Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

Having twelve children is an amazing blessing and one heck of a crazy ride. Join us through all the joys, smiles, tribulations and trials as we navigate this fabulous journey!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Random Reflections

A lot has happened in the last week! Exciting things, fun things!
Our twins turned five years old and we celebrated with a family party at home (aren't those the best kind?) Alexandria had a princess cake with a tiara and wand on top, and Isaiah had a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake decorated in black, red and yellow. Both kids loved their day, which was topped off with cousins sleeping over and a trip to the high school varsity game that night!

This past Saturday, Drew sang in the Jr. Idol competition at the Belleville Chili Cook-off. He didn't win, but he did so good! Our whole family went to cheer him on. Seeing him sing on that great big stage, so full of confidence and self-assurance and watching him do what he loves to do, and utilize his talent was so fulfilling to me. I felt this sense of pride that is hard to describe. It is different than watching my little ones acheive new things. With the little kids, it's fun to see their accomplishments and watch their enjoyment and delight in new experiences. It's awesome, for sure. But this was different for me. Watching Drew sing on stage and watching Emanuel run the length of the field for a touchdown touched me in a different way. In those moments, I felt like I was seeing my kids as completely separate people...not as my children, but as young adult men using the talents God gave them. In both cases, their talents have nothing to do with anything I taught them, or molded them into. Certainly I have zero athletic or musical ability. So it's wondrous and amazing and thrilling for me to watch them at their craft, their passion. Whether these things will be their passion years from now, I can't say. But for now, it's most spectacular to watch and be part of. And on Saturday, it didn't feel like I was watching my child sing. It felt like I was watching this young man with a great voice and a deep talent, and he was my son, and I was so proud of him.

Tonight Emanuel has a game. All of us are going. All of us except Drew that is, because Drew has Cheer-boys practice. Cheer-boys is a group of high school guys that are learning all the cheers from the cheerleaders so that they can dress up crazy, in wigs and make up and put on a hilarious show at the homecoming pep rally. We've seen a few of them perform and they are hilarious. There are between 20 and 30 guys doing this, so it should be really fun.
Today however, Drew is with his chorus teacher and fellow chorus students, competing for Mascoutah over at Highland High School. The winning schools will advance to state competition so we are really hoping that Mascoutah's group does well!

Our kids are home from school today for Columbus Day. Albert has to work. Apparently Missouri schools don't take this holiday off. At least not in St. Louis. So I'm spending a lovely day with all my little ones. Brandon just made pancakes for breakfast, which, while surely delicious, is resulting in one heck of a mess in the sink. We've currently got the back door hanging open to air out the kitchen from all the smoke that has accumulated. I'd really NOT like the smoke detectors to go off!
I have tons of laundry to do today. Not fun. I can't wait till it's football time tonight. It's the highlight of the day for me! I hope that Mia can behave herself during the game!


Anonymous said...

It's amazing watching your kids grow up and start spreading their wings...
Praying right now!
Psalms 86:15-16 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
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Anonymous said...

The Lord is going before you, too, and will not forsake you! Praying!!!!!!!!!!!!
Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
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Anonymous said...

Praying hard in Seattle!
Psalms 46:1-5 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
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Anonymous said...

Always here praying!
Psalms 46:7, 10-11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.(10-11) Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
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Anonymous said...

These verses are so comforting. Continuing to pray!!!!!!!!!
Revelation 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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Anonymous said...

Know that I'm praying so at this end!
Revelation 7:16-17 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
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Anonymous said...

It's always amazing to know that the Holy Spirit Himself is praying for you!
Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
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