Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dinner Date

I will try to get pictures up sooooon.... But the other night Ben took Molly out for valentines day and the boys took me out. It was just dessert at the bare family cafe at the end of our street but it was very very sweet! Thy payed for our cones with money from their wallets. They opened the doors for me and Brennan even pulled out my chair. Here was our dessert conversation:
KNOX:
What are you going to be when you grow up?
A farmer
Where are you going to live?
In a barn in Alabama close to nana and papa
What are your favorite foods?
Tomatoes, apples, and yogurt
What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Ride my bike
What is your favorite toy?
My blocks
Who do you enjoy spending time with?
Daddy and papa
Who are you going to marry when you grow up?
Molly
What is your favorite color?
Pink
What are you going to drive?
A red jeep

BRENNAN:
What are you going to be when you grow up?
A. Builder
Where are you going to live?
In a house I built in Africa
Who are is going to be your wife?
Gabby
What are your favorite foods?
Corn,bananas, and chocolate
What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Dig in the dirt
What is yourfavorite toy?
My Legos
Who do you enjoy spending time with the most?
Gabby
What is your favorite color?
Gold
What are you going to drive when you grow up?
An orange tow truck with green and gold and black on it

...so for the record...there it is fellas. I'm sure you're going to get a kick out of that one day!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

This Certain Sweetness

Have you ever imagined life without you? I have always loved watching 'Its a Wonderful Life' each Christmas. You know the part when James Stewart kisses the broken staircase post? That is the sweetness I am talking about.

Before we left for Paris (and we have a Mexico wedding in March) we decided it would be wise to write a will. (And my mom said she wouldn't keep our kids unless i did!) So we knew we needed to for many months, but waited until the last minute to write it. So the day before we left in a large airplane to cross the ocean and be away from our kids for seven days, we signed all the legal documents. We walked through who would 'get' our kids. Where they would be raised, go to school, LIVE without us...if we didn't live. Not an easy task and very disturbing to the soul and therefore testing my soul to the highest degree before the Lord. Did i trust HIm to do what is for my ultimate best and also our children? I had to. 

Needless to say when we touched down in Nashville eight days later I wanted to hug our pilot who flew us back! And sing at the top of my lungs God Bless America!! 
...AND...
those little rascals that make my life miserable and overwhelming were the sweetest little things I have ever laid eyes on!!! Each day of caring for them is precious, priceless, and an amazing privilege. I know what you may be thinking...That will wear off and you will get tired again and complain again..You are probably right. I probably will. But i feel like i was handed and unwrappable gift. The gift of a thousand tomorrows. That raising these three yahoos and knowing the "highs and lows" of each day for each kid. Hearing Molly learn to say I love you, watching Knox write his name for the first time. Listen to Brennan read his first list of -at words, is a gift I don't want to complain about, and that facing my fear of not coming home gave me joy for today...

Today's little joy: Being alive to raise my kids

Sunday, February 3, 2013

im back!

I have considered my reasons and decided to start this blog back up. I have had it set to 'private' for a long time now and only those of you who really tried have kept up with me through this blog.

And for those of you who haven't been here before- welcome. If you are really ambitious  and have missed out on the recent years of my life want to read about my crazy life take a scan back through old posts...

But I am hoping to start this back up for a couple of reasons:
1.) To keep a digital track of what these days are like for our family 2.) To journal, reflect and maybe even process on paper (or computer screen) things I am learning 3.) And finally to hopefully encourage you, the reader, with glimpses of joy, glimpses of chaos, and glimpses of grace in my journey of wifehood, motherhood, and well just plain ole adulthood.

So to start off a quick glimpse into 2013.
Brennan is four...FOUR yay! All those mamas who are sad about growing up I could probably learn a lesson from, but each year our children gain a little more independence of me it is exciting. I couldn't wait for them to learn to crawl, to walk, to talk, to feed themselves, dress themselves, take themselves to potty or wash their own hands...BIG milestones in the Finch house.
He can now do all of the above.

Knox is three. It is the most amazing thing to watch the little boy he has progressed into just after the third birthday. I was thinking this morning its like Christ...two days (years) in the grave and now on the third he is ALIVE. sounds crazy but there have been many days I felt like I was in the grave during the first two years of his life.  Through the prayers and hard work of not just family, but some amazing friends we are seeing a lot of beauty in his little passionate soul!

And little Miss Molly is almost TWO. Hooray! Time to get a little more agressive about potty training :) and I am joyfully watching her feed herself, speak words and interact with her brothers. Full of her own passion I look into parenting her with less glum and more fieceness after watching Knox turn three.

Ben and I just returned from Paris, France. So many people follow along on his blog that if there is anyone that didn't know that I would be surprised. Our life seems so public as everywhere I go in this small town people know me, our kids, Ben, and a lot of our business because of his blog. If you havent stumbled on it yet, check it out at http://finchphoto.com/blog/.

Our house is for sale and we are embracing life with open arms as we wander into the future sight unseen.

Today everything has a certain sweetness that it hasn't had in a while..and I think I know why. Stay tuned to learn more!

Today's Little Joy: All three kids piled up in our bed before the sun came up..looking out the window to see ginormous snowflakes falling.