I cannot believe how inattentive I can be sometimes. In my defense I am now taking care of two little boys and the toddler is very active. Still, I do believe it is long past due to give an update for family and friends on what’s going on in the lives of the Frenches.
Firstly, Kyle has completed basic training for the army and is currently in his third week at officer training school at Fort Benning, GA. We all traveled down to the Post for Graduation, and it was wonderful to have the family all together. It was the first time for Kyle to meet Ethan (almost 2 months old), and David was a leech to his Papa once he figured out who it was we had come to see. Kyle said that David almost made him cry when we had to leave to come back to TN because he kept asking for hugs and kisses before we left. Next week Kyle will be student commanding officer for the week and I’m still not sure what in the world that means and I don’t think that he does either. Please pray for him, the better he does during these student practice runs and with his academic and physical fitness tests, the more likely he is to get the branch of Army service that he would prefer to work in.
We will be going back down to visit Kyle on August 13th for branching day and for the picnic following. I believe that Alex will be driving down with us so that we can give Kyle a car. In order to let him have the Toyota, I will be looking for a new vehicle to haul the boys around in. I’m considering purchasing a Dodge Caravan and will be test driving one soon. We will also be going to go down for a full week when Kyle graduates from OCS and becomes a commissioned officer. I’m counting down the days to both events; I miss having my husband around.
Secondly, I am taking care of two wonderful little boys right now. Ethan was born on May 6th at the birth center here in Knoxville. I was in labor for 6 hours and Ethan was ready to come after camping for almost two weeks post dates. He and David look a lot alike except that Ethan makes Kyle faces a lot. Ethan is also a lot more laid back in personality. He is smiling a lot now and has started to giggle. Yesterday, he rolled over from tummy to back for the first time and it was so funny to see his surprised look after he did it.
David is a wonder. He is very loving towards Ethan, but I have to keep reminding him to be careful. Sometimes his “hugs” include belly flopping on his brother, but I’m not going to tell him not to give his brother hugs and kisses, or high fives and fist pounds. David knows all of his letters, numbers, colors and shapes and we are slowly working on beginning to read a bit and to potty train as well. I’m not going to push either of these activities because I want to have a willing participant.
Kyle and I will have been married for five years this coming Friday. I can’t believe how much has changed in that short amount of time and how much things are about to change again. I miss him horribly sometimes, but I am always able to remember that he wouldn’t be where he is if he didn’t love me and the boys and have a God given desire to provide for his family. I am thankful every day for the wonderful husband that the Lord has given to me and for the precious boys I have been charged to raise here at home. I pray that you all will continue to count your blessings as well.