The Catch All Post

Oh hey, blog! Is it just me or do six months just whizz by somehow?

Yes, this post is appropriately titled because it will, indeed, be a catch all post to update about our family and what we have been up to the last several months.

I was reading through my last post from July and I cannot believe how cute and little my boy was! Because he’s quite the rambunctious, much bigger two-year-old now…

That’s the mischievous smile, my friends. Don’t let him fool you.

An update on Josiah’s health – overall, he’s doing amazing! We got dismissed from his preemie clinic at the end of last year because he has caught up to his peers (or at least “average” in his age group) in height, weight, and developmental milestones.

We’ve come a very long way from our NICU days and being 2 lbs and 6 oz!

We’ve had the most amazing experience with Josiah’s neonatologist and Children’s Mercy Hospital. I was actually a little sad to say good-bye to our doctor, even though this is a BIG deal as a former preemie to graduate from the preemie clinic.

Josiah’s also doing really well with passing stool and is down from two medications to one – hallelu! Our next big step that will tell us more about his ability to control his pooping will be potty training. He’s been telling us, “Mommy/daddy, pee pee/poo poo!” (quite loudly and often in public places around lots of people, of course). A great step in the right direction for him, so we are praying the training goes well down the road.

In other very important news, Josiah’s latest obsession is Pororo (a Korean cartoon character).

It’s been fun to see his little (or more appropriately, quite big) personality come to life. He keeps our days full of laughter and lots of silly antics.

Another major thing for our famiLee was that we took a big, three-month-long trip basically around the world and across the country to see our family and friends. Yes, with an almost two-year-old toddler in stow (because we’re cheap – or smart – and want to take advantage of free/almost free flights for our kiddo!).

There were many family reunions, yummy food, holidays, birthdays, weddings, and memories made. Kiddo also got spoiled ROTTEN wherever we went. Who are we kidding? We did, too!

Hubby also finished his Master of Divinity (yay – proud of you, babe!). After completing all of his church and work commitments, we decided to have a sweet family sublet our home and go on our three-month trip for a much needed time of R&R. We figured that once we start full-time ministry, it will be hard to travel for many consecutive weekends.

Oh, and of course, we celebrated Christmas and New Years! Josiah also learned how to say “uncle!” when my brother was in town, which I know he secretly loved so much. 😉

We spent the New Year with several of our friends and family in town for an end-of-year conference (not pictured is the fact that we also ate a TON and played way too many rounds of Bang! – basically, a highly addictive mafia meets the wild, wild west type of game. You must try it!).

2019 has been off to a great start. We anticipate a lot of changes for our family this coming year (more of which I hope to share in the coming months). The word that has been constantly coming to mind for this year (and my one word for 2019) is gratitude. No matter where we go, what we do, or who we are with, I want to maintain a heart posture of thankfulness.

I think that rounds up most of our updates. Oh yes, I turn 30 this month! Besides the fact that I now have to wear glasses more often than I’d like to admit and I’ve had to part with the fact that I’ll never have my 18-year-old metabolism again, I’m quite looking forward to this new decade. Almost thirty already feels so much more amazing than awkward 20 did. The best is yet to come!

And last but not least, I am hoping/planning/forcing myself to write more this year. There are many, many unfinished drafts of life and hopes and truths I have yet to complete. And this year seems like the year to start sharing them more with the world.

So, with that, thank you for reading our updates! And thank you for being a part of our lives, near and far. You make this life oh so rich and we count ourselves immeasurably blessed.

Until next time! 🙂


5 thoughts on “The Catch All Post

  1. Debra says:

    Stacey, it’s such joy to read your updates and see that little boy and his amazing smile! His personality shines through and he just shares joy with everyone, I’m sure. Josiah’s health and developmental milestones are truly reasons for gratitude and rejoicing! Now we wait to see where ministry will take you next, and that’s really exciting. Blessings to your “familee,” my friend, and 30? LOL! You’re just getting started. 🙂 Love you, my friend!


    • Stacey says:

      Haha yes, I know! I really do feel like I’m just getting started! Makes me wonder what I was thinking at 20 or 25 and how accurate that really was?! Hoping the very best for you this year, as well! xoxo


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