The first snow fall came early this year!  It was so beautiful, and I loved seeing the blanket of soft, fluffy whiteness cover everything.  Now that all of the leaves have fallen and everything looks sort of desolate, the bright white snow was a welcome sight.  The views were simply magnificent.

The chickens, however, were not very big fans of the snow.  In fact, they seemed a bit bewildered and kept together in a small huddle inside the run.  They wouldn’t come out, no matter how many treats we used to persuade them.  Poor things.  I hope, for their sake, that the early snow fall isn’t a prediction of a snow-heavy winter!

Fridays are typically the “down” day in our homeschool schedule.  That usually means pajamas stay on for longer than usual and kids play together quietly.  Just kidding, there is no such thing as quiet play in our house ever.  Ha!

Fridays also usually include me drinking coffee while catching up on whatever has been neglected throughout the week.  Well, it more means that I attempt to pick a few things to catch up on.  Because let’s face it, I’m never totally caught up.  Because #momlife.

This morning, einkorn banana bread is in the oven, the new pellet stove is roaring, Christmas music is playing (though I can’t hear it over the kids playing!), laundry is in the washer, Angel is sleeping, Lovebug is slowly getting ready to start the day, and the two youngest of my brood are enjoying each other as they build an imaginary world of legos.  Don’t worry, the kitchen sink and countertops are overflowing with dishes that still need to be cleaned from last night.  The Christmas tree still isn’t up and we haven’t started the day, let alone our schoolwork.

I am delighted to rest in the beauty of where we are right now though, while projects, to-do lists, and schoolwork remain incomplete.  I will happily listen to siblings play together in their imaginary lego world, though I just had to intervene to keep the peace.  I love resting in these slower homeschool days and hope that my children look back on them fondly, too.

I’ve always hoped one of my kids would lose their two front teeth at the same time.  I don’t know why, but I’ve always thought it would be a fun thing to experience.  Well, Sunshine turned that hope into a reality with the most recent wiggly tooth getting wiggled out!  And at Christmas time.  What a bonus!  I was so excited when she brought the newest pearly white to me after lunch!

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth …” has a whole new meaning in our house!

November is a big month for this little guy!  Not only did he celebrate his sixth birthday on November 4th, we also celebrated three years as a forever family with him today!  I am so incredibly thankful for this boy, and I simply cannot imagine our family without our sweet Dumpling!

He brings so much joy and loads of contagious laughter to our lives.  He absolutely adores life and approaches every new experience with wonder.  Truly, seeing life through his eyes is an immeasurable gift.  He is compassionate and loves people unconditionally.  He shows mercy and forgives quickly.  He lights up every room and easily wins over everyone he comes in contact with.  He teaches me daily about love and grace and mercy and redemption.

He has come so far in his short three years with us, and this past year was a time of huge growth for him!  His verbal skills have progressed exponentially!  He can be difficult to understand sometimes, but he puts forth so much effort and tries so hard to make himself heard.  More and more people comment about how much more understandable he is!

He now puts 5+ words together spontaneously to make sentences.  This is a HUGE praise for our boy!  He has progressed immensely with school skills as well, and is working on modified pre-k/kindergarten work.  He loves to learn and always asks for more school work.  He is progressing steadily at his own pace and I couldn’t be more proud of him.

He still has catching up to do academically and cognitively, but oh my, he has come so incredibly far.  I always stand in awe as I watch him achieve new skills and overcome greater obstacles.  We celebrate every new victory as they come.  Because he is amazing and so very worthy.  I know he is exactly where he is supposed to be and I love watching his story unfold.

Getting to walk alongside him is such an amazing honor.  He is a super special kid who is destined to do great things.  I am so thankful God chose us to be his family.  We get to be the ones to help him grow and watch him become all that he will be.  That is a pretty cool thing.

I am so proud to be his mama and cannot wait to see what life has in store for him!  Happy 6th birthday and three years as a forever family to my precious, beloved son!  He is so worthy and so very loved!

We kind of dropped the ball on all of the fall activities this year.  When I write drop the ball, that translates to: we didn’t do anything at all.  Between homeschool, lots (and lots and lots) of doctor/therapy appointments, and the home renovation projects, the entire season was here and gone before we knew it.  So yesterday, we attempted to redeem ourselves with a trip to the local corn maze, AKA the best corn maze ever.

We’ve been several times before, but this was the first time that we visited during the day.  This was also the first time that we actually finished the corn maze!  We even got to sign the board at the end, yay for us!  The theme this year was pirates, and we all agree that it was our favorite so far.  We managed to find all of the clues and we even ran into Jack Sparrow!  We just had a super time meandering our way through the corn paths.  The weather was perfect, and it was a terrific way to spend the afternoon on Dumpling’s birthday!