Monday, August 29, 2011

Family

This past week was perfectly uneventful. Sleeping in, snuggling, the occasional errand to run and spontaneous drives to the beach. Being together as a family of three is insanely wonderful.
The weekend was filled with more family time. Benjamin finally got to meet some of his aunt and uncles. We had five of our dear friends fly in from all over the country for a long overdue family reunion. We spent the days sprawled out on St. Pete Beach getting too much sun, teaching people to surf and enjoying Irene's breezy left overs. Nights were just as relaxing complete with toilet paper games and Auntie Bee teaching Ben just how to Dougie.







We are so blessed to have such a wonderful family. Texas was good at that. I'm an only child so my friends have always been my brothers and sisters. Ben's extended family is massive and I'm so grateful for that. 


Girlfriends do a heart good. 

Big man's learning how to sit up, smile big, and carry on conversations with 5 million awesome faces I wish I could capture on film. We will be making some phone calls to set up appointments to check his hearing, see if he needs physical therapy, and do another kind of blood test (more on that later). 
I'm completely convinced Ben is an angel sent straight from above. That mother's heart everybody told me about just swells with pride and affection. We are beyond blessed with this fun little dude. 


I can't believe August is almost over. I'm savoring every moment with my favorite boys. 
Leave me a comment: What have you been up to?

Happy Monday!


Photos courtesy of Auntie Bee :)
   

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Together

As I sit here reminiscing about the previous weeks adventures, my heart leaps with excitement. Micah landed in Asheville, NC on August 9th and he was greeted with lots of open arms, big smiles and "Welcome Home, Daddy" signs. The next few days were spent nestled in the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains, exploring God's creation and enjoying being together. Together... what a wonderful word.
Our blissful third honeymoon in Mexico just came to an end. After our mountain adventure, we spent four days in what I swear Heaven will be like. We needed that vacation. (Ben enjoyed time with his Poppy and Gammy in Atlanta while we were galavanting around paradise.)
Tomorrow we will venture to the lake. More fun in the sun with our dear Greenwald family. We are desperately looking forward to catching up. (And Benjamin can hardly contain his excitement about meeting Ashley's parents, Boot and Papa G, and reuniting with his bff, Cade.)


Alright, now for the heart wrenching news from these past weeks. I always knew Micah was in a dangerous area. Sending the love of your life off to a war zone is not an easy thing to process. The "what if's" can be overwhelming.
Micah never leaves base. Theoretically, that's a good thing. He enjoys his job that allows him play a part of saving lives, and I'm grateful the Lord has blessed him with such an awesome opportunity. My biggest fear from the very beginning was the "what if the enemy shoots at your base" clause. Micah never talked to me about that. He assured me everything was perfectly safe on base.
... The "what if's" can be overwhelming.
Lo and behold, that pesky "what if" was more than a saying. The clause at the end of my thought process became horribly true. What if the enemy shoots at your base, you may ask? Well, all God's children scatter to the nearest bunker and hang tight for the "all clear" over the loud speaker. Close calls happen on an entirely too frequent basis. I could explain more about this, but I'm still in the process of wrapping my mind around what's actually been happening over the last year. Here I thought my husband was way safer than he actually was. Micah's pretty pessimistic. So, yes, it does actually make me feel a lot better hearing him say with complete confidence that, "God's got my back. There's nothing to worry about." But...
...The "what if's" can be overwhelming.


I'm so thankful we have roughly an entire month to enjoy being a family and completely ignore the "what if's." You can bet I'll be filling you in on our happenings.


Love.