Since I've been asked...

Ok so I've had a couple of people ask me why I haven't updated my blog lately so here's a new post just for you guys.. or girls, rather. I haven't posted in almost a year so I guess a lot has been going on.

First of all, Colin got a new position. It's not a promotion but a new job nonetheless. He is now the table games scheduler for Harrah's, the casino where he works. The position is really demanding, especially emotionally since all 318 of the people who he schedules have the natural attitude of their needs being the most important. He has been really stressed with all that so that's been a major challenge.

Joshua has his annual echocardiogram in December and we got some wonderful news: his heart looks so much better that he doesn't have to return for 5 years! What a blessing of healing from the Lord! Obviously, this takes a lot of pressure and stress off of our shoulders and we are so thankful for the Lord's mercy on this. Joshua is a little firecracker. He is getting so big, potty training and talking up a storm. Sometimes, he just repeats exactly what we've just said to learn the new words. He's also quite musically inclined, which he MUST get from Daddy since I'm tone deaf and can't keep a beat to save my own life. It's really a good thing I never wanted to be a cheerleader since I can't even clap to a beat. Or do a cartwheel, but that's a different story altogether. Joshua is already starting to sing songs with correct lyrics, which Dylan, 2 years older, is just starting to do. He is quite sweet tempered and loving... until his temper flares. So pretty much whenever he and Dylan are together. He takes after his mommy in the regard since my temper is both hotter and quicker to flare (and fizzle) than Colin's.

Dylan is getting so big! He's already in 5T clothes and he's not even 4 yet! He's so smart and he's bossy. I think that anyone who knows me, knows where that came from. :) He is starting to sound out words, as long as they aren't in books and refuses to learn how to properly count from 12 to 20. He skips all the odd numbers and tells me that I'm making him give up when I try to teach him the other numbers. I'm trying to think it's funny and not frustrating. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. This past year, Dylan was diagnosed with ADHD so we are trying to handle that. We finally caved and gave him the meds because he was having a hard time controlling himself and he has so much more confidence now. We also did an ADHD diet to figure out if he had any dietary triggers that made his behavior more challenging. So we no longer eat dairy, processed foods (like packages stuff from the store), food coloring, etc. It was really hard at first but gets easier all the time. We also switched over to only grassfed meat, so we are mostly vegans now. I am so impressed lately because Dylan has been requesting salad, which is a miracle! Guess that's what happens once you have to eat it for breakfast a few times after refusing it at dinner. :) He's also pointing out the foods that aren't healthy at the grocery store and asking for "healthy snacks" instead of crackers and such. We are going back and forth about whether to enroll him in a preschool or not. We want to homeschool him but feel like he would love the other kids around. The issue is that we don't want to enroll him and let him get used to it and then pull him out and keep him home. I don't really think that's fair to him. So I think we will just wait til he can be enrolled in sports and go about it that way.

Our biggest news is that I'm pregnant again! I'm due in mid-May to early June with ANOTHER BOY! I've been feeling ok but tired out from the children. I've also been really craving breads and baked goods so I've been doing that a lot, which is especially rewarding integrating our new vegan eating habits. Colin is becoming quite the muffin baker, himself.

Lately, i've been reading The Power of a Praying Wife and having my eyes really opened to the ways that I'm not praying for my husband's needs. I really recommend it to all the believing wives out there. I've also started reading Created to Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl. It, too, is opening my eyes to ways I can treat my husband with respect and honor that I've not been doing. Another book that I totally recommend.

Well, time to put the little ones down for a nap. Hopefully I will be on here posting more often. I guess I always feel like I don't have that much to say that anyone would want to read about. :)

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Our small family includes Colin, Brandi, Dylan, Joshua, Peter and a new little girl due in July. We're a young family raising our children for Christ.