Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Caleb's Corner

I was struggling to find a good picture of Caleb alone that was not too far away for his update--so you get both my handsome guys at once!

And you can tell from Caleb's face how much he likes being around his brother!

Caleb is very excited to finish his 5th grade year of school.  This year he also took a writing class at the local elementary school which will end this week.

He will be taking Jujitsu classes this summer as well as going to some football camps and VBS's, maybe even as a helper this year.

He has just gone through a major growth spurt and left his little sister behind by a couple of inches.  He is now wearing men's shoes and his older brother's hand-me-downs.  I am loosing my boy and gaining a pre-teen.

If I can ever figure out how to upload it, I will put his amazing performance of "normal hair" on here.  We are definitely looking into drama classes for next year.

We are still struggling with finding out what motivates Caleb to give his best at most anything he does.  He seems to be content with mediocrity in all he does.  Trying to decipher if that is all he thinks he can do, or all he thinks he is worth, or if he is that afraid of failing.  I am sure there is a mix of lots of things, but we know he is capable of more than he shows much of the time.

He is an awesome big brother to Hannah and very protective of her, so much so that we are trying to teach him to let her do and try things on her own.  It is very hard for him to think she might make a mistake too.

As you can see from what I have just said, his PTSD is definitely showing.  I was doing some reading recently that said it will usually have a spike in puberty--fun, fun! 

Ya, that is a lot of what we think we are seeing. 

Even that things are exasperated after he has seen his older siblings and they leave again.  I am sure it triggers abandonment feelings.

Oh the pain that children from hard places carry.

Isn't it good to know that God is so much bigger than all our pain, sorrows, and memories.

That He comes to heal and renew.

We cling to that promise and cover all our treasures with prayer towards that end.