Dear Mrs. Sue,
I can't believe it's been this long since we last spoke. There's so much I need to tell you, so much has happened since then. The children are growing up incredibly fast! There are days that I'm not sure I can keep up with them. I know you would laugh at our crazy life. But I'm not complaining. I'm actually thankful with every breath I breathe, despite the fact that there are days when we are running in all kinds of directions! I know if you were here, you'd love being a part of every bit of it!
John Owen is almost as tall as me...I can rest my chin on his head!! Seems like yesterday we were laughing at his first drink of soda at your house and the funny reaction he had to the carbonation. "Sip...AHH" Then we'd all laugh and he would smile big and do it again! And now, he's getting ready to start 6th grade AND MIDDLE SCHOOL!! (He'll be fine, but I'm not so sure I will be.) He looks so much like Jan, and anyone who has known Jan Wade for years comments on how much he favors his dad. I know that makes you smile. He's such a great swimmer and won 1st place in the 3 events he swam in at last night's swim meet in Dyersburg. He just skims right across the top of that water! This past year, he was in student council and the honor choir at school and he loves to volunteer/help with pretty much anything. Many people say he's quiet, and he is, but he's not too reserved. I think he has a great sense of humor, and his teachers have agreed. He just turned 12 and surprised me when he WANTED to try out for a speaking part in the church musical. He did such a great job as the 1920's character, C.W. Worthington. He still into Pokemon, LEGOS, video games, and his current
Jonah is almost 10! Remember when he gave you such fits as a toddler? Yeah, good times...:) He is tough, and he has grown into such a sweet, smart boy. (Kinda reminds me of Jan in a lot of ways...tough on the outside, but very sensitive and loving.) He is very much into his HAIR, which makes us all laugh. He'll spend time in the mornings fixing his hair in my bathroom until he gets it JUST RIGHT. All I keep thinking is, those girls better watch out! :) I don't think I've told you he was diagnosed with asthma, but despite the asthma, this kid runs races and actually runs fast! He left us all in the dust on a recent trail race. Even Doc Conley said he's good, and I know you know that means something. Jonah was our first child to have to stay overnight in the hospital (remember the tonsillectomy followed by the abscessed lymph node?) and he's our first child to break a bone. Yep, happened this past April 25th. That's right, on John Owen's birthday...while rough housing with the boys at the birthday party. Thankfully, it was only a very small fracture in his finger.
He's still quite the finicky eater you might remember, but he's very close to the same size as John Owen. Not quite as tall, but almost weighs pound for pound the same. Somehow, I don't think that surprises you. He's solid as a rock and pretty strong. This year, he has discovered a love of ART! His art teacher says he's got talent, so hopefully, he'll stick with it. Jonah is funny, but in a slightly different way than John Owen. Jonah says the funniest things and will often puch away his brother and sister when they hug me and say, "That's MY Momma!" Somehow, I think I remember you telling me stories of Jan as a child and his jealousy when it came to someone hugging you. I am so glad you shared so many stories about Jan when he was growing up. I see so many of the same qualities in all 3 of the kids, and it makes my heart happy. Isn't this painting of the bluejay great? We have made a wall in his room his art gallery! He loves it!
And, believe it or not, Mary Claire just turned 7! She has probably changed the most since we last spoke. Oh my goodness, she is a ball of FUN! Full of personality and just the most beautiful little girl! (Of course, we would be a little bit partial, right? :) Do you remember what you said to me as we talked on the phone after the docttors told me the scary things associated with her cortical dysplasia diagnosis? I think often about your reassurance that she was going to be just fine and that you BELIEVED she'd be fine, no matter what the doctors told me. Our relationship was never a strong one, but it was at that time that I truly believe our connection reached a turning point. Oh, how I wish you could have seen Mary Claire in her dance recital about a month ago! I love to watch her dance, and she loves to dance in the kitchen while I work.
Jan is just a little bit smitten with her...
And I am totally o.k. with that.
She just graduated from Kindergarten! Her teacher said she reads great, and we are working on math skills. Even on summer break, we are working on math!!
She is on the swim team with her brothers and is steadily improving. She played Upward Basketball this year and I think we learned that she does better when I'm NOT coaching her team! :)Mary Claire is VERY social, and never meets a stranger. Sound like anybody you know? ;) Little Jan...
P.S. I bought a special 2 liter drink at the store yesterday, so today, we are all going to enjoy a glass of FANTA grape drink and remember the times we sat in your kitchen drinking "the purple stuff". CHEERS!