Our family recently went through some of the most difficult days we’ve had as a family. I’m not going to go into the details (because of my No Fresh Blood on the Walls Policy.) I have many stories that I plan to tell one day. Time and perspective are great healers. For instance, the story about the Infamous Blackberry Fight was not funny when it happened. Now? It is one of my favorites.
And now, let me just clear a few things up:
- No one died.
- No one had an affair.
- We aren’t getting divorced.
Did I cover all the biggies? Good.
So, this space has been silent because I have been beyond busy. Out of the nine children living at home, one is an adult with a full-time job and the other eight go to five (yes, FIVE) different schools. I also homeschool Apollo. Our son with autism has ABA therapy five days a week, my husband works out of town, and, oh, I own my own business.
I wrote the post Practical Ways to Help Foster and Adoptive Families last year but now I have a new item to add to the list. Recently some friends who knew we were struggling dropped by our house with groceries from Costco. There was everything from granola bars and fresh fruit, to pre-made salad and frozen lasagna. I cannot even express how helpful this was. Grocery shopping was on my list but between phones calls and appointments I just kept putting it off. This amazing blessing not only offered premade meals, but it also meant that my kids had snacks and easy to prepare food for when I was out of the house. It was amazing!
But, enough about that. How about some photos?
A few weeks ago our little homeschool troop met up at a local park with a bike trail. We spotted this a couple of weeks before while on a walk through the park and I promised Apollo and Mordecai I would take them back to the Whatcom Falls Pumptrack.
Our family loves bike riding, but the unfortunate reality is we live in a hilly valley on a narrow road which makes bike riding from our house risky. In addition, we have no way of hauling 10 plus bikes around to bike at a different location. So we don’t go biking nearly as much as we would like.
I can’t even tell you how much I love our little homeschool group. These kids are awesome and our meet-ups are often the highlight of my week.
Apollo is just slightly too big for his current bike…and just a smidge too small for the next size up.
I told Danielle this was a portrait of motherhood if I ever saw one…
Mordecai loved the challenge of the bike track!
I tried to do some panning, but obviously, I need a lot more practice.
We, of course, couldn’t manage an adventure like this without a few minor injuries.
Watching this scene from a distance cracked me up. You might be a homeschooler if you bring along the Deathstar, your art project, and a book you’re writing, for a picnic and bike ride in the park…
So, my friends, hopefully, things have settled down enough for me to resume my regular blogging schedule. If not, please, send in reinforcements.