The Only Thing That is Constant is Change

If you'd ask me how we're doing on any given day of the last month, I'd say, "We're adjusting!"

Lucie + Daddy Day on the day before school started!

Lucie + Daddy Day on the day before school started!

This month has brought about a lot of change in a short amount of time. Lucie started School. We're adjusting to the new schedule. She goes everyday for the full day. Aly picks her up and then we're all usually home by dinner so that we can spend it together as a family. There are a few days during the week where Lucie and I are eating before Rob gets home or Lucie and Rob eat together a little early before he has to go back out to coach again (on that note, it was exciting that an article was posted on New York Family's website about Huddle Up NYC).

We're adjusting to how best to communicate with the teachers and therapists at Lucie's school so that we know how she's doing and what we can do at home to bring continuity. Overall, we can tell Lucie really enjoys it because she sings a new song everyday (sometimes in Spanish, too!) and when it's time to go to school on Monday's, she is the first one standing at the door saying, "Are you ready?"

We're adjusting to potty training. We have Daniel Tiger songs stuck in our heads all the time... If you have to go potty, stop, and go right away! I made up new words to Can't Stop the Feeling, "Weird-Al-Style", with a parody about pottying! Lucie loves this version, even if she doesn't follow it all the way just yet.

Lucie's First Day of Preschool!

Lucie's First Day of Preschool!

Lucie had surgery last week. It was an outpatient procedure to replace her ear tubes and to remove a cyst from the base of her tongue. She had the same ear tube procedure last year and it was a pretty easy recovery. This time around, it was a tougher recovery due to the cyst removal. Lucie's mouth really hurt after the surgery, so we had lots of smoothies, ice cream and softer foods like pancakes to help! Thankfuly, we could tell right away that her balance improved a ton from the new ear tubes.

In the midst of all that, we managed to head out of the city for an Apple Picking adventure; play Kubb in Central Park with a handmade set from Donna; experience Lucie at a photo shoot for Gap Kids Instagram, and celebrate our friends having a baby!!

We're praying to be able to continue to carve out time each week where we can all connect and spend intentional time together and to also find pockets of time during the week, even though it's so busy.

Throught this time, three Major Hurricanes impacted our families within three weeks of each other, one devastating the island we all love and displacing thousands of people. I read this quote, posted by a friend of a friend of a friend who lost her home due to the flooding in Houston.

It is very easy for us to speak and theorize about faith, but God often casts us into crucibles to try our gold, and to separate it from the dross and alloy. Oh, happy are we if the hurricanes that ripple life’s unquiet sea have the effect of making Jesus more precious. Better the storm with Christ than the smooth waters without Him.
— J.R. Madcuff

I personally agree, when we faced the storm of Lucie being born a micro-preemie, I repeatedly felt that I wouldn't have been able to go through it without Jesus. We all go through life and face literal and figurative storms, facing them with Jesus helps so much. Reading this quote comforted my anxious heart and mind. I am still thinking of Puerto Rico daily, praying for those on the Island, praying for those that have come stateside, praying for those who long to be there now (like me). Praying that the relief efforts in Puerto Rico will not grow weary, and that people won't forget about what is going on down there in the weeks and months to come.

Lots and lots of ch-ch-ch-changes!


Los Hicksons