Monday, June 4, 2012

We're Still Here

To anyone who follows our crazy family - we apologize for such a lengthy absence from blogging.  To be honest - I've had plenty to share - but I find that some things are just too darn personal.  This last year has been difficult to say the least - from our adoption, subsequent transitions, and family "stuff", etc. etc. etc.....You know how it goes.

But, all that being said, We are still here.  Alive and well (most days, anyway).  I sat down for a brief moment to catch you up.

School is out (Yay!)  We are still trying to decide where everyone will be next year.  We kinda like our "hybrid" homeschooling.  Some kids go to school now and then - while some stay home.  It all depends on everyone's needs at the time.  Chloe keeps asking to go back to school - she thrives on being out and about.  The boys are asking to come home.  Madison probably needs to go to HS - but she wants to stay home and finish up early so she can get on with her life (can you blame her!).  Annie is happy to do whatever.  So - we shall see......

Lori is doing great.  She is supposed to have her second implant on July 5.  She is learning Sign Language like a pro and still has not responded to her implant like we had hoped.  We are learning to let go of expectations and just take all this one day at a time.  I could write a book about all this - but I'll save that for another day.  I just want to reassure any of our adoptive friends who are reading this - that Adoption is HARD - anyway you slice it.  I would do it all over again - but my advice is to get rid of any and all phantoms you may have about how this new kiddo is going to respond to all that you may throw at them.  They are unique individuals with a history you know very little or nothing about.  Be patient and pray alot!

Jay is ok - lots of back pain these last few months.  Not sure where it's coming from.  Thank the Good Lord this house came with a hottub - he sure does use it.  His job at MoDot remains stable - but we don't know what the future will hold.  More layoffs could be eminent.  We are learning to focus on today and let tomorrow worry about itself.  That seems so cliche - but there's a lot of comfort in that.  Really.

Me - I would still LOVE to write that book I've mentioned before.  The topics I want to write about are really raw and personal - I'm having a hard time putting all these thoughts into words that I'm comfortable with.  We'll see......

The boys are playing ball and loving it.  Sam is a great hitter (2 homeruns so far!) and Jax is a great infielder.  Funny how different they are.

Jay took the boys Turkey hunting at our farm and they got a big one!  They were so excited.  This picture doesn't do it justice because after they shot it - it fell in the ditch and is soaking wet and muddy.  It had an 11+ inch beard and 1 3/8 inch spurs - I don't know much about turkeys - but let's just say you wouldn't want to be caught in a dark alley with a bird this size.  Jay cooked it up and it was so yummy.  I'm so proud of these little men growing up under our roof.

Madison is busy getting her Student Driver's hours and we are so excited to welcome another driver into the brood come October. 

Annie started Acting Camp today at the local university.  She has decided that she wants to be an actress so we are giving her an outlet to try our her "passion".  If God opens these doors for her - I know she'll be amazing on the stage.

Chloe is as fun as ever.  She swims like a fish and we are so blessed to have some beautiful friends who welcome us into their backyard pool almost everyday.  She has a summer full of VBS with friends all planned out. She is a true joy to have around.

Jay and I just celebrated 20 years of marriage.  We are so old.  And we were so blessed to be able to spend a few days in Cancun.  We never took a honeymoon and have always talked about going somewhere tropical - so it was truly a dream come true.  We had a fantastic time and look forward to going back again someday.  It was perfect!

So - there you have it.  The Reader's Digest version of the Lancaster Family adventures over the last 2 months.  We'd love to hear from you.  Send us a note - and Happy Summer!

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