May Perspective

We’re going on our second week of my new job. Kyle is still working out-of-town during the week, but has received 4 job opportunities (in town) over the past week or so. FOUR! Isn’t God amazing? I think we’ve narrowed it down to the one we feel would be most beneficial for our family. And now…we’re waiting to hear from them for the final offer…WAITING…something I am not so good at doing. May is such a busy month for us. We have/had several birthdays, mothers day, my older sister’s college graduation, Avery’s field day & awards day, a new small group semester, a quick family vacation and ballgames squeezed in between all of these activities. All of this being accomplished as gracefully as possible with the head of the household out-of-town during the week.
But, man, I have 2 beautiful, healthy children who are such a joy to mother. I have an incredible husband who puts his family first and works until exhaustion on most days. I have extended family who delight in my children and offer to help. We have a remarkable sitter who does a great job with our children and gives this mama peace of mind while working for a delightful company and an even more delightful boss. My darling husband led us back to our church that is perfect for our family and my eyes fill with tears when I think about the grace, redemption and unconditional love that surrounds us there. I have a Savior who is with me for each moment of my day. He is FOR me and knows what season lies ahead for us, even when I am overwhelmed with the present. An attitude of gratitude can really change your perspective…

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We had a sweet Easter as a family this year. Our friends, the Hickmans, attended church with us. We had lunch at my moms then came home to rest for the day. Kyle has been working out of town during the week for the past month so it was nice to have some family time. Avery’s spring break was spent with his sister, our sweet sitter, Eliza and a few other children she was keeping. I was off the last 2 days of the break so I was able to see a glimpse of my former life…being at home with my kiddos. Friday, Avery, Katie Mae and I attended The Masters with my mom and sister. We weren’t sure how long KM would let us stay, but we ended up being there most of the day. We had a few hiccups, which were quickly resolved (KM had to have her OWN badge, someone let us use theirs! and the backpack carrier was too big for Augusta National regulations, so we had to walk back to the car and put her in the front carrier). Once all that was resolved, we had a great time. Avery was able to see Tiger tee off and I was able to follow/wait for Phil Mickelson at a few holes.
The following week Kyle came home from traveling to stay with the children for the week while I went to Richmond, VA with my new boss for computer training. They put us in the corporate penthouse for the week, which was stocked with goodies. They catered lunch for us everyday and sent us to great places for dinner each night. Needless to say, if I weren’t sold already…I was then. 🙂 My hearts desire is still to be at home with my children, but since we understand I need to work for this season, I am looking forward to this opportunity to start a new branch of this company in the Augusta area. I love my ‘local’ boss and the company seems to really reward those who work hard (which I will).

That is a QUICK wrap up of the last few weeks. Kyle will head out-of-town again today and I will work my last 2 weeks of full time employment with my current office. My transition to the new company is set for May 3rd. LOTS of adjustments going on in the Williams household…it seems to be the trend for this season, but we’re trusting in the Lord for HIS plans, not ours.

I hope to post more frequently when/if things settle down. Until then…have great days that are centered around the Lord…and be thankful for those faces you are able to see everyday!

SO much has been going on. I always feel guilty reading other blogs that are so well done…but I’m in a different season of life than most of those moms.

Katie Mae’s birthday party went well (over a month ago!) Our townhome was able to accomodate our family nicely and KM had a good time, until she ate her cake, which upset her tummy, which caused her to vomit while she was opening her presents. But, she felt MUCH better after that and everything was back to normal. We were so thankful 2 of KM’s great-grandmothers were able to attend the party. They are so special to us and she shares their names. What a joy to celebrate the first year of her precious life. We are so thankful for our sweet Kathleen Mae Williams.

After her party we loaded up the car, took my Grandmother home to Marietta and surprised Avery with tickets to an Atlanta Hawks game. Once again, Katie Mae went with us and did a great job. She’s been to more functions in her first 13 months than I have in my life (almost). 🙂 Avery was thrilled with the surprise and we had a great time as a family.

Getting braver everyday


Our little Katie Mae has recently started walking around holding on with just ONE hand instead of both. She has been a very cautious ‘cruiser’ so to see her doing this all of a sudden is exciting. This past weekend we had a quick visit with my dad and stepmom (Ginni). She and I had a conversation this summer about KM wearing a ‘tu-tu’ type outfit for her 1st birthday…and Ginni MADE one and had it ready this weekend with an adorable customized onesie to go along with it. It never dawned on me that KM may not be walking by her 1st birthday until I saw the tu-tu and we discussed how it may get on her nerves if she’s crawling around at her party instead of walking…

This thought combined with the fact that with me returning to work she will be in someone else’s care within a few weeks…I’m thinking about working really hard to get her comfortable on her own 2 feet so that I will be around for those first sweet steps. I have REALLY not pushed her to reach any of her first year milestones simply because I knew she’d reach them at her own pace and I am trying to ‘let her be little’ as long as I can… AND I did the exact opposite with Avery who grew up way too quickly.

