I’m feeling a little, well, shall we say, introspective this morning.  I’m generally a pretty optimistic, happy with life kinda person.  Borderline unrealistic, as my husband likes to point out.  But I almost always look at a situation, and think that out of all the ways the situation could resolve itself, it’s almost always going to end ok.  So yah, maybe unrealistic, but guess what, I don’t mope about what could be.  But this morning was hard.  Blake is starting preschool next Tuesday, and this morning was the open house.  i didn’t have any illusions that he was going to be at all like his peers, but I just didn’t prepare myself for how different he would be.  His disability has not bothered me much up until this point.  The odd time, obviously, but for the most part, I’ve just accepted who he is and where he’s at.  I want to be the mom that realizes that he can do anything he wants to, it’ll just take him longer to get there.  But this morning, while the other kids were making towers with blocks, he was throwing the blocks.  While other kids were reading books, he was bear-walking out of the classroom and down the hall.  While other kids were drawing pictures, he was methodically rolling crayons off the table and onto the floor.  It just made his disability so obvious.  And it made me sad. 
But he was happy, he was social, and the teachers loved him!  And I know having a kid with Down syndrome is probably one of the best genetic disorders to have, if you could choose. :)  But sometimes you just wish he could do everything his friends are doing. 
Thanks for letting me get it out.  Because today the glass is half empty.

  • Ang

    {HUGS}ReplyCancel

  • Greta and Gary

    {HUGS} to you Jete!!! I know what that's like and some days you just have to let it out. But they will both get there in their own time. It may not be on our schedule but they will get there.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    It's good to let it out!!! But he's still the most precious one of the bunch, so there!!!

    Love ya all lots, you're the bravest mom and dad around…and I love you for it, hugs from pap and mom.ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    aww Jete! *hug* Blake is such a special boy and has brought much joy into peoples' lives! He is uniquely made by God and has a purpose on this earth as he is. When the going gets tough, remember to look to the Lord to give you strength. <3ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Cant imagine how difficult how it can be sometimes. But I couldn't be more thankful for Blake in our lives…he's perfect just the way he is. He is created by God, and HE never makes anything less than perfect.
    {hugs} for days you feel overwhelmed and discouraged…
    love, alice dvReplyCancel

In August, we hit our summer destination once again: Osoyoos BC.  What a beautiful place!!  We had gorgeous hot weather, and very little wind, which can get bad sometimes.  The kids were a wee bit not much fun, but did I mention how nice the weather was??  haha.  Always trying to look on the bright side.  Parker was up every morning around 5 or 6, and by up, I mean up for the day.  So in order to get Blake to sleep until a decent hour, one of us would have to pack lil P into the bike trailer or stroller and go for a nice looooong walk until the rest of the world woke up.  (The rest of the world does not, however, include Tom & Alice…)  And Blake was not his usual happy-to-play-by-himself kinda guy.  He was kinda whiny and not easy to entertain.  We are sooo glad we took the computer and he could watch his favorite signing movies!  Anyways, here are some snapshots of the trip.  Enjoy!

Haha, it’s been a while since I could do that!! │ Love me some baby toes
Playing with backlight, and tons of haze
Osoyoos at night
Coming back from a night cruise
Erik declaring his love for me…  ♥
Does this not define summer?!!
One of Erik’s MANY bicycle excursions
Entertainment pour les enfants
There are no words…
Hmmm, heartbreaker much??
My fave part of camping – good times around the fire
My little beach bum, eating sand.  I’m in the camp that says it’s good for the immune system…
on one of our 6am strolls to town.
Wine country!
The men partaking of a vigorous game of badminton
Just chillin!
Good night, Osoyoos.
  • Anonymous

    Beautiful pictures Jete, beautiful kids!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Moeder JansReplyCancel

  • Elena

    awesome pictures!! Especially love the one of the 2 boys on the bed in the trailer and the last one.
    ElenaReplyCancel

You might think these 2 adorable little girls look pretty sweet and innocent, right?  Well, they are. :)  But in addition to all the aforementioned attributes, they are also energetic.  Very energetic.  Especially the youngest one.  I got home and uploaded my pics, and I’m pretty sure 90% of the ones of her are of her back as she’s running away from me!!  But we had fun, I got a workout, and Mom and Dad ended up with a few pics – all in all, a total success!:)

  • Anonymous

    Awww…Jode….you guys are sooo cute =)

    StephReplyCancel

I had the distinct pleasure of being a 2nd shooter for the fabulous Andrea Devisser (http://www.andreadevisser.com/) on Friday for Ron & Tricia Goudswaard’s wedding!!  I haven’t started editing yet, but just wanted to share one image with you guys.  I believe it is my most powerful image to date, and I want to THANK YOU for wrangling it out of me!!  Also, my dear SIL, you are wonderful, and you did an amazing job.  Thanks for trusting me as your 2nd.
R&T, have a great time in Europe, and we will be praying for your dad.

  • Rachel

    woowwww jete!! that is a fabulously professional picture! so amazing! i love it!ReplyCancel

  • andreadevisser

    cheers & thanks to the most wonderfully hilarious second shooter. ever. it was a most beautiful & relaxed day! :)ReplyCancel

This 2 week old little guy was positively delicious.  And I loved meeting his parents as well – you guys were awesome! :)  I’m always pretty nervous going into a newborn shoot, since as most of you know, newborns can have their own agenda.  They can be on a complete schedule, so we book a time for when the baby is usually sleeping, and then I walk in the door, and it’s like, hello!!  Playtime!!  But he did so good, awake or asleep – such a sweet temperament.  So thanks again for having me L & J!!

  • Carmen

    Jete, these are absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • sharilyn

    Yum!!! But still totally done 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jenn

    I love these pics, Jete, especially the third one down on the right :) so preciousReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    How can this be anything but God's wonderful creation??

    …and Jetey, you have some awesoem God-given talent…

    Love Momsie PoesieReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    great pics Jete!

    Love RachelReplyCancel

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