Another year has gone by, and wow, what a year! The boys are growing too much, too fast! They keep us busy and are so sweet, kind, loving, yadda yadda ......of course, I am their mother, so I think they are amazing! And truth be told, they really are. There are a few hurdles we still come across, and this year was no exception. That very cute, responsible 10 year old (Kaden)...well he has entered this new phase called "I think I am always right". Which, I swear was inherited from his father, because his mother KNOWS she is always right, so as soon as he builds that self confidence enough, we will have our next president! At least once a week, we get to have an apology session, which is great in two ways: 1. We learn to be humble and both his frustrated parents and him get to apologize for not-nice attitudes and strategically work together to form a plan of action, in how we can be kinder and wiser in our words and actions. 2. In addition to all that sweetly smart babble, we have dusted base boards, matched socks, and very clean windows, due to all the extra chores done by children in trouble! Don't let him fool you though, he is insanely smart; very efficient in his Chinese fluency, which aided greatly in him being the translator for the recent Chinese foreign exchange student we recently hosted; his is killing it on the soccer field, with Olympic dreams in the near future; and he would die for his little brother. On his way out, though, said brother would definitely receive his fair share of grief and teasing! In regards to this little brother (Kross), he is truly adorable! I always say he has Nutella running in his veins, accompanied with Christmas spirit and a love of snuggles. Speaking of Nutella, this boy can make a mean Nutella sandwich, but CANNOT wipe his own bottom, to save his life! To all you new parents looking forward to potty training, you only truly win, when your littles can wipe their own tooshes! Until then, you are still in the depths of hell, where little people yell from the bathroom, "MOM!!! Come wipe me!! I am done!!!" at all hours of the day and night! I can't wait for his wedding day, when I can share beautiful bathroom pictures with a crowd! I also can't wait for the day, when in my old age I can yell, "SON!!! Come wipe me!! I am done!!". Pay back is coming - anything worth while, takes time! We do know, that he will be the one to take care of us in our older years, as he truly has a very kind and caring heart! He loves people and counts some of his best friends, people in their 30s and 40s, which is totally fine with me! He loves to sing, loves preschool, and connects with everyone! He will easily have a 20 minute conversation with you, even when you don't have 20 minutes! Both these boys have our hearts and keep us busy! They put up with their parents' crazy, pretty well. And if only one of them needs therapy when they enter adulthood, well then, we can pat ourselves on the back in light of our great parenting skills! 50/50 is pretty good! Job well done! In regards to those crazy parents, well Patrick does nothing wrong! His socks always make it into the hamper, and thank God for the magic fairy that turns off all the lights, shuts the cabinet doors, and picks up all the random man-stuff around the house, or his wife would loose her ever-loving mind! Right?! Like, get real! Fight club happens at least once a month, and the winner usually is the last one who did the laundry, so...noone! In all honesty though, we truly adore each other. This year has pushed us and stretched us, which also means we have grown in so many aspects! One of our biggest jumps, has been that Patrick started his own Electrical Firm. While it was scary at times, leaving the continuity of his really great job, he has been fruitful! In all the craziness entrepreneurship brings, God has been faithful. Making our careers work for our lives, instead of our lives work for our careers, has always been our goal, leaving room for lots of traveling and fun, and enjoyment! And Patrick only bugs his wife a little with the dirt bikes, gear, boating accessories, hunting attire, wire, equipment, all. the. stuff. in their garage. And his wife, you ask? Well, she is staying busy with family life, church life, work life, soccer life, school life....life in general. But in all things, I still get to do what I love, serve people. Whether it is our own family or strangers, we have always said "there is always room." Our house is a revolving door for anyone needing a meal, a bed, or a hug. We fully believe love happens over a dinner table, around a coffee table, and on couches playing cards. And that is how I like to keep it!
We are a messy bunch of people. Sometimes we yell, sometimes we play the silent game, sometimes we even hide each other's phones, "to focus on the more important things". But at all times, we love each other, we love Jesus, and we love His people. We are real. We make mistakes. But we also have victories, big and small. We celebrate each one. We celebrate each other. We give grace and the ever so hard, forgiveness. We love loud and big. We are the Lierd family. And we wish you a very Merry Christmas!