Myles has turned 5! Five is such a great age! He is more independent. He has learned how to swim this summer. He is like a sponge soaking up everything we teach him. He is full of energy! He brings much joy and laughter to our home!
I am so thankful that the Lord blessed us with Myles. We live in a world that so often puts other things as more important than children. Each one of our children are unique and special. I love each one dearly!
The name Myles means "soldier". It is our prayer that Myles will always strive to be a "soldier of TRUTH"!
"that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,’ He said, ‘you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ 1 Kings 2:4
Malachi is such a sweet little boy and very easy at this age. It makes me laugh sometimes when I think about how hard he was when he was three. There were days when I dreaded him waking up! I never thought I would see the day when he would quietly wake up in the mornings and play by himself. :o)
He loves Legos, swimming, guns, baseball, swords and dressing up with his little brother Myles. Myles drives him nuts sometimes but they play hard together. He hero worships his big brother Matt. This past summer he took over the trash chore that Matthew has been doing since he was seven. He is a germ freak so it is a big ordeal. He usually gags the whole time and when he comes back in he has to scrub his hands with soap! He told me one day that he definitely did not want to be a trash man when he grows up! (He use to think that would be a cool job.)
Matthew came home from work just in time for cake and ice cream. He surprised Malachi with a football balloon and a box of sprinkle cookies from the bakery. :o)
Because we are in wedding mode big time right now, I purposed to stop for the day and focus on Malachi. McKenzie has been a nanny to two little boys for the past couple of years. We all loaded up and took them with us and spent the afternoon at Monkey Joes and then had dinner at Chick fil A. I prayed really hard that we would all be protected from germs! I hate places like that! :o)
I am so thankful that the Lord blessed us with Malachi. Each child is so unique and brings so much to our family. I am humbled sometimes when I think of how much we have been blessed.
I pray that Malachi will love the Lord with all his heart and will always strive to seek Him.
"And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
Marc took McKenzie and Madeline on a short business trip with him. It just so happened that while they were gone Matthew got sick. Thank goodness for Mariah!
Mariah loves the animals, garden and the outdoors every bit as much as McKenzie does. She was outside getting chores done when it looked like a storm was coming.
I had already showered but knew she would need some help hauling water if she was going to get inside before the storm hit. Whenever I have to go outside to help with chores it makes me really appreciate all that the kids do every day! Our billy goat is really mean and has huge horns! He came charging at me when I tried to water him. He will be used this fall for breeding and then he has to go!
A girl and her horse
The above tree is a Bradford Pear that McKenzie and Matt planted in memory of my mom the summer that she died. I am so glad that it is growing and doing well. It is outside my bedroom window and will be beautiful one day!
Mariah and "Candy"
I took this picture a couple of weeks ago. The watermelon field across the street has since been plowed under and replanted. They planted rye which should be a beautiful, green ground cover by the time the wedding is here!
We have had a pretty mild summer this year but it has been dry lately. We are praying for rain so everything stays green for the wedding!
"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;" Psalms 127:3-5
"And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” Nehemiah 4:14
Marc and Marcy
McKenzie Elizabeth & Daniel
Matthew Edward Fletcher
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9