Tuesday, February 8, 2011

time out. part II

"When your heart speaks, take good notes." - Judith Campbell

We have had words to describe the years past. 2008 was new. New home in Puerto Rico, new in marriage, new love when we found out we were pregnant with our first child. 2009 was selfless, we started to settle into our life together, giving and taking from each other in ways a married couple does. We became parents and learned what it was like to really live for someone else. We made sacrifices for the good of our growing family. 2010 was endure. We were given many faith building and sometimes crushing trails, we learned to endure this life and endure it well. 

This year our word is
There is no way to hide from it so lets embrace it. After coming to terms with our life we knew that there was no where to go but up. This year we will learn  to love each other in a more pure, more honest, and more Christ-like kind of way. Change is coming in the form of forgiveness, leaps of faith, and love languages.
We will see the changes of hubs starting his M.B.A. I am excited to see him in his element. The forever-student is getting straight A's so far! We miss the time he spends with us but it is for the betterment of our who family and life.

Change = growth. Our family will be growing this year though we don't know how yet. Pregnancy, foster care, adoption... whatever His will. 

This year could quite possibly conclude with us living in an entirely different city or even state. New church family, new friends, new air to breathe. Yet again, through His will, we are still unsure.

Ryan's assessments came back- AUTISM FREE, BABY! He will still undergo speech therapy and who knows what else this year. Thank you to state aide we get to play lots of phone tag with developmental services. No one seems to be in a hurry to see us so I am taking that as a good thing. His future is bright ahead of him we are excited to see the path this year of change brings. This week he learned 4 new signs in 5 minutes.
 I will be more patient. I will love deeper and trust stronger. I will have a prayer in my heart everyday that I can hear God's will, I hope to serve those in need when I don't know what their needs are. I will pay it forward, and give back to the world thats given me so much. Big things are in store for me, big things baby.
 To kick off the new year, our family went into time out. Sometimes when things get crazy and the world is going faster than we are, we lose our way. This time out was so much cooler than the ones Ryan has to do in his room. We went to the beach! Yes in February and, yes it was cold. Almost 3 days of inseparable time together and it was stupendous. We ate chowder, tried salt water taffy, shopped 'til we dropped, and wadded in ice cold, salty water- together.

We lived and we loved. We soaked up every windy, salty memory of this weekend. If I could bottle it up, it would sit in our window as a constant reminder that time outs are sometimes a very, very sweet thing. 



kayli sue said...
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kayli sue said...

I could use one of your time outs right about now! I love how honest you are in your blog. It's really inspiring to me to be a stronger, better person. I am so glad to hear your little one is autism free. I cried my eyes out when I read that you guys were thinking it was a possibility. Will was a late talker and I worried if it was something else too. But through it all your little family has stuck together through a very tough year last year. Truely an example to everyone!

Ty, Steph, & Bristol said...

Lauren! Love your blog. So inspiring, and your photos are always so beautiful! So glad to hear about your little guy. I got my degree in special education/severe dsiabilities and so I am always on the other end of things...telling parents their child has a disability. So it hit home when you explained what was going on in your life...that it's so very real in people's lives I know. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that things continue to go well!

Mandy said...

This is such a great post!!! We all need to have more faith and embrace change. I know that sometimes I get so frustrated that things in my life are moving along and I feel like I can't keep up. But change can be a good thing, most of the time it is.
And a time out sounds amazing right about now!

AmyLee said...

oh my gosh, i literally teared up when i saw ryan's assessments came back autism free!! oh lauren, what wonderful news.

please don't move! not until we have gotten a chance to get together :)
maybe we get together & do a photoshoot? yes??

Jhen.Stark said...

YAY Lauren! What a beautiful post! What a beautiful heart! What a beautiful family!

How exciting this change must be! And how wonderful a little break must have been!!!

Andrea said...

this was such, is Such a sweet post.. I could seriously read your post all day, your writing is so effortless.. I totally hear you about change, I am So happy for you and your sweet family, There are Great things to come for you guys! You guys totally deserve it!! Awesome news about Ryan,, I had no idea you were testing for autism.. Who wanted this? his doctors? He TOTALLY does not have autism.. That would have been annoying to hear if your doctor said that.. I could totally tell you he did not have it, but.. Iam just me... A mom of a kid with Autism.. There are thousands of sides of autism though, so.. YOu are a great momma for doing the very best for your guy, It's hard I know.. but all your hard work will be so worth it, Keep up with the Sign.. This is Great!! Speech will come... :)
Hugs.. great pics Too

Jency and Joey said...

So great that you got to have a "time out". I love those! The good ones at least ;)

MOVE TO UTAH, MOVE TO UTAH! Or Idaho, I'm not too picky :)

I am so glad he is Autism free. I have been praying for you guys. He is such a smart boy. You are very blessed!

Foster care is hard but can be very rewarding. That's how Chris (my brother) and his wife were able to adopt Jasmine as a safe haven baby. And they even got paid for it! She's adorable.

Love the pictures.

Love you.

Love, Jency

Anonymous said...

Oh how you are embracing change! That is AWEsome. It can be hard at times to deal with so much change but it can also be incredible. Getting through struggles can make relationships and families even stronger.
So glad to hear about your little man!
Great photos.

Courtney said...

So happy to hear the good news about your sweet little boy. I look forward to reading about the changes coming your way...and the addition to the family that is to come. ;-)

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