Sunday, August 29, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
This picture makes Tyler look 9 to me.
I haven't seen him as 9 until this picture....my baby is growing up.
Friday, May 21, 2010
We got to take a long needed break from baseball, school and work and headed out to my sister's house in Pennsylvania. My nephew was playing a part in the high school musical and we wanted to see it. He has done this for several years but for one reason or another we couldn't make it. This year I was determined to see him because he was playing Henry in Finean's Rainbow. I am so glad we made it because it was amazing!! Randy did a great job as Henry and didn't even mind all the makeup to get him into character!
It took a lot of hard work and we were so proud of him!
Great job Randy!!!
Right down the road there is a small amusement park.......but it's big enough for the kids to have some fun.
Anyone who knows Tyler knows he takes after his dad in the fear of heights area. The older, bigger cousins were going on this drop fast and leave your stomach at the top ride so he was going to brave it too......that will be the last time you see him in this seat.
The srambler scrambled them good!
Now this ride was the biggest mistake Tyler made all day. It's the big boat that sways from side to side really, really high. Remember my statement earlier about the fear of heights thing? Umm yeah - usually if he sees what a ride does he will decide if it is something he can or will do. He didn't see what this one did and before I could warn him it was moving. He rode the ride with his head down and about peed his pants.
Didn't spoil his appetite for an ice cream cone to top off a great day at the park with the cousins.
Guess where I spent my mothers day?
Yup - watching my favorite boy play my favorite game and making it to the Championship game!
Happy mothers day to me!
and Diary of a Wimpy Kid the movie book.
Charlie and I had been praying about opening up just a little on our criteria for getting another child. We said if we don't step out in faith then we never will know what we are missing. Faith isn't sticking your neck out for something you know will happen it's sticking your neck out and waiting to see what God has in store. So that is just what we did.
It was Friday afternoon at 3:30 and I got a call from the placement agency. An 18 month old boy that had been in custody for 2 months needed to be placed into a foster home. He had been taken from his mother for reasons I won't go into here and placed in a foster home originally. Grandma stepped in and tried to care for him but it just didn't work so he was needing a new home - so they called us. After a lot of questions back and forth we agreed to take him in. Knowing his background I knew in my heart that it was just temporary. Everyone kept telling me that I was just protecting myself but it was a feeling I just couldn't shake.
David rocked our world. Our schedule changed, our routine changed, our lives changed. Charlie and I were in baby heaven but Tyler was struggling - a lot. He slowly started to spend less time with us, he really hated it when David cried, he was a mess. This was not a change I was expecting. Tyler was the one reason we were being so picky about what child we took in. Tyler wasn't adjusting to the changes well at all.
I had to do something but I just didn't know what. Then just as quickly as he arrived David was gone. Moved to another home. My gut feeling about it not being forever was right and it was OK. I was sad and relieved all at the same time. I know that he would eventually be reunited with his mother and that is where every child should be.
So we made another decision - the Rivers 3 it will be. We are not going to pursue adoption. We are done with it. We are happy with our stage of life and now can't imagine it with more than just Tyler.
We are finally at peace.......thanks to David.
We had a great Easter as usual. Tyler got his goodies and the Easter bunny brought him his new Mario Brothers game that he was just dying to have. He literally played it non stop....literally. I had to ban it so he would do something else. It's nice to know you gave them something they love but geesh!
This is what I got for his Easter photo shoot. I tried to get other shots but not one of them came out....not one. So this is our 2010 Easter picture.....great isn't it?
With all the extra goodies and egg hunting and new games we still take time to focus on what Easter truly means. It isn't about all of that stuff - it's about the One who gave His life for us because of a love so great that we can't even imagine it. I know He has risen and one day I will bow at His feet and worship Him - what a glorious day that will be!
So far we have played in several tournaments. In some we have done just terribly and then in others we have done pretty well. So far we have two AA Runner Up plaques on our wall and that aint to shabby for the first few games of this new level of baseball.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
So as of Sunday afternoon we are still stuck in the house. Tyler probably won't have school tomorrow but we will have work so we will have to brave the icy streets for the first time. It isn't us I am afraid of - it's all of the crazy people in TN that just don't have a clue how to drive in it.