This past year has brought many big changes for our family, and of course, lots of adjustment to all this new change. For the most part it's all been good, but as with any change there is bound to be some hard work and even struggle while everyone finds their new groove.
The biggest change for our family this year has been the expansion of our family. In my last post, almost a year ago (yikes!), I was ready to pop, and well a few days after that was written I went into labor and our sweet Asa was born at home with his elated brother, Papi, and fabulous birth team there to welcome him into this world. It was truly an amazing, wonderful and perfect day. One of my happiest moments of 2013 (besides meeting our beautiful Asa) was seeing the joy and excitement on Ori's face when I announced that he had a brother. His expression was priceless and one that will forever be etched in my memory bringing me joy every time I think about it. So incredibly sweet, as has it been to watch their relationship grow over the past year. But even with all the joy there has been struggle as we all work to find our new normal and get through the intensity of the first year of baby's life.
Another very happy moment in 2013 was watching my oldest daughter marry her love in June. Watching her make a family of her choosing that so obviously has love and respect as a foundation makes this mama very happy for her daughter and incredibly proud. (Wiping away happy tears:~)
In other 2013 news, Ori graduated preschool and started Kindergarten. This has been one of the harder transitions for us this year. Not that it hasn't gone well, Ori is doing great in school and has made lots of good friends. And as far as schools go we really like the community and teachers and are generally happy with it. But also as schools go, there is a mourning of the loss of freedom, imagination, play and self driven learning that happens when kids have the opportunity to be curious and explore THEIR interests as opposed to those of the standards and the class. Honestly, kindergarten has been exhausting for all of us. Six hours a day, five days a week following someone else's schedule is too much for a five year old. Unfortunately we don't have the choice for a half day K schedule in our school district. So we are doing our best to get through it and focus on the positives, and are keeping an open mind for alternatives should we decide something else would suit our needs better. It's a learning experience for all of us.
|First day of Kindergarten|
Well this pretty much sums up our year. Lots of change, lots of adjusting to new things, lots of growth, lots of learning, and lots and lots of love. I wouldn't do anything differently but am hoping for a more relaxed 2014:~)