In our family...

In our family....we do second chances...we do grace...we do real...we do mistakes...we do I'm sorry (and I forgive you)...we do loud really well...we do hugs...we do family...we do love.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Life with my little’s

My little’s are growing up way too fast as kids seems to do. It seems as though they have went from there to here in a blink of an eye.

Why does it never cease to amaze me that I am still doing this great task put before me, of raising 2 children I did not give birth to?

Many things have changed since I used to write regularly. During my absence, I stopped taking pictures and stopped recording this journey of ours. Thankfully, my daughter took pictures for me so I can share some with you. God willing I will be able to keep recording our journey.


They still act pretty wild & silly and keep us on our toes.


Picture0045 Picture0046

How could I

resist these


And of course my grandson A man adds to the excitement and the love and of course the noise!


The 3 of them can fight like cats & dogs but they sure do love each other.



 There are days that the noise level from the 3 of these little people drives us crazy but I wouldn’t want to be without them for one second.


What is it with this mother heart of mine? It seems to keep on growing and shows no limits on it’s ability to love. My heart still aches for my children that are now grown and have flown so far from home yet it swells with pride in seeing them live their lives.

I found the wonderful world of Skype which allows me to see their beautiful faces and hear their voices and all for FREE! Such smiles and happiness it brings the little’s to see the people they love so much.

In spite of health issue’s, life does go on and these two have continued to brighten my days even when I felt like giving up.


Little lady has finally grown hair…lots of blond curls! She is the toughest little girlie girl that loves dresses and everything girl but gets dirtier then most little boys. She is my stinker.  She is strong willed and temperamental. She hides from us and scares the hell out of us when we can’t find her…and she thinks this is funny.

She talks back more then any of my other children ever did.Her response to getting ALL of her toys taken away(When I say taken away, I mean they are completely packed away!), is “I don’t care, I can still play with sticks, rocks, dirt and water.” UGH!!!!

She repeatedly turns the water on outside and chases the boys and neighbors kids with the hose and of course manages to get the clothes drying on the line outside wet while doing so.

She exasperates me. She keeps me on my toes and anyone else that watches her.

She tries my patience daily and is not afraid of anything…especially of getting into trouble. It does NOT phase her!

You would think this is a child that doesn’t get disciplined,punished or taught but believe me people she is.

She can be as sweet as sugar but has an attitude bigger then her britches.  Do NOT let her sweetness fool you!

Nevaeh 11

 For example…recently, a show on TV had a bride about ready to get married and I said to her, “When you get older maybe you will get married like that.” To which she loudly and sweetly announced “When I get big I’m going to marry you Mommy!” After explaining to her that people don’t marry their mommy’s, she stomped off to her room and proceeded to scream angry words directed at me, at the top of her lungs. Saying things like, “I don’t want to marry mommy ANYMORE!” A few minutes later she comes back out to me, to sweetly give me kisses and hugs and tells me she loves me. While she walks away, she quietly say’s, “I am too going to marry you mommy.”

What would I do without this little girl that has added to my gray hairs?

Nevaeh 17

Little man has grown up and come through so many of his past behavior issues. He is presently in this wonderful stage of being quite pleasant, polite, cooperative, easy to get along with and very sweet. Now don’t get me wrong, he has always been sweet to me, but he has become especially sweet. And yes, he still has his days. :)


An example of this sweetness…that conversation with little lady about marrying me…little man was sitting with me too and right after little lady had announced her intentions of marrying me, he announced his intentions of marrying me too. After I explained about not marrying your mommy and little lady had stomped off, he continued to address this subject. I told him that when he gets older he will meet someone very special, that he will adore more than anyone else in the world. To which he replied, “ But you are very special and I adore you more than anyone in the whole world!”

Later, they told Daddy of their intentions of marrying me and he asked them, “What about me?” To which, little man said, “Well you can come to the wedding.”

He finished preschool, which he loved and every one of the teachers fell in love with him too.

Jordan with certificate

At the end of May he turned 5…


…and we had a pirate party. Aren’t these 3 of the cutest pirates you’ve ever seen?

the 3 pirates

He still never stops talking and asking questions. I really don’t think I’ve ever met a 5 year quite like him. He  loves to help outside and in the kitchen. I cannot imagine my life without this sweet little boy.


These little people really are amazing. They have added to my already amazing children and grandchildren.

5 children + 2 “grand” children + 2 grandchildren =10 amazing people that toss & turn my heart.

Each of them have kept me grounded. They have reminded me time and time again of what is most important in this life.

They are my teachers.

They are my life interrupted.

Wherever this ride is taking me, I am absolutely sure it will be right where I’m suppose to be.

Until next time, love & hugs, Lori


Brian Miller said...

ha. dont you just love kids...the pics are adorable..and they have grown since teh last time we saw them...we did a doughnut cake for T last year!

Buckeroomama said...

I love reading about your little's. You just gotta love how feisty your girl is. :)

Rita said...

YOU'RE BACK!!!. I hadn't checked your site for such a long time, but I had check your daughter's now and then.

I love reading about your "littles". I've missed your updates and pix.

Glad you're feeling better now.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Wow, the littles are getting so big and BEA-U-TI-FUL!

And that pirate party picture is too cute for words. What a wonderful idea and a 5th birthday he will never forget!

So glad to catch up with the kids and YOU!

xo jj

Hilary said...

Lori, they're so adorable and I'm glad to know they've settled somewhat. Your little man cracked me up with "you can come to the wedding." And little miss feisty ... sounds like she keeps you on your toes. Your grandson is just adorable too. You sure do have a heartful. :)

gram said...

grandchildren are the light of my life, as they are yours. i have to give you so much credit that you are raising 2 of yours. that in it self is sooo much work, you have taken on alot! i am glad you are feeling better. i take it you are still smoke free? i sure hope so. take care lori and it is soooooo good to have you back my friend. sending a big Hug! have a great week!!!

Natalie said...

I am SO hearing you, Lori!
Maybe little miss fiesty is going to be your next president? She will need a strong constitution for a big job like that! ♥

Kit Kat said...

Love this post Lori!! Great to hear how those two are growing up! I can't believe how fast it is going either!

SciFi Dad said...

Great post.

My daughter sounds like a combination of your two little people: she's as exasperating as your little lady, and asks more questions than anyone, like your little man.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This was wonderful to read Lori.
As you said, a Mother's heart never stops growing.
You have a life full of wonderful people...big and small.
THose two crack me up with their antics...and those faces? Sweet as sugar.
Keep up the good work, you are giving them a wonderful childhood.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm so thrilled to read what is going on with the Little People! They are just cuter than the law should allow.


Anonymous said...

Well aren't they just the cutest little boogers. I can see the wheels turning in your granddaughter's head just by looking into her eyes.. She's definitely an imp.. *giggles*


Brittany said...

:) So glad your back too mom! You are the best mother/grand mother there ever was! Sick or not, you're incredible- strong- funny, and amazing!

I love you so much ,and it makes my heart swell that you are back to writing! ILY!