{Time}…Where has it gone?!

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve written! I remember thinking that I needed to write last winter before baby Dex was born, but apparently, I completely spaced actually following through with that thought. {insert forehead slap here}

Well, I only have eight months to catch you up on…let’s dive in!

We welcomed our sweet baby Dex the end of March and we have been thoroughly enjoying him these past 6 months. After a rough couple of months – oh hey, infancy stage – he has become so sweet and happy. And I have come to understand why the youngest is the “spoiled” one. We do just about anything to keep him happy while we’re trying to keep track of the other two! I also remember having such a great set routine with EJ and while we have somewhat of a routine with Dex, we are forced to be flexible due to all of the activities that we have going on already. “We’ll just figure it out” has become my new motto.

After a wild summer with a family reunion {nice having all our projects getting done! *wink*}; a wonderful haying season due to some wonderful moisture that kept the fires at bay; our first sports activity was completed with EJ’s first tee-ball season in June and now we’re onto soccer! And the most exciting has been EJ starting pre-school. Well, exciting for him – Miles wasn’t too thrilled with that change and he’s still trying to figure out how to get on without his brother, but he’s working on it. I have had to remind myself to extend more patience to him as he’s trying to learn how to play by himself. And when he comes to me every 15 minutes or so, I work on enjoying his company instead of becoming exasperated by it. A huge work in progress, to be sure, but one I’m hoping to embrace more as the year goes on.

While everyone has appreciated a “wetter” summer than last summer, there have been a few disadvantages. Some of our wheat crops haven’t ripened yet, which pushes everything back…and back…and back; the feeling of being pushed past the normal timeline is always a bit unnerving, but the guys always get things to work out for the best. From harvest to seeding, to shipping calves, to working cows and then hopefully a few weeks of respite before winter settles in – which really only means working on the projects that they haven’t had time for –  there’s never a dull moment!

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Or never a “still” moment.

I have come to cherish any “still” moment I can find. Sometimes housework gets brushed off, sometimes laundry doesn’t get done {or we dig through the clean stuff that isn’t folded yet}, sometimes the dishes don’t get clean before I fall into bed, but I’ve decided that if I can just sit still for 10 minutes while everyone else is sleeping than I will choose that moment and not let myself feel bad about it.

Back to our update…we are all well here at the Volf Ranch. Work is hardly ever ceasing, unless we let it for a few moments to enjoy together every now and then; boy #3 simply means more laundry and eventually more food {give him another 4 or 5 months!} and probably more bumps and bruises this momma cares to count; and while we may feel like time is flying by, it’s teaching us to more fully enjoy and cherish the moments we make along the way {especially the ones we don’t even realize we’re making!}. Those moments may be fleeting to us, but…

“With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”     ~ 2 Peter 3:8-9

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