Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Growing pains and the blessings that come with change

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It's a bit challenging to find the time to give to my little blog these days --- especially now that we have a 12 month old and a 1 month old under our roof. :-) My days are mostly filled with taking care of my precious babies.  There is rarely a dull or quiet moment in the Mask household--as you can imagine, lots of noise, laughter, toys ringing out, crying at times, multiple diaper changes, making bottles, learning how to share toys and so forth.  Jody and I laugh about this often---how it's such a stark contrast from our life just four months ago.  But we both agree--- I can say without hesitation... I wouldn't have it any other way.  This is what I have prayed for and pleaded with the Lord for so long....to please allow us to grow our family.  And thankfully...my prayers were answered in such a special way.

It's been a humbling experience to grow from a family of three to a family of five in just a matter of two months.  I know without question that the Lord's hand is in our life and us getting Taylor and Baby boy have reaffirmed this in such a special way.

I  will readily admit though this past month has been pretty challenging.  We have been experiencing as you might expect some growing pains.  I have been stretched physically and emotionally. Between late night feedings---round the clock diaper changes---and trying to run errands around town or go grocery shopping with two babies and a six-year old in tow is way more challenging than I ever thought it would be.

Noah has had his fair share of struggles with sharing his Mommy and Daddy with his new baby brother and sister.  And having to share his toys with baby boy has been a real growing process for him.  We are so proud of him though and how well he is handling the changes....he's such a trooper and has the biggest heart.  I know he is going to be the best big brother.

My dear hubby...bless his heart.  He is being pulled in so many directions right now between his busy law practice and all the stress, travel and demanding deadlines that is involved with that and then trying to balance that with his very draining and time consuming calling as the Bishop of our church congregation.  And couple those with trying to find quality time to spend with us--I don't know how he's staying sane with all the people vying for his time.

But like all challenging moments in life, we can experience great blessings and lessons from those harder days we may face---those days where we feel pulled in so many directions--- this has definitely been the case for our family.  I have felt these past several weeks that we're more focused and engaged when we we're together.  Because we have two new vibrant and sweet babies in the house.... we seem to talk more....we laugh more...we value our time together as a family I believe more than we used to.

And so it is that with the happy and fun days with my family....the harder and more challenging days of motherhood and parenting are also appreciated because they coupled with the fun moments each cumulatively provide opportunities for growth---for myself here lately, that has been learning how to be a better wife and mother, and more importantly, a daughter of God.

As we all know, motherhood and being an engaged parent is not easy....it was never meant to be.  It requires so much of our time and energy each and every day---but oh my goodness, the beauty and blessings that flow back to us when we put our hearts and souls into our children's lives far outweigh any stress or challenges we may face along the way.

And so to wrap this little post up....I thought I'd share some pics I've taken the past few weeks on Instagram....I've been spending way much more time over there than on my 'ole blog. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things and get back to blogging again on a regular basis.

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P.S. Several of you and our family members have asked what the status is with Baby boy, our foster son. We're still not sure. We have what is called a status hearing with the family court in January and hopefully we'll learn more at that as to what direction they are planning to take with his case.  Until then...we are just enjoying having him be a part of our family.  He is such a sweet and precious baby boy and continues to bring light, laughter and joy to our lives.