10 October 2008

2 years, 8 months

Natalie, sweet Natalie. Yesterday you turned 2 years and 8 months old. Crazy, I know. I can't believe how fast you are growing. You are one heck of a stubborn little toddler, as you have been for a while now, but I continue to be amazed at how strong a will someone who only weighs 27lbs can have. School has been the highlight of your life the past month - You would live there if you could and the only downside for you is that you don't get to take the bus there. When we wait outside before school, everyone is kind of hanging out, holding mommie's hand, but you? No, you are running around, trying to climb the fence to get in the playground where the older kids are finishing up their class, screeching with excitement. Then as soon as the co-oper's are let in, you are standing on your tiptoes, trying to see in the window, wondering when Miss Debbie will come back out to tell you it's time for everyone else to come in. And when she does, you beeline for your classroom. It's a good thing you only weigh 27lbs and are one of the smallest in your class, because you'd leave a wake of disctruction and fallen toddlers in your path. No kisses goodbye, not even a backward glance. You are hanging up your back pack and you are ready to Play. It's awesome. I love your excitement and sheer delight at any mention of the word school. We get to go back tomorrow for the fall picnic and I know we'd better dress you in the grungy of grungiest play clothes because after 2 hours of playing, picnicing, playing, and then more playing, we're going to have to chip the dirt off you before even getting in the car.

As usual, my life has been a roller coaster. I felt like we were getting to a good place and BAM! Daddy got laid off. So did 37 of his co-workers. Which leaves all three of us home all day every day together. It's messed up my schedule, but you seem to have adapted quite well. My depression has given me some dark times the past two weeks, but I see my doctor next week and hope to get some additional help - at least we have health insurance through the end of the calendar year. But, it also means trying to make you a sibling has been put on hold indefinately. Not that we even know if we can make another kid, but we were just ready to start trying. I guess God really didn't want child #2 concieved right now. We've been praying that His timing and His will is bigger and better than what we want or think we need. In the meantime, while that next great job is still in the works, we pray for provision and we thank God for the friends and family that have been so supportive. Still, the whole thing sucks.

The weather has been beyond fantastic, and with daddy home, it's been fun going to the park in the middle of the day as a family, or dragging him to music class with us. As soon as he finishes some outdoor projects on the house (that we had to get done before the weather changed too much), we're going to hit the zoo, the pumpkin patch, the natural history museum. You and daddy had a blast going to the Jim Henson exhibit at the Smithsonian. Although I'm not sure what you liked more - seeing muppets or riding the metro. Anyway, we're all hanging in there, thankful for the blessing you are to our lives.

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