Thursday, May 28, 2015

new home sweet home

Last Wednesday, at one week old, sweet baby Ellis came home from the NICU and joined the crazy that is our little family. It was a precious day. We all went down to the hospital to pick him up (I had to stage a bit of a sit-in to get him dismissed early in the morning, but that's a different story). The "big kids" were so sweet and incredibly excited to bring him home. They couldn't get enough of him and wanted to hold him and talk to him and kiss him all day. Andrew and I were overjoyed to have our entire family united. Seeing my four children together brought a peace to my spirit that is simply inexplicable. And then the chaos returned.

The day after Ellis came home, we moved. We are thrilled to be in a home that we hope will be ours for many years, and the kids absolutely love their new house. The front yard is perfect for playing, and they can ride their scooters in the street which is a huge bonus when you are a preschooler. But moving comes with its own challenges. So now we are living with boxes as we get used to the new normal of four kids under four. We are still searching for many "essentials" and just re-buying others as we sort through this crazy period. And we are trying our best to remember how quickly this will pass in the grand scheme of life. Oh, and of course taking pictures so that we can actually recall these crazy days.

our beautiful boy moments after birth

meeting his crew

on the morning he was discharged--so peaceful

proud dad loading him in for the ride home

so excited

instant love

middle brother wants in on the fun


my loves

making sure dad does it right

sweet helper

not so sure about the madness

this big brother is the best hand holder

settling in

first bath at home

no more pictures, please


  1. It is a real blessing for you as you welcome your new baby home and into your family. It must be exciting for you as your family grows and as you all adjust to your new, more perfect home. It's great that there is such great yard space in which your children can play. There will be many happy years to come.

    Naomi Walters @ Chicora Real Estate

  2. Congratulations on the arrival of little Ellis to your new home! Lots of new faces for him to meet and greet, and a blessing for you to have all your children together to enjoy the occasion. Wishing little Ellis all the best going forward and looking forward to more pictures! May you stay long in your new home.

    Doyle Hunt @ Real East Van

  3. Having a strong affinity for a home helps a child with his/her development. A happy and pleasant home adds a number of wonderful memories to the child's mind. All of that is going to be remembered when the little one grows up. Those memories should help establish a stable adulthood. Good memories have good results. Well done for making right decisions.

    Julia Stewart @ Daytona Buyers Agent