A Missing Mary…..

So some people do Elf on the Shelf this time of year. We never had. I kind of think the elf is creeping looking. Instead we have a missing Mary. Yes, Mary has left the stable and is missing in our house. Joseph, the wise men (for some reason we only have 2?), baby Jesus,…

Coppelia’s Christmas Package 

With Coppelia we aren’t allowed to send monthly packages like we have been for Paxton or like we did for Edric. But in the summer I had asked if I could send a Christmas pacakge and was told then that I could. And so I did. It ended up being a lot of clothes with…

Oh Christmas Tree…..

The adventures of our trees. Our first few years of marriage we cut down our own tree. It was fun and romantic (and FREEZING) and I was always amazed at how what looked like a very full and beautiful tree in the forrest somehow looked more like a fat stick with a few branches by…

Attachment and Holidays

I was pretty sure that the holidays might throw Edric for a loop and it did. I don’t think I anticipated the extent of the setbacks that we saw, but I’m glad I had read other blogs talking about stresses and changes for little ones recently home can be really tough. We were at least…

Basement Building

We have three very active boys. VERY ACTIVE. There is a reason that they are all in gymnastics (Edric will start officially next week), they get to run, jump, climb, hang, spin, and everything else over safe mats and with a coach watching and helping along the way. They also sleep VERY well the night…

Anticipated Wait

We wait for a lot of things in life. And time seems to stand still sometimes during those waits. Christmas is a time to stop and slow down and reflect on the wait that the Israelites had for their Messiah that had been promised and foretold years and years and generations before. Trying to take…

3 Months…And Turning the Corner

Today marks 3 months home. It also marks 2 years since we sat in our agency office signing paperwork to make Edric ours. Did we have any idea what the journey was going to look like 2 years later- no, but who does when you sign on to this thing called parenting. It is far…

Oh Christmas Tree…

Sorry I have been missing the past few weeks. Our house has been hit by some nasty bug, and I think we are finally getting on top of it, but it has been ROUGH. And I usually luck out and skip out on whatever everyone is passing around since I am exposed to everything and…

Edric’s Christmas Package

Twice a year we get to send a big package to Edric JoonSoo, at his birthday and at Christmas. I’ve gotten quite good at stuffing things into a zip lock baggie, so I was ready to stuff a box full of stuff for our little guy. Boxes are much easier to pack clothes in, especially…

Armstrong Christmas Letter 2014

So yeah. I have a number of beautiful Christmas cards hung around my fire place and have read a number of sweet Christmas letters that have made me smile, but alas we are a week from Christmas and I haven’t made or sent mine out yet. I think this makes at least 2 years in…

Ladybugs in December

So I had promised not to make every post about a specific month, and I’ve included a couple this week that are not month specific, but here I am again. This started out as a simple question while making lunch for the boys a couple of days ago. I was really planning on much of…

Lego Fire

For Christmas Leighton got a Lego Firehouse. And not just any Lego Firehouse, a Lego Firehouse that came with 753 pieces to be exact. He was so excited after he opened it Christmas morning he didn’t want to do anything else. It was so fun to watch his little eyes light up. And so he…