Monday, August 21, 2017


Elliott Daniel 8-18-17

McKenzie delivered him at home with her midwife.  It was a beautiful and very intense birth!  We are all blessed beyond measure and basking in God's goodness!

I will post more pictures later....


Friday, August 11, 2017

School days...

August means school begins!  I am never ready, but ready or not... it was time!
Here is a little peek into our first weak.

Malachi started 5th grade.  He is doing Teaching Textbooks this year for math. Best change EVER for him! 

This little fellow is in second grade this year.  We are continuing on with Saxon math, various things for Language and reading lots of good books!  We also are studying land animals this year.

High School!?!  When did THAT happen!?! Seems like Mariah should be about five still! :(
She is quite independent with her studies.  She is taking Algebra 1 with TT, Apologia Biology, a grammar program and studying American History this year.  Should be a good year for her.  I love that she is driven and self-motivated! Makes life easier for me!

These two goof balls getting ready to start science!

Oh the juggling act of having different ages.  I would love to sit and snuggle with this fellow and his books all day, but it is usually limited to a short time in the afternoon. (One day we both ended up falling asleep on my bed.  Now THAT was a good day! :)

Our college kiddos! (Showing off their new technology!)  I love that when Marc took them to get them they prayed that they would only be used for good!  That night both kids independently (and without us asking) came to us with their passwords.  They are such good kids!
 Matthew is studying Aviation Maintenance and Logistics.  Madeline is studying English and Journalism. They are both juniors in college!

Mariah started piano lessons back up (her tenth year!), but added violin this year!  I think she is going to enjoy it.

I love that we still have a little one in the house.  It means I still get to read all of my favorite children's books! :)

And then last but certainly not least....
Madeline has had many changes in her life!  She turned 18 in March but was too busy making straight A's in college to take time to get her license. :)  She finally got it this summer. and she began a new job teaching piano at a local music studio.

This was her first day driving off by herself. I was a little nervous but she did fine and is now confidently tootling through town in "Big Red"!
She is the third of our kids to begin their independent driving in Marc's farm truck. He lets them drive it until they can afford to buy their own vehicle.

Madeline will be teaching at the studio two days a week, work as a contract journalist for our local newspaper, and go to school full time this fall!  She will be a busy girl!

Today is the last day of our second full week of school!  We are hurrying through a few subjects and then headed to the local springs to swim!  Soaking up the last days of summer!

~Until next time....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

4th of July weekend happenings...

Clearing off pictures from my phone and I realized I never posted pictures from the 4th of July weekend.

We headed to town for the parade and fireworks.

They had face painting and my boys never do things the conventional way! :)

Grandpa hung pretty well with us in the heat and crowds!

                                              My sweet man. :)

Bless my girls' hearts. They always have a little boy jumping or pulling at them.

Hanging out waiting on the fireworks to start.

Me with my little monkeys!

Grandpa munching on his pizza.

Small, rural town means you have to have tractors in the parade!

We also had a 4th of July party with some friends.  They host one every year.  Their son is in the Marines and he let the boys try on some of his gear.

Madeline and some of her sweet friends.  They have been friends since they were little girls!

Last but certainly not least! Our sweet little Elizabeth Grace turned one on June 29th!  It has been a fast year filled with some of the sweetest moments I have ever known!  I truly didn't think being a Mimi would be this wonderful!

Macheus enjoying an ice cream cone at the party.  McKenzie hosted such a cute red, white, and blue themed birthday party for her.

The sweet little birthday girl!  I will have to post some of her 1 year pictures that McKenzie had taken. 

Well, I think I am officially finished posting most of my summer pictures.  We started school back this week.  I was NOT ready for that but here it is!
~Until next time...