June 1, 2010

My thoughts...

{a bit long}

It was a fabulous, fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend here in the Stone household. We spent all three days at home, soaking up this glorious California sun and playing games. No grilling out for us...we do that enough on a daily basis anyway.

We did, however, take time to think about all the service men and women that we have had the pleasure of meeting over the years. There have been those who have touched our lives in large momentous ways and of course those others who might have only been in our lives long enough for a short conversation, but whom we will remember forever. Being a military family has done nothing but changed our lives for the better. Johnathon works very hard for this family and we are so blessed for everything that has come our way.

Many of our friends are over seas right now and even on Naval deployments. Our thoughts go out to them and their families.

All of this makes me realize that it won't be long before Johnathon, himself, is gone for at least 6 months. In about a year we will be saying our good-byes and I am devastated even now. The thought of him missing such a large gap in our children's' lives makes my heart ache, but it is something that must be done.

I know some of you were hoping that we would be moving in January. We wanted to, we really did. We have prayed about it for what feels like months now and in the end we feel like our lives are being pulled in a different direction. We are no longer trying to get new orders and will endure this deployment. We have a really good feeling about it and what it can do for our family. There will be a "Navy" post coming soon where Johnathon and I will answer the many questions that you are all dying to know.

I know I touched on the subject of being a photographer the other day and left a lot unanswered. I by no means consider myself a professional or "the best". I do, however, love to take pictures and feel like this could right for me. It's an opportunity for me to stay home with my children, homeschool them, do something that I love...AND get paid. Anyone see any problems with that?? :)

I plan on taking a few classes...when the time is right. For now, I just plan on investing on a new camera and building a portfolio of my best work. I'm nervous, intimidated and feel very anxious about this next step. I know it will be an uphill battle and I am up for the challenge. Wish me luck!

The kids? Oh, they are fabulous!

Madelynn is 'semi-crawling'...if you can call it that. haha. She's moving, that's for sure, but I don't know if there is a name for it. She somehow makes her way across the room and gets whatever toy has caught her eye. She can't pull herself into a sitting position, but when placed there, can sit for 30 minutes easily. Most of the time she doesn't even want a toy at all. She is perfectly content on watching her sisters. My favorite moments are those when they all three sit on the floor and play together. The smiles. The laughter. The joy. It's everything I have ever wanted.

She is a champ at eating and devours just about everything you place in front of her...with the exception of sweet peas. haha. We've given her puffs and she seems to do alright. Such a big girl!!

Alyssa & Allison still have a way of amazing me. They are smart and strong...yet gentle and caring. They are everything I always prayed they would be. They are getting closer and closer to counting to 30 on their own. I am only needed on occasion when they skip a random number and get off track. I am so proud. We made butterflies out of coffee filters the other day...I'll post that in the days to come. Allison has started adding eyebrows to her drawings of people. Am I the only one amazed with that?

Nap time is still a struggle. Not so much with them actually napping, more so with the removal of diapers. I just don't understand. I have way too much to say on this subject and will ask for your opinions later. I am seriously in need of some help in this department. *sigh*

My mom went to the doctor today. She seems to have gotten another bug and her electrolytes weren't doing so well because of it. Prayers for her healing would mean so much to me. I just need her to be healthy when we take our trip to Illinois this Summer. :)

Has anyone else noticed the number of followers slowly rising??

Ya'll are so sweet.

Thanks for tuning in everyday to see what new happens in my always blessed, usually chaotic life!!

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Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers! My friend's husband just returned from being gone for a year or so. I was amazed how she handled it and I know you will do great too.
And I think that is great about taking up photography! It is definitely a passion of mine that I can not wait to embark on.
Keep us posted!

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