Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rock Bottom

There's supposed to be a point in your trials when they get so bad/hard that "it can only go uphill from here." Over the last year and a half I've thought I hit that point many, many times...and then it gets worse. I'm happy to announce that we must have hit rock bottom because something has finally gotten better. I've been offered a job as an after-school tutor in partnership with a local school district. I tell you--it's hard to find a part-time, after-school-hours, flexible-start-time kind of job to fit our family's schedule. This one isn't very many hours but I'm really excited to use my teaching experience and have a job again.

And I guess I've never really been at rock bottom since I've always had this lil' cutie pie with me. The biggest change I've noticed over the fast few weeks is hard to show in pictures because it's a lot of cognitive development. I'm realizing that even though Evan doesn't point to things or repeat words he actually does understand some things and can show it by looking at the object or responding to the command. The two words I know he knows for sure are "ball" and "clap." It's so fun to interact with him and feel like there is mutual understanding. He is one funny kid with a whole lot of personality.

Blowing raspberries during church is one of Evan's favorite things to do
Evan tried on cousin Maya's skinny jeans to look more like Uncle Austin

One night Evan discovered the wipes and started pulling them out one by one. Isaiah and I just started laughing and I said, "Oh no, we're at that stage." I'm excited.
Notice the guitar leg warmers...they were $3 online and work dual-y to keep his kinesio tape on and to protect his legs while he crawls around
We got this adorable sleeper (size 2T) from the Schetselaar's when Evan was a tiny preemie and I remember thinking, "What?! He's NEVER going to fit into this HUGE thing!" And now he does. :)
Independent standing--a little bit at a time. This makes me SO happy!!


  1. One, that is a lot of raspberries.
    Two, Uncle Austin - leg warmers = hilarious.
    Three, congratulations on the job, that sounds awesome.

  2. Hooray for your job! I'm happy to hear that things are starting to look up, and that this job fits your needs and skills so well. Good luck!