I See Change {CELEBRATE This Week: 140}

I’m glad you are here to celebrate! 

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The 2015-2016 school year is over for my kids. The are officially in grades: 5, 6, 7 and 9. This makes me officially a momma to big kids. I’m not sure when it happened. I know that’s what everyone says. 
I’m celebrating that they are growing up. There are less meltdowns and more moments of security. There are less pounding fists and stomping feet and more using words and walking away to calm down. There are less arguments and more doing the right thing.
There is more laughter.
If we use laughter to gauge our growth, then we have broken the scale. These kids have developed remarkable humor. Not a single one has the same sense of humor, but they each have developed their own humor and wit and sauciness and goofiness. 
I love it. 
It is easy to believe the lie that they aren’t healing, that things aren’t ever going to be okay, that maybe their history of hard will be a stumbling block for-always.
I gather up old photos, and I see change. I see survivors. I see courage. I see healing.
I celebrate that I get to be their forever mom.

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I’m looking forward to reading your celebrations!


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  1. Playing Skipbo, making Scotch-e-roos, and roasting marshmallows (instagram pic)…family fun! So great to see this page. Love that paragraph with the less of and more of. Blessings to you and your sweet family.

  2. Your kids are very lucky that they have you as a forever mom, too. Whenever you write about your children, your words are filled with such love and awe and hope. You inspire me!


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  4. Can't stop those hands of time from reaching out and grabbing the kids. Love your page, what a gift it will be to look back and remember.

  5. Congratulations to the forever family on their success and their Mom's continued pride in posting their celebrations. These lines make for a beautiful poem, Ruth:
    I gather up old photos,
    and I see change.
    I see survivors.
    I see courage.
    I see healing.
    I celebrate that
    I get to be
    their forever mom.

  6. Your children are big kids indeed! So lovely to hear about that laughter. I haven't been here in a few months. So happy to be back and celebrating.

  7. I can just imagine all their silliness, especially combined with yours and Andy's…like a big fruit salad – each one different, but altogether sweet!

  8. I love how you've captured the transition of your children over the year. I am envious that you are intentional about capturing these moments. I need to get better at this…thanks for inspiring me.

  9. God is so good.
    Love what you wrote “I gather up old photos, and I see change. I see survivors. I see courage. I see healing. I celebrate that I get to be their forever mom.”