It has been a rough couple of weeks, but I think I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel (and am hoping it isn’t a TRAIN!)…I do feel blessed this Christmas season despite this and want to take the time to make sure that I comment on them.
First, my Matthew. He has taught me so much about unconditional love and facing adversity. He has grown up a lot in the last year and though he still makes a lot of impulsive, poor choices – I definitely can hear him – on occasion – at least saying the right things. He is a sweet older brother who gets along great with his youngest sister and loves to make her laugh.
Next, there is Riley. I can’t believe how much he has struggled and how far he has come this year. He definitely continues to be my sensitive one as evidenced by his struggles with back-to-school and his behavior at times. He worries alot about how people see him and wants to be good. He has become so helpful around the house – last week cleaning his bedroom and “labelling” his drawers for his clothes. This morning he got up with the two girls and played with them for 15 minutes and then took his youngest sister to the potty and got them both dressed for the day. I laid in bed smiling the whole time imagining him as a teenager and hoping that he remains so helpful and wonderful.
Logan continues to be the princess of the family though she is showing signs of an impending Barbie obsession (oh no!). She is silly and mischievious and sweet and outgoing…everything that I am not. I am told almost on a daily basis that she is the life of the party at her daycare class. And even at 3y11m I know that we are in for a lot of “girl drama” as she gets to be a tween. She has the most amazing imagination and tells me stories of her and her frineds every day…of course I don’t know which to believe and which to not but that is part of her charm.
Addison has become a Lavoie in record time. She is feisty with a dramatic flair and has more melodrama than the other 3 combined – any booboo is met with tears and screams – that disappear with one word…”fine”…I say…you are fine…she says “fine?” and I say yes…you are fine and she is off. She loves music and dancing and being the baby of the family. She is sweet and loves kisses and hugs and taking her shoes off in the car. She also has a mind of her own that gets her into trouble but has a great way of saying “I’m sorry” and you know she means it.
I also am blessed by a career that I continue to love and feel privileged to have. I am blessed to have a wonderful extended family who I don’t get to see enough and friends who are there when I need support. I am blessed with good health and the good health of my children, to live in a country where we are free and have amazing plentitude.
Merry Christmas to all who know me and I hope your next year will be full of blessings and wonder.