Thursday, September 11, 2008

Update and some pictures too!

Hola! I thought I should update because I haven't in a while. Lets see...
Owen is doing really well and is already over 3 months old! He's so handsome and such a delight. I'm overwhelmed with love for him all the time and it makes me so happy. Of course Malachy continues to be the joy of my life as well and is always amusing me and exhausting me. I feel so blessed to have this time with them and never want it to end.

Mark and I are still struggling financialy. Mark continues to work 7 days a week and it is tring on us. I try and have hope knowing that this is only a season in our lives and will pass. However lately I have had a hard time believing it will pass. I'm trying to remain hopeful. =) Mark continues to be an amazing husband and I'm so thankful for him! We had an amazing time in Iowa and really enjoyed seeing the family there! Mark hopes to go back for his 30th birthday in November. I'm all for it if we can come up with the $270 in gas it takes to get there and back! I also have to start thinking about a birthday party for my little Malachy! I love birthday parties. =)

Moms had a hard month and I feel really sad for her. The worst of course was that Uncle Si died. Somewhat unepectantly and that was hard. Uncle Si was the brother that "found" Mom and I know that was very special for her. Growing up as an orphan it was important to her to have family that wanted her and Si did! He loved Mom alot and carried her picture in his wallet all those years till he found her. I will never forget the joy it brought Mom and how fun it was when they all came from Florida to stay with us for a week. It was one of the happiest times in our family for sure! I remember we stayed up late while Mom and Si played guitar and Si told us ghost stories! Sally made us yummy dinners and they taught us how to really be prepared for storms!

Si's passing came right after Kim had a miscarriage which was pretty devastating for all of us. It was a scary day and very emotional. Poor Kim was heartbroken and we were heartbroken for her and for ourselves because we of course were all looking forward to meeting this little baby. Kim is still grieving but is doing well. She is so brave and I admire her so much.

Mom made the decision to postpone her classes in order to be more available during this time. I know that was a disapointment for her. But it is another testament of her love for all of us and her desire to put family first. I know we are all greatful for her love and care and our looking forward to her getting her classes started next semister!

Dad seems to be doing well but his job seems tedious, long, and unpleasent. I'm hoping it ends soon because I barely see him and when I do he looks exhausted! I know he was pleased Notre Dame won this past week though!

Marks Mom is in Russia again so that is exciting! We only got to see her 1 day when we went to Iowa but it was a fun day! And we are happy that she still has the oppourtunity to serve Jesus and the Russian people because we know it brings her much joy and fullfillment! =)

I guess that is it...


Valerie said...

Cute pictures Steph

lauren said...

the first photo, of Mal and Owen, is precious.

Kimberly Cangelosi said...

I'm really proud of you and Mark. You guys are raising a beautiful family and it's been so cool to watch you grow through all of the excitement of the last few years.

Andy said...

Good post, Steffie.

Did you have to wait til late at night to have the peace and quiet you needed to fill us all in?

Your boys are beautiful, and Mark continues to earn all our respect with his hard work and dedication.

Janett Sue said...

Sweet sweet pictures!
You said all that so well Stef. Am I the only one who spells your name that way? Maybe Daddy.
One day you will look back and you will remember what a struggle life was but mostly you will remember what a joy it was being with the boys and Mark and how the struggles made you grow in ways you never expected. I love you!

Crystal said...

WOW, sweet new blog look! ;)

Valerie said...

Ok Steph
It's almost October. Where is the new post? You must do more facebook and less blog??? I think I am the opposite. I never go to facebook.

Steve & Sara said...

I love, love LOVE the new layout!!!! How did you do that?? I love the first picture too of Mal and Owen!!! They are just TOO CUTE!!!