Thursday, June 23, 2016

We have another driver in the house!

Congratulations, son G!



(first solo drive!!!!)



Happy 14th Birthday to Son C!


C, we are proud of you for making wise choices in your friendships.  The people you surround yourself with are so important.  You have great friends (even more than are pictured here!) and we are so thankful for that.


Your "hang out time" with some of your friends on your birthday looked so fun!  It made our hearts happy to see you having a good time.



Even though it was over 90 degrees, you guys didn't seem to mind having a fire for s'mores. :)


In the last year you have shown a consistent interest in and commitment to personal fitness, so we know you are going to enjoy your new fitbit!


You have always brought us so much joy.  May you continue to grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man.  We love you!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Another Home School Graduation

I can't believe it has been a year since our oldest graduated.  As the graduation coordinator of our home school co-op, I was once again in charge of planning and executing the graduation ceremony, but it was easier and less emotional since I did not have a child participating in it.  We had 9 seniors in the ceremony, and four of them have been students of mine in the English class I teach, so there were definitely a few tears as I celebrated with them.










It was a wonderful ceremony and reception, and I am glad to gift our co-op with my time and talents in this way.

Next year our family will have TWO seniors graduating.....oh my!

We have pool!

After not setting up our pool last year, we were determined (and Little Man was excited) to set it up this year.  From sand base....


...to adjusting the brick supports....



...to playing and relaxing in it, we are grateful for our pool!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Homeschool Prom ~ 2016

Nothing signals the arrival of spring and the end of the school year quite like prom!

Last year we had four high schoolers attend our homeschool prom, and this year only two, since one daughter has graduated and the other is no longer being homeschooled.  It felt small, but still wonderful.  Here are our handsome boys:




Neither of them chose to ask a date to prom, but they have several good friends who are girls, and a bunch of them just went as one big group.  So thankful for these friends!


More friends....







Me and my boys.  How I love them!


Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day


The tradition of  Memorial Day, begun shortly after the Civil War, was originally called "Decoration Day" and was a day when Americans would visit their local cemeteries and decorate the graves of the war dead with flags and flowers.  It was a true grass roots tradition, not becoming a national holiday until 1971.

Local communities all over the country have historically had their own observances of this solemn holiday, and our local community is no exception.  We attended a Memorial Day parade this morning, which is OUR tradition as a family.  It is never easy to get up "early" on a day when we could sleep in, but it is always worth it and is the least we can do to honor and remember those who gave their lives defending our freedom.



When dedicating the battlefield cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 4 months after the Battle of Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln gave his now famous "Gettysburg Address."  He said so much with so few words.  I have always loved this speech, and I think it appropriate to copy the entire (short) thing here.  Please read all of it.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.





Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday's Thankful Things

 Our college girl is home!!

She had a good year in room 105, and I am so thankful.


Good relationship with her university-assigned room-mate, and they were still friends at the end of the year. :)


Other amazing friendships with the girls on her floor developed.  They were truly her second family.




Transition back home has been mostly smooth.  The normal "what do I do with myself now" thing has been happening.....since her summer job doesn't start until June.  She is the same, yet different. Same sweet personality.  Same capacity for fun and for relationship.  More independence.  More growing up.  More "life" outside of her family.  Which is all good!

She realized she could read a book for pleasure, instead of for class. ;)  Happiness!  (Eragon, for those who want to know which book)



And on sunny days there has been a lot of THIS happening....


She is recouping and refreshing.  And we get to see her every day.  Her first year went so well.  And it's paid for!

So much to be thankful for today!