I started this blog back when Eliana was a baby and she is now 7 years old! A lot has changed in our lives since then and this blog captured much of it. Through blogging, I have met online friends and some have become true friends, whether I have met them in real life or not. I am going to continue blogging, but not here. This was my first blogging home and I am sad to say good-bye to it, but a series of events have transpired that contributed to my decision to shut down this site.
The domain name is up for renewal and has gone up in price. It is hosted on typepad, which has a monthly fee. But the main reason is that on this blog, in the archives are some very personal stories about my kids and with my book coming out, I don't want to potentially expose that to the public. Though this blog has always been public, it has never been listed in search engines and that has given me a measure of comfort.
If you live locally and would like to come to my book launch for That These Two Will Live in January, e-mail me at oursevenblessingsATgmailDOTcom and I'll send you an invite. If you don't live locally, but would like to order the book, you can find it here or on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters, etc. It will be in bookstores sometime in the New Year.
Before I sign off, a bit of what's new with our family:
Mackenzie is doing well. His grades at school are improving; he is doing well at work. He has been boxing with my brother Matt every week and is getting stronger and more confident. He is way taller than me now and just an inch or so shorter than Mark and closing that gap quickly.
Jonah is really enjoying school. He just told Mark the other day that he thinks that for him, starting this year was perfect timing. He is in hockey and makes us proud with how hard he works at hockey, school, and his job.
Gracelyn did really well in her gymnastics, skipping over five badges and completing the sixth badge! She is a natural. Her health is still an ongoing struggle, but her attitude is so positive and inspiring!
Josiah is doing really well too. He is such a sweetheart. He is in his glory right now because our printer broke and I gave it to him to take apart and Mark's brother gave him an old laptop to play with. He loves figuring out how things work. He also loves to read.
Elijah is also doing well, although the holidays are challenging for him. He is looking forward to playing baseball again in the Spring and we are planning to sign him up for a pitcher's camp before then.
Eliana is still our little drama queen. I have had to regularly tell her the story of the boy who cried wolf! She is loving life and still our little outdoor tree climbing barefoot girl.
Sedaya continues to want to help around the house (no complaints here) and has a cheerful disposition. She enjoyed gymnastics too, but more the social aspect of making new friends.
Homeschooling the younger five is going really well actually, though it has been a lot of time and work this year. I am learning at least as much as they are, especially about world history.
Mark is considering some changes at work for the New Year, but nothing has been decided yet. He will continue in the same career though. He has been on a health kick since he got back from his mountain biking trip to Moab, Utah this summer. He's been eating a lot of spinach and spinach and fruit smoothies and feeling much healthier. He's looking pretty hot!
This year was a pretty unusual one for me because of writing the e-book, the other book being published, and working on Adoption Magazine and my new blog. I also attended the FASD Conference in Calgary last month and took four other kids to Disneyland with my mom. It's been quite a year!
We are looking forward to spending some time with family and friends over the holidays. Our family wishes you all a blessed Christmas and all the best in 2012!