Happy birthday, Aden and Hunter!
Aden wearing his birthday crown last year
Aden wearing it today
Hunter wearing her birthday crown last year
... and today
Normally there would be some long story, some observations here. But I have so much to fill everyone in on (job hunt, operation "fit me", horrid ankle sprain, freelance work, early intervention, and on and on and on) and I am bone weary tonight. Let's just say that being positive wears you out sometimes.
But it's worth it. Our kidlets are growing up. They're now little people with opinions and wants and likes and attitudes. It isn't smooth sailing. There are tantrums and outcries and stubborn moments. There is fear of strangers and of the dog barking when someone is at the door. There is frustration and curiosity going hand in hand.
And there's me and Mark, who want to do more than simply keep them alive. We want to nurture, encourage, and spark their curiosity. We want to teach them to not be afraid of the world but also to fear the right parts. We want to do right by them:
And I think we will. Mark certainly is. I have a little catching up to do.