Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Engineering Mind

This is what happens with an engineering mind + too much lag time at the restaurant.
And, yes, it did work!


When I grow up...

Every fall, I ask these questions to the kids:  What do you want to be when you grow up and what's your favorite subject?
So, as of today...
 
Jacob has two options floating around in his mind.  He either wants to be a businessman and manage a big company, or join the military's Special Forces.  The military option is more for helping him pay for college than actually wanting to be on the battlefield, though.  His favorite class is Industrial Arts.  Trying to fit that into the business world...
 
Amarin is bouncing back to the plan he had a couple years ago of becoming an airline pilot.  He wants to fly people to other countries.  His favorite subject is science, so that fits well with becoming a pilot!
 
Charlie is sticking with his plan of becoming a policeman. "I want to save the world from robbers."  Char likes math best.  Maybe he can keep count of the robbers he takes to jail.
 
Jenna does not like the idea of going away to college.  She prefers to live at home, do college on the computer, and become an AWANA leader to help kids learn their Bible verses.  Jenna likes math, too.
 
It sure is fun watching the kids become their own persons, with their own likes, dislikes, and strengths.  Praying they use them wisely.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Family Needed

The orphan crisis weighs heavy on our hearts.
Simple truths go through my mind regularly, like
...if those in the world who claim to be Christian adopted just one child, there would be no need for orphanages.
...and since families who adopt tend to adopt more than one child, the world should not have an orphan crisis.
...God never intended children to live without their biological parents. But "the fall of man" occurred, and we now have to face the consequences, including caring for the orphans.
 
Our family has been so blessed with adding to our family through adoption.  But God didn't stop there.  He has allowed us to partner with the Baobei Foundation which cares for critically ill orphans in China.  We have been able to provide needed medications, visit the babies in the hospital, find prayer partners for each child in Baobei's care, and celebrate as these children join their forever families.  It's one the best parts of our lives!
 
There is one girl in the care of Baobei that is in desperate need of a family.  She is nine years old, which in itself, puts her "at risk" of finding a family.  I'm choosing to advocate for her on this blog, praying that someone will see this and feel called to adopt her, or feel called to pass this information on to someone who will provide her with a loving family.
 
You can find her online in two places:
www.baobeifoundation.org - her name here is Ting
or
www.twentyless.com - here name here is Tina
 
Please feel free to share these links, or to direct others to this post.  Let's find a home for this precious girl!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Soccer 2014

Soccer season has been in full swing for a few weeks now.
The schedule is daunting, but we only have nine games left...on three different teams.
Thankfully, they all play at the same field.
 
Charlie and Jenna are on the same team:  the Earthquakes! 
They play on Mondays and Saturdays.  Charlie prefers playing full-field so he can run all over the field for the entire game.  And he does.  The ENTIRE game!
There is not a game that goes by when we don't overhear someone commenting on how little his legs are, but how fast they run.
Jenna would rather hang back and play defense...not so much running, right?
And it gives her a little more time to socialize with the goalie and other defense player...
or skip around the field. 
 And what would a soccer game be without a snack at the end?
 The bigger boys are on two different teams this year, but thankfully play on the same days:  Tuesday and Saturday.  Amarin's team is FIRE.  He enjoys playing forward, and has scored two goals so far, therefore earning an icecream treat.  Yes...we bribe our kids with icecream for each goal scored.  Amarin is enjoying being one of the older, faster players this year, and has no interest in bumping up to the next league in 2015.
 Jacob went up to the high school league this fall, and are they rough...and fast...and strong!
It's fun to watch, but sometimes makes me cringe.
Some of those players can boot that ball clear down the field, and others don't mind running full force into an opposing player to get that ball!
Jacob's team is GALAXY.  He had to play goalie once, and found he didn't mind it as much as he thought he would.  He prefers playing forward.


Her Trip

Jenna's Daddy trip was wonderful in many ways. 
Lots of Daddy time, saw practically every princess, ate lots of yummy treats, and even was upgraded on the airplane.  Nice!
Her favorite ride?  Soarin' at Epcot.  Least favorite:  Space Mountain.
Favorite princess?  All of them!
 
