I love this picture. A whole lot of blessings in this picture!
We had a very productive weekend around here...the kids and I had Thanksgiving at my Aunt and Uncle's place and we got to spend time with my cousins who are off at college now.
After the kids stomped around in the woods with Logan and her boyfriend for a good chunk of the afternoon we headed to the airport to pick up John. It was a pretty exciting moment! On Friday we did Thanksgiving all over again, and later on we had a game night with my cousins when we learned after extensive testing that John is most definitely the weak link when playing Taboo. "Where do you put your dog at night?" Jordan asked, trying to get John to say the word "Crate." "A cage?" He said. "No...like that, though." Jordan responded. "Uh, Storage?!" John shouted.
No, not storage. Not so much. It was hugely entertaining, though.
And now he's back in Florida, which is not so fun, but we did have a really productive weekend. We got the Christmas Tree up as a family, John steam cleaned the carpet while Ava and I did school, we managed to go on two dates sans kids, John and Seth fixed the garbage disposal, and John and I even attended our very first counseling session.
It's a process, but I think we're going about this the right way and it feels good. Step by step, or something. We were both really happy with how our session went, although it went really fast. The kids absolutely loved having John around for five days and he was able to spend some really nice quality time with Jace, which I think they both really needed. Coen started teething recently, so it was awesome to have extra hands to help out when he was more fussy than usual.
So things are good. Viv's birthday is tomorrow and I'm really excited about having a special day with her. I can't believe she's going to be a two year old!
Things are good. We're getting there. Slowly but surely.
Me? My name is Ellyn.
. I love God, my kids, and my family. I also like to read, a lot. And shop. I am creative but not crafty. Also sarcastic, although I would prefer the term witty. I'm also a fan of texting. I'm a huge procrastinator, and I'm almost never on time. I'm doing my best to navigate my life with laughter and grace as it takes several unexpected twists and turns. I have 6 awesome kids.
. Dramatic. Theatric. Operatic. Wants to be an Archaeologist. Currently living life as a musical.
. All green, all the time. Very Brave. Official bug-killer in our house. Wants to be a Knight when he grows up.
Greatly loved, and so, so greatly missed, Eli would be . He was stillborn into our waiting arms and born ALIVE into the arms of our Savior.
Our answered prayer and a miracle in his own right, Seth is . He came early and his list of issues was long, but he has stormed through every difficulty with the grace of God. He was diagnosed as profoundly deaf as an infant, and he received bilateral cochlear implants at 8 months of age. After seeing the character of our son, we say he is PROFOUNDLY SETH.
Evany, , is the fifth piece in our family puzzle. She entertains us all daily and is an immeasurable blessing to our home.
Coen Rhys McCall is and is quickly learning to hold his own with his siblings! He's pretty great.