Thursday, June 6, 2013

Back in Action

I know, I know.

It has been 10 months.


Now that you have recovered from the shock, you can pick yourselves up off the floor and close your gaping mouths. This blogging hiatus is officially over and I am back in action.

Why the disappearing act? Honestly, there just comes a point when you need to disconnect in order to reconnect with what is truly important and I desperately needed to "pull some weeds" so that I could truly focus on and enjoy my beautiful "garden."

The past 10 months have been filled with countless ups, downs and in betweens, accented by many joys, triumphs, struggles, adventures and major medical dramas along the way. I will do my best to fill in the gaps as I work to slowly update the blog. For now, I am happy to report that we are happy, healthy and incredibly blessed.

For those who are wondering how Benjamin and Thomas are doing and how they have transitioned into the family, let me illustrate with a conversation I had with my 8 year-old son Lukas yesterday.

As I was preparing everyone for an afternoon in the pool, Lukas ran up and threw his arms around me. With a wide smile on his face, he looked up at me and declared, "Mom, you are my fifth favorite person!"


I could easily guess who had beaten me out for first and second place. Jacob (his triplet brother and best friend) came solidly in first place. No surprise there. Daddy had come in for a close second. But who could have beaten Mommy out for third AND fourth place? Lukas smiled again and announced that Thomas and Benjamin held those positions in his heart! And, at hearing those words, this mama happily accepted her position of fifth place!

These "babies" are a gift, a blessing, and a treasure to our family. They are loved, cherished and spoiled rotten by every last one of us. In short, they have the entire family wrapped around their crooked, little fingers!

Thank you for your patience with me over the past 10 months. Thank you to those who left comments or sent messages with words of encouragement and concern. Though the process will be slow, I promise to do my best to fill in the gaps and to keep you updated on the ups, downs and in betweens of life and in so doing, I hope to offer encouragement, support and inspiration in the process!

Stay tuned. . . . .


Mary said...

Valerie, Benjamin and Thomas are so blessed to be in your incredible family. Isn't it the easiest, most natural thing in the world, to get little guys with DS wrapped around your finger?? They are just THE BEST KEPT SECRET in the universe!!!
Mary Stolz

Carolina said...

Good to know you're back. And lovely photos!!

MoonDog said...

I miss you!!

Martha Baby said...

I feel so blessed to be able to watch your little family grow and expand into the wonderful "whole" God intended for you. You are amazing,all of you.

Jenny Ramsey said...

I just love you Val. You're wonderful and your family is wonderful and the only thing that is NOT wonderful is that we don't live next door to each other.

Charity Brown said...

Love these pictures!

Jill Pierce said...

WELCOME BACK!!! Can't wait to see you on Sunday. SO grateful we live closeby!

BrendaB said...

Love the pictures! Beautiful! It is wonderful that you took the time to focus on what you felt was important. That's very respectable. Tell your sweet little boys their old friend Josiah is doing great and loving life. Much love! Brenda

Grandma DD said...

I had stopped checking because I knew you were not posting -- and I did miss that contact with you. I can hear your voice in your blogs. Anyway, Maybe weekly?? I've always felt that you can either be taking photos or being in the photos, writing about adventures or being in the adventures, but it is hard to do both well at the same time.