I know it has been a while since I updated this blog. There are good reasons...however the biggest reason is that I am just busy with life. Also, as many of you may have noticed if you have been reading this blog...my husband is a much better writer than I! His blog posts have been quite entertaining even for me and I usually get to talk with him at least briefly, once a day. If you have been reading them, you may have discerned that he has settled into a groove and is making the most of his "sabbatical." He has been doing an amazing amount of reading (non-professional type stuff). In fact, for 3 days in a row, he sent me copies of books for my Kindle that I was to read. I tried to explain to him, that I was not having 12 or more hours a day to devote to reading pleasure material and I was going to need a little time! I have read 2 out of the 3...hence why I have not been blogging!
He is also having a really intense spiritual retreat so to speak. It has been so neat to see how God is allowing this time to be incredibly fruitful in his life...and I know that he will be an even better husband, father and more godly man because of it. For that I am thankful!
I have also had some precious visits from dear friends. Karen Fergason and 4 of her 6 children made the drive from San Antonio to spend a few days with us. We had lots of fun, drank coffee, let the kids stay up late, and we (or at least I) did more talking than I have done in a long time. Karen and I have been through many ups and downs over the past 8 years as we have added children to our families, fostered, she adopted, our husbands are in similar fields of work, and we have home schooled together for 8 years as well. When they left, I realized how thirsty my children have been for their long time comfortable friends...and me too!
All the kids at Fort Maurpas Park (a favorite place of ours)
We popped our head in the Hard Rock (it has one of the only Starbucks in a 50 mile radius around here!)
Lovelace Drugstore...we got the kids ice cream at 10:00 am! That is how much fun we were having!
The other side of the ice cream counter.
A few days later, I had another visit from a dear lady who has spent many years mentoring me over coffee and soup at some of our favorite places in San Antonio. Darcie Newton has been so willing to make time for me and my family in the midst of balancing her own 8 children and their families. I was so appreciative to have her in my home (of course Lily was super sick and cranky, Logan was at his worst, and it rained much of the time she was here). Through it all, she was able to gently share some areas I could work on as a mother and wife, encourage me, pray with me and my children, and keep reminding me of the truths of our God!
Lauren was not here for Darcie's visit because my parent's had taken her back to Tucson to go to Mexico and see some whales! For many years, my parents have taken friends and families to see the whales as they migrate around Baja Mexico. Several of the grandchildren have gone as well. This year it was Lauren's turn! They also set up a medical clinic for the people of Mexico and Lauren got to play with the children as they waited to be seen by the doctors and dentists. The whales are so gentle and come right up to the boat so you can touch them. At the same time they are so powerful!
Grandma, Aunt Cathy, Lauren and Papa Wally
March was a full month...It was also the month when we decided that I would move back to Texas with the children!!! I will blog next time more about the decision and maybe John will too!