Here are some photos of their excursions.
Her first moment inside the Magic Kingdom.  Jamie said she didn't know what to do first!
Epcot was a little rainy.  That called for a new umbrella. 
 
 Back at the hotel, she (and apparently a bunch of other little girls) got to swim wearing a mermaid tail!
Meeting Ariel...
 and Cinderella...
 and Mulan.

 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Her Prince Charming

Jenna patiently waited at the airport for her Prince Charming to whisk her away on a dream vacation.

Well, he showed up just in time to go to Disney!  Have a fun daddy/daughter trip!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hard to Keep a Good Man Down

Charlie doesn't stop moving unless he's sleeping or strapped into his booster seat in the van.
Well, he gashed open the bottom of his foot while running through the lawn sprinkler.
After bandages were applied, he was informed that he had to take it easy and let his foot heal.
Hard to do.
We have learned that he is a skilled hopper-on-one-foot, and can slide down the stairs on his bottom lickity-split. 
Now to convince him that soccer is NOT a good idea today!







Monday, August 25, 2014

We're All Back!

Back to school, that is.
So the kids left for school...
and then turned around and came right back.
Yes...the littles still think this is funny.
The older boys are now embarrassed at mom's ploy to get memories on the blog.
"Mom.  The neighbors are staring at us!" 
 Jenna is in 2nd/3rd grade this year.  Combining a couple subjects with Charlie helps manage teaching time for mom!  Jenna will have math, grammar, reading, science, history, spelling, music, art, piano, and soccer.  She's also looking forward to her Daddy/Daughter trip coming up very soon!
Char is our 3rd grader.  He will have math, grammar, reading, history, science, music (on the recorder...oh, my ears), art, speech/writing, spelling, piano, and soccer.
 Welcome to 7th grade, Amarin!  He will "enjoy" grammar, reading, history, anatomy, band, speech/writing, math, spelling, literature, piano, drums, and soccer.  Don't tell him, but a Thai language program is coming soon!  He has been asking, but Thai is so hard to find!
 It's his junior year!  He's not overly thrilled with having to take chemistry, algebra 2, or speech/writing.  But, he needs to, along with band, orchestra, industrial arts, German 3, grammar, economics, piano, bass guitar, drums, and soccer.  He's also starting to teach piano at our home.  Of course, this all gets shuffled a bit since he has to continue cutting grass for the next month or so.  What is he most excited about?  Drivers ed next year! Ahhhhh!!!!!!!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After-school Buddies

 Hanging out together after school.
So thankful we have Gus.
video







Friday, August 15, 2014

My Fourth Grader

Laura started fourth grade today.  She's growing up so fast!
She laughed as she climbed up the steps to get on her bus.
I know she was happy to get back to school!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

As the summer winds down...

...we find ourselves enjoying just a few more lazy days of summer.
Today feels like fall...warm, dry, and a strong breeze.
School starts for Laura this Friday, and for the rest of the kids, in less than two weeks.
 
The kids are taking over meals again.  Amarin and Charlie made Mexican lasagna, with corn-on-the-cob.

 Icecream treats with Dad!
 Jacob loves reading, and Laura finds it all quite amusing.
 Jenna had a soccer evaluation since this will be her first year playing.  She did great, and thankfully, we remembered to remove her glasses as she got hit right in the face with the ball.  No tears!
 Laura and Gus are enjoying their last few full days together.  Laura heads back to school Friday, so Gus will be missing her!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

More Beach Time

 Another day of beautiful weather...warm enough to play at the beach, but not so hot that we cooked.
Char found his relaxing place.
Jenna was busy for hours building in the sand.
 Laura was happy as long as she was near the water.
 Amarin built the city of Ninevah.
 He even added Jonah sitting in the shade.
Amarin loves to fish, but didn't get a bite! 
 Skipping stones, throwing rocks...
 And celebrating Laura's birthday again with our family.
We even squeezed in some time to buy new school supplies, and found Jacob his new Study Bible he had been wanting.