They were gifted a family photo shoot and Em is grateful for the lovely photos. (Thank you Shandalyn Call.)
|Emily, Henry, Silas and Grace|
Grace started Kindergarten this fall and is doing well. She is learning to write and spell and we find notes everywhere! She LOVES to decorate cookies. (She attends the same school where I work. :)
|Grace, age 5|
Henry began a special needs pre-school at Utah State University this month. His mom was nervous about his first day, but he marched right in! He recently began using an iPad with a special app (Speak for Yourself) that assists with communication. (His was born with Pierre Robin Sequence and cannot speak. He is loving his new-found help!)
|Henry, age 2 3/4|
|Si, age 2 months|
I continue to be amazed at Em's determination to keep things "normal." She takes her children on outings, plays at the park, helps her newly expecting sister, completes her visiting teaching, takes treats to those in need, and generally focuses on things of worth. I know that some days are better than others for her, but with her faith, the prayers of many, and helping hands from many friends, neighbors and her extended family Em is keeping it all together.
I continue to be grateful for her siblings, her wonderful sister and brothers, and their families who are always on call. There are some things you just can't say aloud in public, and sometimes not at all, but her siblings are "at the ready" and have been blessed with intuition to KNOW.
And here is a more realistic peek at her life:
|This one is actually the favorite... It is the MOST true to real life!|
- Babysitting... Finding time to attend the temple, go to the store without 3 helpers, and just spend a few minutes breathing are important to any mom. A cute young woman in our ward has arranged to tend for Em on Thursday evenings for about 3 hours. What a blessing!
- Household help. Two delightful women pop in once a week for an hour or two. Emily doesn't know how she'd keep everything done without their help.
- Notes and visits of encouragement.
- Some of the younger girls in our ward have volunteered to come play with the children now and then ... Mommy's Helpers. It's amazing what can be accomplished when the children are occupied with "friends."
- And sometimes, little gifts of money, gift cards, etc. And, always it seems, just when it's needed the most.