decision for our family on so many levels.

With this in mind, we soon realized that for this stage in life country living was not best.  We decided to start looking for a house in a neighborhood type setting with some amenities(pool, trails, playground, etc).  Also, we wanted to increase Sarah's and Isaac's therapies, but a 30 minute drive one way multiple times a week was not conducive to school time.  We found a neighborhood that we liked, but wanted to build our next home.  Our plans don't always match God's plans.  Through a string of events, one of which included selling our home in just a couple of days on the market, we decided to buy an already built home.  We absolutely love our newest home.  Each of the kids have their own room, a playroom, and 3 full baths.  We are in a community with a pool, walking trails, playground, and the best part is we are now 5 min from therapy!!!

We have met many of our neighbors and are blessed to call them friends.  We have hooked up with one family that have kids close in age as our kids, homeschool, attend our co-op and use the same curriculum we use.  How is that for God working out the small details?  We get together once a week and do school together.  Honestly we see each other daily.  We love doing life with them.  It has been wonderful.

We did increase the kids therapy and they are excelling on many levels.  Sarah is talking up a storm and getting so mature.  She can do so much now.  She is getting independent in dressing, bathing, etc.   She is surprising us daily with new skills.  I am amazed!!!  Isaac is doing great.  He is still not talking but he is signing and making his wants and needs known.  He is now potty trained!!!!!!  I am super happy about that.  He is doing good learning his colors and ABC's.

Elijah has entered into the Middle School age group.  When did he grow up?  He is currently on his first mission trip with the Middle Schoolers.  He loves to go and do.  He is very smart and caring.  Highly over-protective of his siblings and probably knows as much as I do about their various diagnosis and treatments.  He loves the GA bulldogs.  He loves to read and play mindcraft.

I took the plunge into essential oils.  We began several years ago to use them for cognitive boost.  I began to research and found through trial and error that Young Living were the best for my family for so many reasons.  We have been healthier this last year since I started using them for everything.  We still love and see our doctors, but the oils help us maintain and support our health and lifestyle.  I did decide at the end of Feb of this year to start selling the oils to support my oil habit and add a little to our income.  I am really enjoying learning about the oils and the science behind them.

More soon!!!
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

New Beginnings...

Thought I would get back into blogging about our life.  We are a family of 5 who are on a journey of living life to the fullest and following God in whatever direction he takes us!!  Doug and I journeyed alone for many years.  We finally connected on eHarmony and fell in love.  Soon we married.  Doug's job brought us to TN thirteen years ago.  A year later, we welcomed our first born, Elijah.  He was our miracle baby.  Our second child came to us via adoption in 2007.  With Sarah, we began our journey through "Holland",  the journey of Down syndrome.  We learned that "Holland" is a beautiful place and full of blessings.  This led us to adopt Isaac in 2010, who also has an extra chromosome.  This blog will be about our journey as we navigate this beautiful land God has created for us.  Glad you are going to join us and we began again to document the beauty of our lives.

I will start by updating you on each of us over the next week.  Looking forward to sharing our fun and crazy life!!!
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