Eleven

Eleven

Yesterday was Ty's 11th birthday.  I wanted to write a post all day but never had a moment to do it.  So many people wrote me notes of encouragement.  It meant so much to know that so many of you care.  I know he has been gone since he was four.  I know that it has been six and a half years.  I know how to deal with my grief now.  I know that I have to focus on the eternal instead of the here and now.  That is honestly how I get through.  It isn't an act or just something I do.  I … [Read more...]

My Grandpa

My Grandpa

My Grandpa...  What can I say about a man who has influence my life in so many ways?  Where do I even begin? Growing up, we always lived about five hours away from him and Grandma, so we didn't get up to see them as much as I would have liked.  I long to have had a much deeper relationship with this man that I so love, admire and respect, but that is for another time and another place.  We probably saw them about twice a year, and  I loved going to his house.  I loved the smell of … [Read more...]

Two

Two

My two-year-old is crazy!  He is the fifth two-year-old we have had in the Thyng household and is BY FAR the most insane.  He just loves life.  That's all there is to it.  On a daily, no, hourly basis he is doing something hilarious that makes me laugh uncontrollably.  I could tell story after story about my sweet little giggle monster today, but have decided to go with one that just topped them all this past week. For a boy, Elijah is impressive in the potty-training department.  I … [Read more...]

I’ll Be There Singing

I’ll Be There Singing

Sometimes the sorrow overwhelms me.  It isn't often anymore that I don't think I can take another breath here on this earth, but right now, I don't know how I can.  I have kept my emotions at bay as best as I can all day.  But now the house is silent except for the sounds of the sweet breaths of my little ones, and now the anguish is in control.  I miss him.  I don't have words today. It is Father's Day, and I can never express how grateful I am, how thankful I am to my Father, my God, … [Read more...]

My Journey

My Journey

I am so thankful that God gave me my children.  They are all so unique in their own way, and I just love each of them.  Claire turned six this week.  The night before her birthday, I sat with her and Kate and told them the story of when Claire was born.  It is fun how quickly those memories come back... a long Sunday of pain and excitement after endless months of waiting turned into an early Monday morning surprise when our baby was a girl!  I have such vivid memories of those … [Read more...]

The Wheel

The Wheel

I am just like a hamster.  This past year, and really ever since we moved back to America, I feel like I jumped on this wheel that we call life and started running.  I did really well for a while, and I looked really cute as I strutted my stuff.  But then that wheel started spinning way too fast, and I just got caught in the wheel.  I am sure I look ridiculous, just as all hamsters do when they are flying out of control around the wheel.  I want to get off but know that I can't and really … [Read more...]

Five Years

Five Years

Ever since Ty went to Heaven July 25, 2008, I have dreaded the month of July.  As June ends every year, I know what is coming next.  I know I have to go through the Fourth of July.  I have some beautiful memories of Tyler that last year he was with us on the Fourth, and it still pains me not to have him with me each year at that time.  After being in PNG for many Independence Day celebrations, he had just really enjoyed being in America for a boat parade, a parade downtown, fireworks on the … [Read more...]

My Less Than Perfect Life

My Less Than Perfect Life

I just got on our website for the first time today in three months!  I can't even believe that it has been that long.  It seems like things just got extremely crazy for us after we moved into our new house.  It is all kind of a blur! So, the question is... Why haven't I posted in so long? I think I could come up with a billion excuses.  Some of them are good, and some, not so good. 1.  Our house happened.  Unpacking a 20 foot container of goods that had been stored for over a year … [Read more...]

Moving

Moving

We've had a lot of moves in the last year.  You're not gonna believe this! Move #1:  PNG to America.  We came back to America, planning to stay for a year of home ministry before heading back to PNG.  Before we left, all of our "stuff" got stuffed into a 20 foot container.  It was a lot of work.  We put it all in there mainly for security reasons.  An empty house full of goodies is too much of a temptation there.  Then...  I took my very pregnant self and three kiddos across the … [Read more...]

Answered Prayer

Answered Prayer

We've had a week of some "yes" answers from God to our prayers.  I just have to share. :) We bought a house last month,  and we have been working around the clock to finish the renovations on it so that we can move in.  We have a goal to unpack our container and move in next weekend, Easter weekend.  However... Renovating a house is intense work.  Each area we work in has a billion problems of its own that we were not expecting.  We are just ready to be done with this place, even enough … [Read more...]