Friday, October 10, 2008

...And one to grow on...

So much time has gone by since my last post. Its been a crazy time. Simon is growing like a weed - he'll be 8 months old next week! Its amazing to watch him grow. As he masters new tasks and learns new actions he's becoming more and more a part of my entire extended family's life. I also enjoy watching mine & Andrew's growth. A year ago we were concerned about being parents... Concerned is such a gentle word - we were actually scared senseless! A year before that we weren't even married yet!

My growth mostly seems to involve learning to juggle motherhood, wifely duties, and job duties all while maintaining my (somewhat shaky) sanity. There are many times I look at Simon and cannot believe he hasn't always been a part of my life. There are other moments when I look at him and think "this is why people think you're crazy for wanting a houseful of kids". Usually the former thoughts far outweigh the latter! ;-)

Andrew's growth is amazing. He can be a curmudgen - he knows it, I know it, his family knows it, my family knows it - we all accept it. However, sometimes we take exception to his grumpiness. Lately though, he's been gaining ground on turning over a new leaf and shedding the old husk of curmudgenery (ok, I know that's not a word, but its so much fun). My heart just melts when Andrew sits on the couch, exhausted from a long physically difficult day at the garage, with Simon in his lap. They companionably watch the news together. Then Andrew hugs Simon tightly to his chest and plants kisses around his face all while saying "I just love you, little chunky-monkey".

I know we all grow at our own pace, but it seems that lately we're all growing similarly. That's tremendous b/c God knows we need solidarity. We need each other. Most of all we need God!

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