The Family

This is my family...I know, the picture is a couple of years old.  I will update it soon with the one we just had taken.  Speaking of that...that would make a great post!  Anyway, to the subject at hand...

This is Nicholas.  He's my birthday baby.  He was born on my 25th birthday, much to my dismay.  That day was mine, fair and square!  But a nice side affect is that I am forever 25 now, since he took my birthday!  :-)  Nicholas has always been a really curious boy.  He's always asking the hardest questions!  He loves to read nonfiction books.  Nicholas was diagnosed with ADHD and placed in the gifted program in the 3rd grade.  He just started middle school and we were faced with needing to get his medication tweaked and finding ways to help him learn to deal with this.  Wading through lots of frustration, I think we are on the upside!

Nicholas loves video games and has a very vivid imagination that he uses to make up stories on a daily basis, much to our delight!  Nicholas is a blast to be around.  He's caring and sensitive.  He would do just about anything to help someone out.  He's a super big brother as well.

This is Wesley.  Wesley is my "long tried for" baby.  We had all but given up when he decided to grace us with his presence.  Wesley has always been our problem child.  He was in the hospital at 4 weeks old with RSV.  We dealt with asthma, pneumonia, and ear infections during the first year of his life and then speech issues during the second year.  He was diagnosed with Autism Disorder just after his second birthday.  He's been in some sort of therapy since he was 16 months old.  He's 7 now.  He has really come a long way.  He attended a special needs preschool class with a fantastic teacher when he turned 3, and is now in the first grade.  He also goes to outside therapy three times a week.  Here is a post that goes through lots of background with here.  

All that being said...Wesley is an awesome boy!  He's a funny guy!  Loves to make you laugh, and his giggle is absolutely contagious!  Wesley loves to jump on his trampoline and play video games, anything Mario is his absolute favorite.  He's not quite got the hang of that whole sharing thing though!

And last, but most certainly NOT least, is my absolutely fabulous husband, Rich.  I am so very lucky to be married to my best friend.  We have been married for 14 years now.  Seems like forever and no time at all.  Rich and I have been through a lot.  But we have leaned on God together and have been brought even closer through everything.  

Rich is everything to do with guitars.  He's a professional musician, he's a teacher, and he's a luthier.  He blows my socks off with the knowledge he has about guitars in his head!  He plays with some great people in the band UnderShelter.  They RAWK!!  He's also on staff at Kingwood Christian Fellowship church.  He has a shop in our basement that he's building his guitars in.  His business, Agape Guitars,  is growing!  He makes some beautiful stuff!  Check it out!  He does all this for 2 reasons.  First, because he loves it.  But second, so I can stay home.  Wesley's therapy appointments are hard to work around, so he works a ton so I can stay home and take care of all that.  Rich loves me more than I can imagine.  He makes sure I know that every single day.  What more could I ask for?

So, this is my family.  Stick around and you will find out more about our life!