Friday, February 12, 2016

Our Full Little Life

They say the days are long and the years are short. I'm here to tell you that's the truth. We're on year nine of small town living and these long years have added up so fast. It seems as though every minute of our day has an agenda and boy, it is hard to keep up at times!

My little family has grown up right before my eyes (and yours!). I've gotten word that an update is long overdue here. I'm happy to take a few minutes to update you today. I have big (maybe unrealistic) hopes of doing a better job of updating this little space. I truly do miss seeing the words in my head pour out here. 

So, what have we been up to?

God has been so kind and gracious to allow my main squeeze to change jobs this year. He's still teaching and coaching, but he's in a new setting. Overall, he loves it. It's offering him some new challenges that he has been happy to take on, and also brought back some opportunities that he had been missing. The move has been good for him and a benefit to our family as well. 

My tall boy is completing his senior year of high school. He'll be off to college in the mountains in the Fall. We're so excited for him we can hardly stand ourselves. My husband also attended college here, so we have strong ties there already. We can't wait to see what God has planned for this boy.

Riley (also now known as my tall boy) joined Boy Scouts last year. He's in his sophomore year this year. He enjoyed wrestling in the Fall and is now running alongside his brother on their school's track team. Riley's eyes are currently "stable." He has recently been given a new neurological diagnosis. We're awaiting his appointment with the specialists for that now. Until we have more concrete information, I won't share the diagnosis here. He will be going out of state for treatment and are expecting a few months wait before he is seen. We are hopeful that the outcome for this will be positive. Riley has kept a wonderful attitude in all of this. He truly is a trooper. 

Our little sister continues to grow and amaze us with every word. Back in the Summer we were able to locate little sister's older biological sister. We have enjoyed meeting and spending time with her on several occasions and appreciate the bond these girls have despite their 12 year age difference and the 10 hour drive between them. God has been so sweet to us. Little Sister starts soccer in just a few weeks. She is beside herself excited.

I have been busy with life in general. My work has increased to almost full time now. The kids and their activities keep me so busy. I am so thankful to be in this season. It feels good to be busy with a normal life. I've set aside the next two months to be away from Facebook and Instagram. Since Jordan graduates in a few months we have decided to make the next two months memorable by filling our calendar with family time. We're so excited to say "no" to some regular things so that we can say "yes" to some time set aside just for us. Included in that time is our Sunday dinners with our big kids. Our girls continue to come home for dinner each month. It has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. 

This indeed is our full little life.

God is good, all the time!


  1. It's good to "hear your voice" here again, Joy! Yes, the days are long and the years are short. When you start adding grandchildren you'll see the short years grow shorter still. Have fun enjoying time with your family before Tall Boy heads to college.

  2. Great update. Hoping Riley's treatment goes smoothly. I can't believe how big your kids are now. Take care.

  3. Thank you for this update. You are an amazing woman and you have such a heart to serve. Enjoy these months for #1 tall boy, you're sweet spirit will be missed.


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