Mutterings from one lady trying to navigate marriage, motherhood, and life raising a special needs child...seeking to show 3 amazing kids Jesus while failing each day, but reassured with grace and mercy I'm right where The Creator wants me...
We left Friday for a quick 3 day vacation...our first in 4 years! The kids were pumped for "camping" in cabins at General Butler State Park in Carrollton Kentucky. The Freeland side of the family (my mom's side) started this tradition about 20 years ago for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. Every summer we all meet down there to swim, boat, play games, eat, take walks, ride bikes, golf, etc for a few days. We've had a break for several years as my grandpa hadn't been in good enough shape to travel. So, this was our first year back at it, and, we're reserved for next year as well. Our family also stopped at the Creation Museum on our way back. all packed and ready to go Grandma Ellen, Aunt Sarah, Papaw Dave, and the kiddos all set to drive
Adelynne passed out before leaving Plainfield
We stopped at Not Just Popcorn on our way...over 200 flavors
My baby is 2!!!!! That's right, our third and final child is 2 years-old today. For me that thought is crazy in a few ways, one of my thoughts is, if my third child is 2, how old does that make my other 2? And, then I think, where in the world did these kids come from and why are they calling me mom?
Well, back to my original thought,
Nolan buggie has been with us for 2 years now, and what a 2 years it has been. This kid is a literal light to all he comes in contact with. Children and adults who come across Nolan are drawn to him. He's such a sweet spirit with a magnetic personality...it's so neat to see others interact with him. He truly is the definition of joy. Nolan is joy, he has joy, he brings so much of it. When I hold him and love on him I think about how sad I would be without him. He's the last piece of the puzzle that fits into our family perfectly...most days even, he's the glue that holds us all together...me together. In his short life, I've cried more than I ever have, have never had more fear and doubt...in his short life, he's been to more doctors I can count, has developed awesome relationships with his 3 therapists, has had 4 surgeries (with one being planned as we speak), and has fought tooth and nail for every single milestone he's achieved. But, along with that, the happy times he's brought us, quite frankly, make me forgot about all the bad. It's pure joy for me to watch him toddle around our house, make messes of cocoa mix and eggs from the trash, play in the toilet, take him diaper off and then poop and smear it down our hall (yuck!)...I think you get the picture! I love, adore, admire, would die for, desperately need this amazing kid.
Happy birthday sweet Nolan...our joy and light! Smooches to you on your day!