Surprises for My Birthday!

Surprises for My Birthday!

My in-laws came for a surprise visit on my birthday and the next day, Niki and Zach came to visit for the weekend as my birthday gift. I feel so loved! Personal Bubbles: Justin has a particularly hard time understanding where his body is in relation to others. He also...
One-on-One Time: Zach

One-on-One Time: Zach

Zach has an interest in astronomy so Les took him to the Science Center. (Also free) Les is working with Zach to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. It will be viewable from several states in the U.S. (You can do a search online to see where it...
One-on-One Time: Chris

One-on-One Time: Chris

Chris and I went to the Art Museum. This was the first time we had been here – and just like many of the city’s attractions, it is also free. We spent the majority of our time looking at the Impressionists. As far as Chris was concerned, he thought we were...
One-on-One Time: Justin

One-on-One Time: Justin

Les and I have planned to spend some one-on-one time with each of the boys this summer. We decided to focus our one-on-one time with activities that are of particular interest to each child. There are the obvious benefits with this – kids enjoy special time with...
Botany Field Trip

Botany Field Trip

We spent the day at the botanical garden. (aka: More reasons to come visit us) The big boys have a genuine interest in plants (like me) so we actually spent a good deal of time learning and identifying the plants at the botanical garden. Gabriel and Symeon are still...
Happenings

Happenings

Here are some snippets from our past month: Gabriel at the Park Thank you Maria! I’ve been heavily researching family history. Thank you Maria for sending me this book. It’s the first book I’ve stayed up late reading, in a long time, because it was...
The Unknown is Known

The Unknown is Known

Last semester, Chris asked me if he could get the ancestry.com DNA test kit for himself. Les and I quickly said yes to him. It’s indescribable being involuntarily separated from your birth mom. It’s unfathomable being shifted from home to home without any...
Broken, Useless, and the Need to Forgive

Broken, Useless, and the Need to Forgive

There are too many times where I start running excuses through my mind for why I’m going to skip a church service. The energy it takes just to think about getting all the boys ready and out the door is exhausting, let alone actually getting there. When it comes...
The Newlyweds

The Newlyweds

I had a request yesterday to hear about how Niki and Zach are doing in New York. This is their 4th (out of 5) required internships before they graduate. The finish line is in sight! They are enjoying it for the experience it is. A different lifestyle. Their rent is...
Don’t You Dare Read Page 19 Without Me!

Don’t You Dare Read Page 19 Without Me!

Last semester, one of my big boys asked if he could do the Ancestry DNA test that you see on the tv commercials and look at ancestry.com. He wanted to learn more about his biological family. I told him yes immediately but also told him we’d make it part of...