Abby turned 12 in December! It truly is so hard to believe that she is almost a teenager, especially when it seems like just yesterday when Jay and I sat across from one another in the living room and watched her take her first wobbly steps on her own. Abby is growing into a gorgeous young woman both inside and out, and I am truly enjoying watching her in this stage of her life. She is a loyal friend, an ambitious and hard worker, and is incredibly passionate about playing the violin.
Emma turned 10 last month, and that is equally hard to believe. Double Digits! This girl continuously keeps us on our toes. Her wit and humor keep us laughing no matter what is happening. Her fashion sense is still, well, interesting. I absolutely love seeing her unique personality blossom. Em is still on the U10 traveling soccer team here and absolutely loves everything about this sport and the teammates she has grown so close to over the past couple of years.
Nate is also becoming very aware of what other boys his age are doing and wanting to emulate their actions and activities, which is great (within reason) and completely age-appropriate. But the only problem is that Nate isn’t a typical boy. Sports seem to be at the forefront of his friends’ thoughts and conversations: soccer, basketball, football, baseball, swim team: anything that has to do with participating in sports. While Nate is doing quite well in violin, talking about how he conquered this really hard section in Gavotte by Gossec doesn’t really get the same reaction as “I hit a homer” or “made 3 goals during my soccer game”. Nate really wants to play a sport. From the influence of 2 very special people in his life, he has decided that he wants to try to learn how to play golf. He has his own clubs now and is really looking forward to a few lessons soon.
The little guy has had a really great few months from a medical standpoint. He seems to be in a good stable plateau right now, and I am just praying it continues. Its such a welcomed relief to have several months free of the intense worry over what is happening in his little body and trying to find ways to help him. He requires quite a lot of daily care, but it definitely helps when we see the difference the care makes in how well he feels each day.
Life is busy. But we are so very thankful for this crazy, busy, amazing life for our family!