Our Thanksgiving in central Arkansas was great this year. The twins were the perfect age to have fun running around in the woods, throwing rocks in the lake, and jumping in mud puddles. Baby B got to come with us, and he had a great time too. Our family needed this time to rest and relax and prepare for the Christmas season.
For the twins’ 2nd birthday, our big present to them was a room update. Here are some ‘before’ pictures:
When it was a nursery, we had their two cribs under the “J” and “B” and the changing table under the framed puzzle on the wall. That was the only furniture in the room. When They were around 18 months, we moved them out of their cribs because we knew we would start fostering soon and we didn’t want to have to buy a 3rd crib.
This post is back-dated for March 2019 – I’m perpetually behind on blogging!
We had a great Spring Break this year. I tried to get the twins out of the house as much as possible, so we went out a couple times with friends. They had a blast at the zoo & at the Martin Park Nature Conservancy. We also had the youth come over to play games, and the boys loved getting to hang out with them. Here are a few snapshots from the week:
We stayed in town this Christmas. We weren’t originally planning to, but we had a foster placement so we adjusted our plans. It was definitely the strangest and hardest Christmas we’ve gone through, but we grew so much as a family and all of our friends and family served us and our foster little so well. We felt incredibly blessed, God provided for us in ways that we never could have imagined. It was a crazy start to our foster journey, but we wouldn’t change a thing.
The boys had a lot of fun with the Christmas tree this year, and they loved their presents. The big thing we got them was a hockey set, and they play with it all the time. I also baked gingerbread cookies for the first time, and they turned out really well.
Here are some pictures of our family of 5 during the Christmas season.
This past September, my sister & I took a backpacking trip on the Ozark Highlands Trail. We brought my dog Nike along as our guard dog, along with a can of bear spray. The trail is quite long, so we just hiked the first bit of it. Our original plan was to hike about 12 miles a day, covering 36 miles in total.