A Peek Into the Past 3 Weeks

It’s been 3 weeks because I’ve published a news-y household upgrade. If you don’t follow on Instagram, that’s where I constantly share everyday updates on our life — and I share a great deal of things there I don’t have area to share here!

Here’s a peek into the last 3 weeks at our home:

We were cleaning some crossing out the walls and David came by and took a tissue and was cleaning the wall with us! It was among the very first times he’s simulated us like this. We were so ecstatic!

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I will never ever take this for approved. The present of having the ability to hold his hand, enjoy him play, see his smiles, hear his voice, inform him “I love you!” and hear him state, “I love you more and more and more.”

I don’t understand what the future holds for C* or whether our lives will continue to link as he gets older. Some days, that’s actually difficult and I discover myself wishing to safeguard my heart.

Opening up my hands and my heart to state, “I will love you with my whole heart always and ever” is a danger and yet it’s precisely what love is.

To love is to run the risk of. To love is to enter somebody else’s life and state, “even when it’s hard and messy, I choose love.”

I’m so grateful his mother continues to enable us the opportunity of remaining in his life. I’m so grateful that he’s healthy and growing. And I rely on keep advising myself that I can rely on God for his future and not let worry of the unidentified take the happiness these days.

And so, I hold his hand. I check out his eyes. I state “I will always love you”. And I pick to relish this present right here and now. ❤️

*If you’re brand-new here, C was our very first foster positioning. We brought him house as a small preemie from the NICU 4 weeks prior to Kierstyn was born in 2020. He reunified with his mother after 8 1/2 months of being with us. The past 3 years, we’ve had the terrific opportunity of getting to continue to be associated with his life and assist his mother with child care while she works. Right now, we’re enjoying him 2-4 days most weeks. He’s now 3 1/2 and growing! There have actually been lots of ups and downs along the method and this journey has actually looked so various than I ever pictured foster care would appear like, and yet God has actually been so devoted and excellent through everything and I’ve discovered to trust Him like never ever previously.

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Middle school football season is formally here! Silas is playing cornerback and pass receiver this year and having a blast doing it!

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Jesse and I went on a couples’ date night to play laser tag!

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Headed to camp! Kaitlynn and Silas’ school begins with back-to-school over night camp for the week.

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David likes swings!

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Senior Sunrise… we got up at 5 am to sign up with Kaitlynn’s class on the football field to enjoy the daybreak, hope over the senior citizens, and mark the start of the year.

Parents were welcomed and any grownups who are spiritual coaches in the senior’s lives. Micah likewise chose to join us… he awakened ideal prior to we went out the door and made it perfectly clear he didn’t desire us leaving without him.

I’m so ecstatic for you, Kaitlynn, and can’t wait to see what this year holds for you!

There are lots of brand-new things and modifications in your life today, however 2 things will constantly be the very same: we like you more than you can even picture and God enjoys you much more than we do!

Go be your amusing, innovative, thoughtful self and commemorate all the unique things that this next year will hold! ❤️

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We liked getting to commemorate our little good friend’s one-year-old birthday!

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Kaitlynn got a fish at the reasonable and Micah is consumed!

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First day of school!!

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Kaitlynn is playing soccer once again this year and is caring it!

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Soaking up the last couple of days of her summertime break prior to college begins!

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I snapped this photo the other day of me and Silas and am sharing it with his approval: He’s 14. He’s increasingly competitive, taller than me, enthusiastic, positive, and independent… and he’s still a mother’s kid through and through and I like it a lot. I hope he constantly wishes to come sit ideal beside me and lay his head on me.

Mamas: don’t hesitate of your kids maturing. There’s a likelihood they will still require hugs and TLC and wish to socialize with you — and they’ll likewise have the ability to do things like tidy the cooking area, run the laundry, cook supper, and make you laugh till you sob with their amusing stories and amusing returned.

Just a couple of days earlier, Silas got back from a celebration and brought me an ice cream sandwich stating, “They were handing these out and I knew you’d like one. I got it right at the end so it would still be frozen when I got home.”

I genuinely think this parenting gig simply keeps improving and much better.

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And easily, she’s off to college!

We snapped a fast photo in front of our garage door prior to we waved bye-bye and she repelled to this brand-new season of life — with me sporting 8-day hair and the very same attire I’d been using for a day and a half while holding a just-bathed, towel-clad infant.

And in some way, it sort of felt fitting. Because that’s actually the message I hope she takes with her into this brand-new experience: appear as you are.

You will never ever get it all right. You will never ever be best. You will constantly be dropping some balls. But appear anyhow and like well. Your worth is not in your work. Your worth is not in how you look. You are liked for precisely who you are. You don’t require to do more or be somebody various to win our love.

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There was a swelling in my throat however likewise enjoyment in my heart. The previous 18 years were such a present. The next season is likewise a present…

To enjoy her finding offers to equip her refrigerator (She currently got a Kroger card and utilized digital discount coupons!)

To find out about her appearing to the school ministry occasions where she didn’t actually understand anybody and wound up having a fun time and getting in touch with a great deal of individuals

To see her interest as she opened her kitchen and revealed me her start of her stockpile (see pictures listed below)

To observe her making sensible options, setting objectives, preparing for the future, looking for the Lord…

As moms and dads, we’ve constantly stated our objective is to raise grownups not reliant kids. I never ever understood simply how incredible it would be to really see your kid now adulting.

Kathrynne: we are so remarkably pleased with you and can’t wait to see what this year at MTSU holds for you! We likewise like that you selected a school nearby house since you stated you simply couldn’t picture being far from us and wish to have the ability to get back frequently. We like you to the moon and back — ensure to keep in mind to consume sufficient food every day 😆 and go alter the world!

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P.S. For those who missed my stories on Instagram, she’s residing in a rental home Jesse and I purchased and leasing from us. We chose this strategy together as it will conserve her countless dollars compared to what it costs to live on-campus + it offers her more chances to discover and practice real-life abilities.


A news media journalist always on the go, I've been published in major publications including VICE, The Atlantic, and TIME.

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