So, I may have an exciting post in a few weeks to let you know that we have mastered the art of walking. Until then, for myself and for the sake of documentation, let me list what has been accomplished so far:

Rolled over-July 8-3 1/2 months old
Sat up- 6 1/2 months (w/out any prep!)
Bouncing to music-7 months
1st 2 teeth came in at the same time-8 months
Crawling and pulling up-9 months
Cruising-10 months
Stayed in the sanctuary(at church) with us until 10 months! (such a quiet, sweet girl)
1st overnight stay away from mommy and daddy—oh yeah, mommy hasn’t wanted that to happen yet! Maybe we’ll get to that one in year #2. 🙂

Several of the “bugs” that are currently going around have passed through our family. Avery had strep last week, Katie Mae is recovering from her 3rd sinus infection and I am currently on a round of antibiotics as well. We have all gone almost a year without any sickness. Being well is one of the things we’ve been so thankful for this past year. It seems when I started working in the evenings is when things started changing. I work at a pediatricians (the best!) office and enter through the “sick” door everyday…I’m not sure if I’m bringing ‘bugs’ home with me or what, but after this past week of daily medications for our little ones and MANY sleepless nights…we decided we’ve had enough. We are currently making ‘washing our hands’ our new favorite thing and last night we had a family time of prayer and are seeing evidence of the Lord’s healing already. The ‘guys’ had a good nights rest last night and we ‘girls’ were only disturbed once because KM couldn’t find her paci at about 3 am…but we were both back to sleep within 5 minutes…which usually isn’t the case for me. I called Kyle this morning when KM woke up and asked him how he slept…he remembers hearing KM wimper…but definitely remembers it wasn’t enough to warrant him getting up…He said, it was thanks to “the power of prayer”. It never ceases to amaze us. Thank you Lord for cleansing our home of the ‘bugs’ and for complete healing!

The Beginning…

It is Monday, March 1st. The beginning of a new month. The beginning of a new week and the beginning of Katie Mae attending mothers day out twice a week instead of just once. So today I had to get up, get myself, Avery and Katie Mae ready for the day. Feed everyone (I ended up drinking mine on the way to Avery’s school). Give everyone their medicines and shuffle everyone out the door. Needless to say, Avery was late to school. I asked the secretary if there was a “mom is going back to work” pass that he could have for about a week since it’ll probably take that long to adjust. After dropping him off I scooted over to Katie Mae’s MDO and finished putting on my “face” in the parking lot. Then I headed to work and realized…I haven’t had any coffee this morning…

I do not know how I’m going to manage this on a daily basis…

Catching up…

I am terrible at this blogging thing…I just do not have time….but once again I’m going to try my hand at it…I just spent some time reading a few others and I just love them. Here is the picture I promised from my last post about Avery winning 2nd place in the science fair.

Kyle had to work in Texas last weekend, which happened to be Valentines weekend and the weekend it snowed. He was here for the snow on Friday, but had to leave to drive 17 hours the next morning. He made it there and back safely and Thursday he came home with this… A second band. We’ve talked a few times about getting one for our 5th anniversary, which isn’t for another 2 1/2 years…but he surprised me and I love it! He was so excited to give it to me that he didn’t have it engraved, but we’ll take care of that soon. I’ve always disliked Valentine’s Day…too much hype…then when I realized my own valentine wasn’t even going to be with me on “the” day, I just wrote it off again this year…but little did I know what he was planning. A friend and I were able to sneak away from our little ones (my 2 and her 6) on Saturday(13th) to see a movie kind of for v-day…that was a nice break and my own little way of celebrating if you will. We’ve had a lot going on with mine and Kyle’s schedules still passing in the afternoon, but we continue to be thankful. We are just in a good place. We love our church. I love the ladies bible study I’m able to attend on Wednesday mornings and he enjoys his men’s group on Thursday evenings. Katie Mae is attending mothers day out on Fridays and it will pick up to Mondays and Fridays next month. This allows me to work in the mornings while she is there. She has only been twice so far but she really seems to like the interaction with other little ones her size…although she doesn’t get her morning nap in so she’s exhausted by the time I pick her up. The available slot for MDO at this particular place is another post in itself…the timing was just perfect. Here is our sweet 11 month old…

I cannot believe her first birthday is next month. Yet again, like with Avery’s 1st birthday, it is bittersweet because it means I will be heading back to work full-time. I am really having a hard time emotionally about that, but it will be ok. We are still trying to figure out what to do for her party. We know we’d like to just have family over and keep it simple…the only thing is our townhouse may not accommodate everyone. I think I’ve already decided just to rearrange the furniture and make it work…I need help!
More to come…{hopefully}