September! How did you fly by so quickly?  School is in full-swing, bringing with it homework, routine and boys who happily settle into bed at the end of the day.  We’ve had a backyard rodeo.  Peaches have been canned, applesauce made and jams frozen.  We’ve enjoyed a handful of low-key but lovely birthday celebrations.  We’ve had many family adventures – days spent boating, an afternoon of fishing with the family, heck each day feels like an adventure.  And not to be forgotten was a visit from Uncle Jimmy.

September has also been a season of major growth and change for our family.  {Though let’s be honest, when haven’t we been going through some sort of *season* around our house?}  We really are doing well.  The boys are all three thriving at school and Caroline has settled into a pretty nice routine herself.  But I’m not going to lie, parenting four kiddos is hard work.  I’ve lost count of the times I’ve looked at Alex like a crazy lady and we’ve both laughed in the midst of all of this chaos we call our life.  I’m so thankful that we have chosen laughter because pouting and keeping score wouldn’t get us anywhere.  It’s all about survival and quite honestly I think we’d be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn’t at least try to laugh at all of the ridiculous moments each and every day brings with it.

And so we persevere.  We keep thinking of one more adventure, one more outing for our family.  Sometimes so many of these wonderful adventures sound so much better in our head. The baby isn’t screaming, there aren’t any accidents and no one is talking back.  But I am so thankful that we have been and continue to be brave and bold.  And thankfully, I have a feeling the kids have nothing but happy memories, so I guess in the end it’s all worth it.


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