// An appointment for Jude in London brought big changes in our world! After seeing his surgeon, who was unhappy with some of the outcomes of his colostomy reversal, we were looking into possibly doing further corrective surgery but, after consulting with a colleague, it looks like we won't have to go that route! Thanks to the recommendations of a wonderful gastroenterologist and some diet additions and changes, we now have potty-trained 2 1/2 year old!! Can we get an amen?! Some days are still a bit of a struggle (making a strong-willed toddler eat and drink everything you put before him doesn't always go our way) but we really see how, down the road, when Jude understands the connection between what he eats/doesn't eat and how it affects his bowel control, that continency will definitely be possible for him. From the beginning, we had really been aware of the fact that Jude could eventually need a permanent colostomy, so this feels like such a victory! So thankful to the incredible doctors and amazing health care we have available to us. And loving having another little bottom in 'big boy onderbroeken' :)
// A sweater knit by my Opa VanVliet's mom. Seeing Katie snuggled in stitches made by her great-great grandmother makes my heart swell.
//Peonies, mock orange and spirea. I love collecting snippets of beauty from the gardens and bringing them in the house. Even if the flowerbeds are getting overgrown and in need of a serious weeding, the bouquets always look beautiful :)
// Mini Grandpa
// This climbing vine is slowly taking over. I've heard they're bad for the brick...but I love how they look!
//Tante Ada, close your eyes!! Our net-less trampoline with a tarzan rope just got even more fun (dangerous?) with the addition of a sprinkler underneath. Hours of wild, cool, and wet fun :)
//A hotdog party on the porch.
// Jude's first fishing trip with Daddy. Two very excited boys!
// A little unsure about this fishy business :)
//Dance classes at the Palmerston CRC
// Fishing trip for Dad's birthday. Two excited big boys :)
//Squeezing in a quick family picture in the canola before church...Pete loves when I ask him to do things like this. Good thing I have other admirable qualities that let me get away with requests like this :)
//Someone didn't get the memo that it's nap time!
//Home after a great night at the Twilight Meeting. Thanks for hosting, Rien & Anja, we had so much fun!