I have pictures taken of LB every year. Last year, I took the pictures:
I like to take pictures....as may be clear from the volume on this blog :) When I grow up, a photographer is one of the things I'd like to be.
Things are going well with Sweet Baby. It feels like being a new parent all over again. LB was breastfed without pacifiers or bottles (not because I found this virtuous, but because I could NOT get her to take either). SB is formula-fed and takes a pacifier. It's a totally different kind of parenting....aside from the fact that we have no idea how long she'll be with us.
It feels like she's always been a part of our family and it still feels unreal that there's a baby in the next room, it's quite a dichotomy. We will enjoy her for as long as she's here :)
My husband's work situation still isn't what we had hoped for. We're in a state of limbo, waiting to see where our family will be led. It's been a long 4 months of unemployment/underemployment. The blessing has been that I have been able to do more consulting from home during this time to help fill in the gaps. I've applied for a few jobs and continue to not be interviewed....with a master's degree and five years of consulting experience, I'm taking it that it's God's will that I be home right now. Going back to work would require a huge lifestyle change for our family.
Last week I had an epiphany. I was anxious about my husband's work and finding some security after 4 months of insecurity and I was watching a story about a military family; reality check! It's true that our own crosses are nothing compared to the crosses of others.....my family has health and home......next time I think about complaining, I'm going to offer it up for all the families who are truly suffering right now - whether it's the family that just lost a father overseas or the family that recently lost a 7 y/o daughter in our homeschool community - my cross is a splinter and I will pray for all of you carrying around true timber.