Thursday, March 18, 2010

Another rite of passage...

Okay, so this morning, I took Joshua to Lincoln Prairie where he was screened for preschool. The teacher took him into the classroom and had me sit out in the hallway to fill out 45-minutes worth of paperwork. As I did my parental duty, I couldn't help but wonder what was going on: how he was doing, is he up to par in his development, was he scared, is anyone playing with him, does he need me? A plethora of emotions flooded me, and I realized that I had become one of those parents who have a hard time letting go.

Yes, I'm admitting to it! I am a psycho parent who can't let go. I'll probably be one of those who will try to climb over the hedges by the classroom window to try and get a peak of her child. Or one of those who will say goodbye to her child as he gets on the bus, and then follows the school bus in her car, and makes sure he gets off the bus unharmed. I'm becoming my very own worst nightmare - the kind of parent that I would simply roll my eyes at when I was a teacher. Yvonne, take a chill pill!

So, why the insanity? If I'm being totally honest, I'm just not ready for Joshua to grow up! I'm not ready for him to go to school. It was fine when he was in Promisetowne, because I could be there with him. But thanks to Willow, that wonderful program is no more, and hence, I find myself being thrust into reality. A little too prematurely, if you ask me!! And if it was up to me, I'd still have Josh in diapers and live the baby years forever. But alas, that's crazy talk, and there's nothing I can do in my humanly power to slow time down.

Gosh, what to do? What to do? How do I let go? Poor Joshua is going to have a crazy mom who is holding on too tightly. Maybe, just maybe, I can release him slowly...knowing full well that God is in control, and God is taking care of him. And God will be with him when I can't, and that Joshua is ultimately in His hands.

But can I at least hold on to his pinky finger?

My Baby Girl is One!

Jenna turned one on March 7th. I can't believe how fast the time has flown! I am incredibly blessed to be her mom. She is absolutely precious, and a delight in my life. God has blessed her with a fiesty personality, and a keen sense of curiosity and adventure. One of my favorite things about Jenna is that she is a cuddler - my little snuggle bug!! When she rests her head on my shoulder, right in the crook of my neck, my world is perfect, and there is nothing I would rather do than be with her in that tender moment! Enjoy these wonderful pictures of our little Jenna (thanks to our friend, Amy, who did an amazing job photographing her and Josh!).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Christmas in Australia

Oops! It's been a while since I updated our blog. Well, happy 2010 for starters! We spent Christmas in Australia, and enjoyed glorious weather!

As I write this, we've had quite a few events occur. We praise God for the many blessings in our lives:
- Jenna just turned one on Sunday (March 7th)!
- we celebrated Jenna's birthday by going to the Shedd Aquarium
- we have a new (used) mini-van
- we celebrated Chinese New Year by going to Chinatown and having a special dinner with Jared's family
- I am in partnership with a local store to do calligraphy for their customers

Pictures will follow soon! In the meantime, enjoy our summer (or winter) Christmas pics!