These two have a lot to be thankful for, as does our whole family. They are loved on, adored (and extravagantly clothed) by family, friends, teachers, and therapists. Ok, so far the teachers and therapists aren't clothing them, but I say just give it time. But in all seriousness, this year has been nothing if not a huge example of God's providential care for Jonathan, Spencer, Evelyn, and me.
God has always provided for me, and this year it was so overt and obvious that there is no way I could attribute our blessings to anything other than His work through His people. It's nice when He just lays it out there for ya. I'm usually pretty quick to dismiss a lot of His provision as coming from other sources, or even more ridiculously, from myself.
Evelyn has been chatting away the last month and a half, another huge "upper" for which I'm very, very grateful.
After the gratitude lunch at church, I attempted to take some pictures of the kids in the backyard. It was a gorgeous day. The leaves were beautiful, the children were all sugared up; and I could not get them within ten feet of each other. I did, however, get these two pictures where they appear to be running away with almost identical form. It just struck me as funny.
While Evelyn obsessed over getting onto the tricycle, I convinced Spencer to join us. I told him to stand next to her on the tricycle, thinking one of them sitting on something might actually work in my favor.
Evelyn looks so much like my niece that it really is strange. Beautiful runs in the family.
We spent Thanksgiving Day at Gigi and Papa's. All in-town family came, and so did Nana and G-Dad (my in-laws). Which is another thing I'm very thankful for: in-laws who get along with my family and are glad to come to our crazy get togethers. It really makes Thanksgiving nice and as stress free as possible. We see everyone at one time, in one place. As far as holidays go, I've been very spoiled. That's pretty much how we did the holidays when I was growing up too, so it's one life-adjustment I'm not having to make right now. I'll take it.
And, I know he's mine, and I'm biased, but that looks like pretty good form for a not-yet-four-year-old.
Meanwhile, Evelyn gobbled around the backyard. I couldn't stop looking at her in that costume. I don't know why it makes my heart so happy, but it does.
My cousin who kicked the ball around with Spencer was diagnosed with CAS around two. So, it's fun for me to watch them together for a myriad of reasons. Spencer adores Alex, and he is in seventh heaven when someone will do something active and entertaining with him.
One of Alex's friends joined us Thanksgiving day, and he wasted no time jumping in to help entertain my kids--another thing for which I was thankful.
Here is my Mimi holding her third great grandchild. She was thoroughly enjoying herself. Ruby seemed to be enjoying herself too.
My camera died early on during the day, and that was a little disappointing; but we went on to have much eating, chasing of children, and general fun. All of the food was delicious, and Spencer had helped Gigi make the cornbread for the dressing earlier in the week, so that was special. A couple of days before Thanksgiving, Spencer told his SLP that he and Gigi made the cornbread and that I was making the turkey, and it was funny because it was so very not true--another thing for which I was truly grateful.