I once heard a speaker ask a room full of moms to date their page. She then went on to say that they didn’t have to know the exact date, or day, or even the month, just the season would be good enough. Ha-ain’t that the truth when you have children! It especially feels like that with the blog since having little miss V. (as I am one-hand typing now and she is grasping at the keyboard and babbling in her teeniest little voice). So this season of the Ingram life is Fall, and it is freaking beautiful.
at the pumpkin patch getting 4 pumpkins for my 4 beautiful little children
Living physically without one of your children is so hard. The day above was wonderful-one of the best days I have ever had with my children-but the amount of times I thought and longed for Trek throughout that day was innumerable. It’s our family’s new normal without Trek, bright sunny days, but always a little overcast with his very intensely felt absense.
when my sister took this picture of us, all I could think about was when she took this one 3 years ago in Maui (she even said something when she was taking the picture too)
us with Trek pumpkin picking in Maui
I looked back and I did a blog post on this trip with Trek (before he was diagnosed and we were blissfully unaware), and amazing thing, I posted it on October 20th! Exactly 3 years ago today.
Speaking of Trek-he is a little sheep! Our friend Quinn (who also had NPA) is doing an amazing fundraiser through her foundation. Auburn University has been doing research on sheep infected with Tay Sachs (a VERY closely related disease to NPA). They have increased the sheeps’ lifespan by 57%! How amazing in the way of treatment for rare diseases. If you want to donate to help keep this program going you can find out more here!
big brothers picking out Trek’s and Vesper’s pumpkins
Trek’s 1st pumpkin!
riding in the trailer to the corn maze
Peyton, Conner, and cousin Jackson as corn
Peyton 9 years, Conner 7 years
their first pumpkin patch in Maui 5 years and 3 years old:)
they also had a flower cutting garden which was amazing and our favorite part!
my sister and some of our homeschool group picking flowers
Conner and Peyton were picking flowers for a special project. They did not tell me what it was until we go home.
when we got home, the boys made their own vases and made little shrines for Trek in their room-it made me teary and was so sweet (Peyton’s above)
Conner’s Trek shrine, complete with the geodes we made the other day, and the photo album I made for them with Trek’s pictures in it
cousins 3 years ago, I still can’t believe my sister and I have gotten to do so much boy raising together:) (and now a girl!)
We have enjoyed the fresh flowers so much around the house. The boys helped me make a special flower food and they are still looking pretty! We have been outdoors more now that the Texas heat has died down and most of the dang mosquitoes are gone. We also have been baking a lot since the house does not heat up so much. It has been so fun. The boys are extremely helpful at this age-its amazing and we have lots of good times together.
helping me chop and roast some vegetables (which they amazingly like now!)
For part of homeschool the other day we watched a cooking show (ok, I really wanted to watch it, so it became homeschool-hehe). And after, Conner went into full Emeril mode. He just HAD to make us dessert for dinner and when I pulled out a cook book he came and took it from me, closed it, and said, “Mom, we are just doing what tastes good to us.”
So he dumped a bunch of berries in sauce pan and added heavy cream and sugar and the rest was history.
Vesper was even so sweet and played the entire time so I could help Conner (when needed or he let me:)
he had a grand vision for a berry sauce that included coffee, chocolate, sugar and milk (it was pretty amazing I must say).
He was extremely proud of his berry tarts with chocolate-coffee sauce and homemade whip cream! Yum-it was sooooo good! I was so proud and impressed.
Conner catching me changing Vesper’s diaper (one of the many pictures I found on my camera)
his first selfie (hehe)
We live a few streets away from the Gulf of Mexico. It is so beautiful all the time, but the fall has a calm aura that draws us to it. It’s so peaceful and breezy and make you want to run and find a million sea shells! On Jarrett’s day off last week, we decided to do a marked coastal walk about 20 miles down from our house. We wanted to find a secluded spot, so we drove until we found one. Its our new skinny dipping spot!!! (just kidding…I think)
Conner taking pictures of a scissor tail bird he found
we found some amazing sea shells, it was such a nice morning.
I hope your fall is starting off wonderful. With lots of pumpkins and coffee and maybe even some coffee-chocolate-berry tarts:)
so much love, Chelsea