Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26

As we walk through this adventure called life, we remind ourselves that we are all precious children of our Father-- those of us who have walked a little further down the road striving to guide those who have been entrusted to our care for a time. Here is our journey down this path.



Friday, October 3, 2014

LIFE

Wow.  It's been a while.  I looked back to see where I 'left off'--and I'm not sure where to begin.  Life has been SO busy.  Crazy busy, tedious busy, big family busy, but good busy.  I definitely want to live life with these precious people, so I've taken a bit of a break from documenting it all.  And it has nothing to do with falling over exhausted at the end of each day.....

I really do love having this for memory keeping, so here goes a quick "Cliff Notes" version of spring and summer.  Then hopefully I can start fresh again and keep up! Maybe.

Thomas






This guy is somehow growing up.  He finished 7th grade and finished well. Earned excellent grades and a prestigious award from the faculty at his school.  Played soccer in the spring (and every chance he gets.) on the school team, continues on the path in Boy Scouts and is such a joy to be around.  Gets my goofy sense of humor and laughs at my jokes.  Love him. Love his choice of friends.  Love being his mom.

Samuel

I can't say how proud I was of Samuel as he finished well at his new school.  A one year transition was a tough decision, but we had a great experience and I think he learned a lot--not just book learning, but about who he is, about life and how to live it to the fullest.  He, too, won a prestigious award and I will never forget the principal saying, "if we could only have him for a year, we'll take it."  What a joy to a mom's heart.  He crossed over from Cub Scout to Boy Scout, turned 11 and continues to live life with zeal.


Has some pretty great friends, too.  :)


Molly

Our sweet Molly--always has a smile.  Such a joy.
Nature lover, built a compost pile after learning about it at school.


 Book lover--frequently disappears and we find her absorbed in a story in a comfy spot.
 Graceful ballerina.
And...we spent a lot of time in May and June with the swim team.  And this girl ROCKED it this year. Went to championship meet in back stroke and butterfly.  She's fast!
Some LONG, but fun summer evenings spent here....
Cynthia

Our 'Spicy Girl'.  Still definitely that!  Also an award winner of an IB award at the end of the year.  SO SMART.  Learning about being a big sister and growing into that role.  Full of life.







David
LOVED this!

 Is continuing to learn about life in a family.



Has spent a lot of time following everyone else around.....


Fireworks on the 4th were a hit!


 Learned about fireflies.

 And even made it through his first dentist appointment.

 We are all continuing to adjust to our new addition.  He's doing better and better.  We have good days and not so good...probably more to come on that later.

Artwork
One really neat thing we got to do this summer was to participate in an art project for the waiting room in my office.  We needed a lift and the children/grandchildren of the doctors in the practice painted pictures of the days of creation.  The final project is great and really gave it a lift.  Here are our contributions....


 Molly's horse.
Cynthia's birds.
 Samuel's lamb.
 Thomas's lion.
 What a fun day...I'm just sad that I usually go in the back door!

Family Vacay
We had a short family vacation/adventure this year.  We borrowed "Doreen" from some friends and headed to a camp outside of Charleston.  What a fun time!

 We got to put David's toes in the sand for the first time.
 And the camp had some great activities.  Kayaking, a water park (no pics there),


 A climbing wall....that's Cynthia at the top!!!
It was really a fun week...lots of outdoor time and lots of good family time.  I don't have many pictures as I guess I was a little busy.
Well, it doesn't really do it justice, but if I can post something, I will feel like I can move forward, so check back and see if I keep up any better....Happy Fall!