Having left off in November of 2015, there are thousands of anecdotes I could write about to fill the lacuna - first steps, doctors appointments, school days, recipes and whatever other general highs and lows of every day life exist in a large-family household - but I think I'll spare you most of the details to catch up and get us to where we can just go from here. Here's the twenty-thousand foot summary:
- HB graduated from his master's program in May leaving what feels like a vacuum of free time in the wake of his former studies. We've remedied that problem already with house projects, day trips and schemes about moving.
- Grandmama spent much of the past year experiencing the worst MS relapse she's ever had following an unfortunate reaction to an unnecessary medication change. Fortunately, she's working with a new, much better doctor and she's feeling much more like her old self again -- thanks be to God!
- GW (7.5) is just two days away from finishing first grade... he's currently got an ear infection, but otherwise he's fit as a fiddle and ready to take on the world. He spends most of his time designing military vehicles for his Dad and scheming how he can help Park Rangers defend the environment with a backyard fort he has planned.
- GV (4.5) recently finished her first year of pre-school and just two days ago she acquired her very own bedroom with pink, flowery sheets and two pillows. Initially she was not a fan of the idea of sleeping away from her brothers, but when offered the opportunity to have Mama's old doll house brought upstairs for her use she practically announced that "it's been fun boys" and packed her things... and so far so good!
- After all FG (28 months) has been through, he is as solid as they come. Health wise, his lungs still needs some extra help when it comes to conquering colds, but he's finally big enough that we can use an inhaler with a spacer in the amount of time it takes to count to twelve rather than 5 to 15 minutes to do a full nebulizer treatment. He's exceedingly eager to do everything his older siblings can do and, remarkably so, he's actually doing a pretty good job of keeping up with them... Lord help me.