Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Happy Birthday, Myles!

 Myles Truth turned 7!!!  I am so thankful for this sweet, energetic, funny, smart little boy that keeps me on my toes! 
 

On the morning of his birthday I took him by himself to Cracker Barrel for breakfast.  When you are one of seven children it is rare that you get to pick the restaurant, let alone go by yourself!  What was so sweet was when they put his food on the table he said,  "I sure wish Malachi was here." :)


We had a table full of food and all he wanted was biscuits and jelly!


The highlight of his morning was going into their gift shop and buying a new toy pistol!  We go through a bunch of those around here!




When we got home I told him he could have the day off from school except for a math test.  He said, "Math tests are not for birthdays!"  After his test he helped me make his birthday dessert.  It was extremely rich!  He had fun helping me make it and the kids all loved it.

The little boys always lick the spatulas!


Sweet toothless smile!

That evening we celebrated with family eating the meal that he planned, eating his extremely rich dessert and letting him open his presents.  He was precious. and it is always so sweet to see how grateful they are for what they get.


I love these people!



Myles with his grandpa.
 
My prayer for Myles is that he will grow to be a Godly man that will always walk in Truth!

"Teach me Your way O Lord, I will walk in Your truth; Unite my  heart to fear Your name." Psalm 86:11

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Happy 10th Birthday, Malachi!

Malachi David was born on Wednesday, September 13th, 2006.  He was the much prayed for baby brother for Matthew! 
 

His last night being a single digit! I always get a little sad when my children go to bed the night before their birthday.  Childhood goes by way too fast!


He is at such a great age right now!  He isn't a little kid that needs so much, but he is still sweet and innocent! :)  He was SO hard from 3-4 that it amazes me that he is such an easy boy now!
 


As always, I let the birthday kid pick out their meal and dessert.  He wanted French dip sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, green beans (and I added a salad!)  For dessert he wanted ice cream pie!  (Can you say rich!) He wanted to help me make it. :)

Ice Cream Pie:

Crush 21 Oreos, 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts and then mix in one stick of butter.  Press into a pie pan and freeze for 15 minutes.

Soften Breyers Natural vanilla ice cream and mix with chopped Reese Cups.  Spread on pie crust and freeze.

You can serve with hot fudge sauce and whipped topping.


Marc has been working really long hours lately.  He surprised Mal and came home early to take him into the woods to shoot.


I spent the afternoon playing games with him.


Sweet little Elizabeth's first birthday party!  She was passed around the whole evening!


So glad my dad is still around to spend these special days with!


"Pop" and Elizabeth snoozin'! ")


Me with two of my girls!

 
The traditional sibling birthday picture!  Added the sweet little niece this year!
 

                                             The "Big 10"!!!


Love this little fellow!  He looks like he is in a sugar coma! :)


He got tools, fishing gear, Legos and boots for his birthday!  He told me he felt "manly". :)

 
Malachi has been so much fun to raise.  He is a sweet boy, but not a "touchy feely" kid.  He is funny and very dependable!  He has a regular chore list and I rarely have to prod him to get his things done.  He loves the outdoors, guns, knives and Legos!  His strengths are in math and science.  He was a little slower learning how to read than my other children, but once he took off it has been amazing!  He is often found with a new chapter book in his hands.  He is like a sponge right now and often asks to watch documentaries on various subjects!
 
My prayer for Malachi is that he would always love the Lord with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength.  I love you Malachi!
 
"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’This is the first commandment.[And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no other commandment greater than these.” Matthew 12:30-31

Saturday, August 20, 2016

School days...

The summer has slipped by way too fast!  Well, technically it is still summer, but when school starts it just changes.
My computer has been in the shop most of the summer.  We have a brand new computer and it has been nothing but trouble.  Marc picked it up last night and it still doesn't seem to be fixed.  They told us to bring it back in and I'm hoping they will just replace it.  I decided to do a quick post before he takes it back.  I can't figure out how to upload a picture from my phone or ipad.  The kids hog the laptops during the school year.


Thank the Lord Malachi is a very good reader now!  He is pretty independent with his work.  Myles started 1st grade and that takes a lot of my time.  Macheus is three, but thankfully he plays really well by himself.  School starting has been harder on Myles than Mac!


Mariah's last year in middle school! :(


She is completely self/computer taught.  Marc does her science with her once a week and I do her testing.  Other than that, she is pretty independent.  We tested her this past spring and she is above grade level in every area, so I guess it is working for her!


Madeline is a senior in high school, and a sophomore in college!  She did amazing last year!  I'm really hoping that she has gotten the hang of things and doesn't spend quite as much time on it this year.  Her life was consumed with school last year.  Her classes are all online and the professors are tough!  There is no slacking and they pile on the work!  She was on the President's list every quarter last year!

                    Pretty proud of this girl!


Sweet little Myles.  He is so much fun to teach.  We will be in the middle of a lesson and he will say something out of the blue.  The other day he stopped what he was doing, pinched my cheek and said, "You are so cute!"  :)


This guy has grown up SO much since last year!  He is like a sponge!  He loves watching documentaries and asks a million questions about EVERYTHING!


Wondering when that other front tooth is going to come in!  The dentist assures me that it IS in there! :)


 
The girls started back their piano lessons this month too.  The boys have STEM classes once a month, and we are going to try out some science classes at a local fishing center. Macheus goes to his "slithering snakes" class next week.  That should be fun!
Busy days!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beach Trip 2016

Just a couple of weeks before McKenzie's due date, we took off for the beach.  I was so nervous she was going to go into labor while we were gone,  but the timing of all of it couldn't have been more perfect!
 
 
Our annual beach trip picnic.  When you don't eat at most fast food restaurants you tend to pack your own food for trips. :)
 
 
Our van felt SO empty! :(  McKenzie and Daniel were able to go to the beach with us last year.  This year not only were they missing, but Matthew got left behind.  Growing up stinks.... probably more for me than for them!
 

As soon as we unpacked the van the kiddos hit the beach!


Macheus always doing his own thing!



 
 Attempting a picture with all three of the boys.  Never works out too well. :)


Madeline has really enjoyed her summer break!  School starts back next Monday for all of us.


Malachi missed having his big brother to play with.




I sure love these two girls!


 
"Say cheese!"

Every year we have done a birth order picture on the beach.  This year it turned out fabulous! :)


                        Enjoying the days of him being "mommy's boy"!

 
I ran on the beach every afternoon while the rest of them took a break from the heat.  It was so peaceful.  Jekyll Island is such a beautiful place.
 
 
These two have a hard time giving it up at the end of a day.
 

One of the days we went to the water park.  It was so much fun!


I didn't get many pictures because.... we were in the water the whole time!  They even had a big water slide that I could take Mac on.  We rode it together over and over again!


Myles enjoyed getting to soak everyone around him.


Waiting for the huge bucket to dump.

 
And... it did!
 




 On a little slide all by himself!

 
He slept hard at naptime!
 
 
Mariah started feeding him Oreos in his sleep trying to get him to wake up so we could go play some more!
 
 
Riding bikes is always fun to do on the island.  We rented a cool family bike.
 




I love the trees on Jekyll and St. Simons.





Drink breaks are so important when you are little! :)

 
Dinner on St. Simons Island.
 

Only on vacation do you get to eat ice cream while you wait for your dinner to be served. :)

 
 Madeline did the driving on the way home.  Marc was tired and it gave Madeline some different road experience.
 
Well, this was just a few of the pictures I took.  I miss the beach already!  The girls' trip and our family trip were both so much fun!  I love making memories with my kids, and I'm always a little blue when summer winds down and another school year is upon us.