The beginning of February was full. We have been so busy, going, going, going. Joseph had archery practice 2 and 3 times a week, preparing for the region tournament. Joe coached the team and had fitness club after school on days when there wasn't archery practice. The tournament was last weekend and Joseph shot 211 out of 300. He improved from 125 at his last tournament in December. He really enjoys archery and can't wait for next year. He didn't qualify for state but we were really proud of him improving so much and learning this new sport.
Brady and Anne got to go with me to a preschool Valentine playdate at church. It was treat for me to be able to do something with just the two of them together. Before leaving I had to laugh when I realized how excited I was to be taking two toddlers out to an event like that alone. When Bethany and Joseph were their age, I would've been an anxious mess worrying about their behavior and all the work it would take me to go, it would've been a big deal. This was such a treat and so easy, they had a blast and I enjoyed talking to other moms and meeting new people.
The next night he took the boys to Cheddars and Walmart, where they got to pick out a toy. I think every year it gets to be a bigger deal, it's the day of the year that Joe loves buying something for the kids. He is such a good dad and loves his kids like crazy.
Joe and I went to see Tim Hawkins Live for Valentine's Day, it was a lot of fun! We went shopping and found a dress for my sisters wedding, ate a bunch of greasy, delicious food and had a blast together. Our time together without the crazies never gets old, it's the best!
Bethany and Joseph have been playing Upward basketball. Last Saturday Bethany scored her first basket at their third game. We were really proud of her because basketball has not been her favorite decision. At the beginning of the game she was completely confused and frustrated to be on the court. Joe and I were trying to help her and she had a meltdown, she pushed through her emotions and embarrassment though and the next time in she played hard and scored. That's out girl! She is a fighter and doesn't give up.
Sunday evening Brady started vomiting and he had terrible pain in his belly. He didn't get a reprieve from hurting really awful until Tuesday night. The first night he was sick he said, " Mommy, I'm afraid I'm going to die." So sad watching him be so miserable. It's Thursday and he's still crying and wining saying his belly hurts every time he drinks or eats, which has been minimal.
We thought maybe it wasn't a virus and we were out of the clear but then last night Anne started vomiting and was up all night long. Her belly doesn't seem to hurt as relentless as Brady's but she has had a rough go of it too. Paying it won't last as long as Brady's and it stops here.
Please overlook my typos and the irregular placement of odd words and pictures. I'm typing this on my phone because our internet is out and I've been trying to post for days. I'm blogging between kids crying in pain, for a drink and for comfort. I pieced together maybe a few hours sleep last night.
Even in the difficulties this week, I'm so thankful that Joe is home, I'm grateful for the snow that slows our busyness, I'm loving snuggles and opportunities to give my sick kids some extra love and attention. As crazy as the sickness is, we needed this snow week together, and I have loved everything outside of our home getting canceled. Life is about these moments that are hard and sweet, that exhaust me as a mother and Jesus uses to renew and feed my weary soul.
We are all weary souls, longing for strength and affirmation. I love seeing the beauty that only the valleys bring and thankful that rest and strength are always found and promised in Jesus.
Stay warm friends!