Oh the joy!

     The struggles with Sebastian weaning, that disrupting his sleep, and consequently, that disrupting my sleep, have been a challenge.  But then I only have to look at him and I soften and coo at him.  He is so, so precious.
     It is amazing how well the older children are doing.  Jacob has gained 10 pounds in 2 months, is chasing a 4.0 in school, and his newspaper is taking off among his peers.  He is so happy and confident.  It is such a joy.
     Mary, too, is adjusting to school so well.  She is thriving.  She looks so beautiful.
     The wondrous thing about being a mother is how hard it is everyday, and yet how that struggle gives way to new life that is breathtaking.