"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."


Some photos of the kids....

Here is Nicholas, 2 (3 next weekend)

Here is Valerie, 2 and the only one with the curls

Here is Olivia, 7 and missing teeth!

Here is Seth, soon-to-be 6

I have finally joined the digital camera world....yeehaw!! I've been playing around with my Nikon D50 and just uploaded some pictures to the computer. How can I not showcase the kiddies? :)

The weather here has been absolutely beautiful! Not a cloud in the sky, cool and crisp mornings/nights and no humidity. That's my favorite part. lol. I have tomorrow off at work, it's President's Day. woohoo! Of course, the day will be filled with laundry, cleaning house, etc...but the older kids will be in school so it will just be me, Gabriel and the little ones. Nicholas has his speech therapy evaluation with the school district as well. He's been in the early childhood intervention program for the past year, but now that he's turning 3 his options are the school district (which is free since we pay school taxes) or private speech therapy. My insurance won't cover his therapy sessions, so unfortunately that is not an option for us. It's just too expensive since they want to see him 3x a week, at $150 per session. But, he's coming around and we are able to understand him most of the time. I'm thinking the school district therapy will be adequate and give him time to develop before he starts Kindergarten.

We also added a new family member, the paw kind. Here's Harlo. He's a poodle we found at a local poodle shelter. We lost our other dog, Otis. He sadly was taken after he escaped from our back yard. It was hard on everyone. They've been wanting another dog and we thought it was time. We went with a smaller dog this time, he's an inside dog and we thought we wouldn't have trouble with him digging out. Plus, Gabriel had a poodle growing up so he was all for another one. So far, he's a perfect fit to our family. He's 3yo, house and leash trained and has the best temperment. He is a sweet dog and the kids have been in heaven since he came home with us.


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