I realized it’s been a whole year since I posted a public blog.
And what a year it has been!
Full of so much. New baby, new home, new pathways we never expected. Some great times and scary, sad times. Through it all, we just keep living and pushing forward. Sometimes, all you can do is try.
Stephen arrived with little fanfare. It was a trying pregnancy. Full of shots (over 400) and monthly ultrasounds. And then one day, just like that, he came rushing into the world. He’s healthy and strong and as big as an Ox. Well, nearly. He turns 8 months on Thursday and is already tipping the scales at 22 pounds. He’s joyous, mellow and has brought so much light to our home. I never imagined more children. And now I can’t imagine life without him.
Xavier is a freshman in High School. He chose to go back to public school. It has been better than our wildest expectations! He’s on student council, FFA, lightman for the fall production and still pushing forward on his Eagle Scout goals. Grades are good, friends are plenty and he has even realized that girls may not be simply annoying.
Ziva still recognizes the most simple beauties in life. The tiny bugs, the colorful pebble, the flowers and every bird in the sky. She reminds me to slow down and be in the moment. Her reading has improved greatly and she loves math! Her sass and creativity keeps us all on our toes.
Zoe is getting her own post. But her spirit drives me. She is the strongest person I have ever met. Kind, loving and always thinking of someone other than herself. She’s inspiring to so many. I’m proud she’s my daughter.
The farm is farming. No garden this year to speak of. We have some beets, greens and herbs out front. We cut back on animals and breeding. Trying to keep everything alive while making constant hospital trips has proven difficult. So we are being still right now as everything else works it way through. I did do some canning, despite swearing it off for a year. No matter where we go, we can always take a jar of “home” with us.
I hope this update finds you all healthy and well.
All our love,
Patty and the Brat Pack
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