Well, hello again. Before I start off talking about how long it's been since I was on here last (yet again) let me stop myself and just say this: I now have three kids. Boom.
Whatever time I had before little Boo (that's what we'll call her on here because she was born on Halloween!) joined our family has since disappeared. Vaporized into thin air. Blogging is a thing of the past. I'm grateful for apps like Path and Instagram that still allow me to document little snapshots of my life here and there, at least until I have time once again to sit down and write our life stories.
Have you ever paused and sort of had an outer body experience where all of a sudden you realize you are that person with three kids, 15 (or more) gray hairs, a saggy bottom and say things like "Don't lick your sister"? Well, that happened to me today. Life is sort of funny that way. It sneaks up on you. One day you are young, skinny and carefree and the next day you are understanding what your mother was talking about when she said she was getting saggy eyelids. The craziest thing of all is that my life right now is indescribably more fulfilling than it was back when.
My days now are filled with slobbery kisses from my kids, early morning cartoons to entertain the child who wakes up before the sun, unfolded piles of laundry that were lucky enough just to get washed, dirty dishes in my sink that tell me bellies have been fed, little baby coos and grins from the cutest toothless mouth I've ever seen, games of make believe, tantrums that are quieted by snuggles and Lego towers that are only built to be destroyed (and later stepped on by an unsuspecting mom who tries her hardest not to say any bad words while she bites back the tears).
Admittedly, most days I feel like I am barely keeping my head above water. The house and all my duties in it have sort of taken a backseat. I'm lucky if I can get all three children and myself ready and out the door before 10:00 each morning. However, one thing my mom told me a couple of days after bringing Boo home was that this is the time in my life when I would start to truly recognize the Lord's tender mercies that help me as a mother. She was right (as she always is because she's just awesome like that) and I know that He is mindful of me and has carried me on days when I just felt like I couldn't do it anymore.
We are absolutely smitten by this new little one that has joined our family. With every child I am amazed at how much love my heart is capable of. She is the sweetest little angel and I want so badly to find a pause button to make her stop growing up so fast! Her latest and greatest achievement is learning to laugh. The boys each take turns trying to get some giggles from her and it's just about the cutest thing I've ever seen.
I must end by saying even though my life is crazier with three children than it ever has been before, those three children make all the craziness worth it. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Until next time.
(If I'm not back in a few months, you can probably find me under the piles of laundry!)