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Hmm….winter has come and almost gone and the amount of blog updates I anticipated occurring…well, didn’t.  Our journey as a family of four went into high gear and here we are in March.  So, here we go. 😉

What’s up with Jack?

Jack continues to be a fairly mellow guy–except when hungry.  When coerced to give you a smile he lights up a room; his laugh is one that brings out a return belly laugh from the rest of us.

Allie, Jack, and I take a once a week trek up to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.  While there, we have an amazingly gifted orthodontist, Dr. Judah Garfinkle, adjust Jack’s NAM.  About a month ago, he added wire nasal stints to the NAM. These are stretching his nose in order to grow the middle part  to be longer.  We are headed to surgery sometime in the next 6 to 8 weeks.  This first surgery that we are preparing him for will cosmetically correct his lips and nose.

We are incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to live so close to a hospital that has the knowledge and skill to do all this preliminary work.  That being said, there are days we are tempted to just let him be.  To change a face we have fallen so completely in love with is a hard thing to do. I treasure his wide smile and all that it is teaching me.  Knowing he might not appreciate us turning down such great modern medicine does keep us going though. 🙂

Allie O’Malley…

turns FOUR on Monday.  She’s blossomed into a lanky little girl.  I’m slightly fearful that Jack will overtake her in size sooner than later. She continues to be her spunky, girly, creative self.  I’ve been working on some “school” work with her.  On the first day, she informed me that “you are not a teacher; you’re a mama.  Don’t worry though, I can ‘dafako’ you into one.”  That is her “magic” word.  So, each day, I am “dafako’ed” into a teacher so she can learn her letters.

She is making a fabulous big sister–making Jack laugh, getting him things, and loving on him.  The only thing that has upset her so far is when he peed on her…We just started her at a local Gym Stars.  She is loving doing the obstacle course, tumbling, and dancing her little heart out.  We have been thankful for her spiritual sensitivity .  Questions about heaven, what Jesus has done for us, and discussions about what she’s learned in Sunday School occur daily.  She is still convinced that she’ll have a pool in heaven, and then was truly grieved when she found out that Jesus had nails in his hands. She keeps it fresh for us!

And us…

Our focus lately has been our Sunday School class. Anthony is teaching for about 3-4 months. This is a new role for him and one he’s taken seriously. The study time and preparation has been a growing time for both of us.  I’ve been tutoring like crazy..and it is crazy–changing a diaper while saying, “y = mx + b….”  Insane as it is, I am thankful for the employment we both have and that my kiddos are by my side…24-7.

Psalm 34:1 “I WILL bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”