Hello to all from the cold and snowy north!
Some of you know what that is like. Due to the high moisture content of our summer I’m guessing we should have a fairly snowy winter and so far my guess seems to be holding true. =) That high moisture content this summer allowed us to have a fantastic garden so I am definitely not complaining. Not only that, but I happen to like snow and the kids sure do too. We had close to 6 inches at one point and they made sure to cover the yard with sled tracks, footprints, snow angels, snowball forts, and anything else they could think of.
My Dad has already plowed his way through a decent sized section of wood trying to heat their place and we have had a few days where we were out chopping, stacking, and even using the power saw helping to keep them warm (at least I was helping with the chopping and the saw . . . the boys aren’t quite ready for that yet).
We have also made great strides at eating our way through the produce that we harvested from our garden. The advent of cooler weather seems to have affected the stomachs of my two oldest boys in a startling way. I knew that sooner or later they would start eating like teenagers and they haven’t made it quite that far, yet, but I am getting a taste of where that could go.
Benjamin (11) is still my reader. For Christmas I got him a pile of books and he is as happy as could be. He also likes to play basketball although that is a bit more difficult in this weather as his court is quite cold and snowy.
Josiah (10) is quite artistic. He enjoys drawing and loves the charcoal set that he got for Christmas. He works hard at his school work and can be quite responsible, often reminding his siblings to do their chores, helping Caleb with his clothes, and ready to be of assistance to Mom whenever possible.
Abigail (9) still loves to be in the kitchen. This year I have her helping me with supper preparation and cleanup. The cleanup seems to be a new idea somehow. Apparently those dishes sort of magically cleaned themselves before and we aren’t quite sure why we have to do them ourselves now. =) She also loves legos and playing with her brother Josiah.
Dassy (8)(Hadassah) got a sewing box for Christmas and is busy making blankets, stuffed animals, and various other things. She loves hugs and is really starting to enjoy being involved with the Patch the Pirate Club at our church.
Maranatha (7) is still my smiling sunshine although clouds do occasionally pop up. She is doing great in school and she loves music. She likes the fact that she occasionally gets lumped in with the big kids, but is often just as content to be considered one of the little kids.
Payden (6) usually is my biggest source of laughter. Some of the things he says . . . and he says a lot. He’s a cheerful chatterbox. He and Caleb are pretty close. They play legos together, do school together, room together, hang out with Mom together, etc. Payden considers it his personal responsibility to make sure that Caleb is happy and taken care of.
Caleb (5) is making great strides in his speech. The missionary family that stayed with us for a couple of months at the beginning of the year was able to help work with him. Nana has also been working with him pretty consistently during school time. Now he is doing quite well although we are still working on his enunciation. He still loves the occasional cuddle with Mom, is starting to help with bigger chores, and is doing just fine in school.
Dan, of course, is still enjoying his new singing career. His presence is still missed, but the daily pain is gone. The kids make sure we never forget him and sometimes I just have to smile when they do something that is so ‘Dan’ I have to blink to make sure it isn’t him.
And me, well, I’m busy as usual. It took me almost a month to catch up on housework after the harvest season. =) School has been going well. I do love homeschooling. We have so much fun together as a family and our history class is a favorite as we all gather round to read and talk about so many things. We have also been reading the Kingdom Series by Chuck Black for Bible class and that has sparked some interesting thoughts and has been quite convicting. It’s a great series for those of you with young boys (and girls) and it’s good for the parents, too.
Since it’s vacation time I was able to get a quilt in the frame and have started working on that. I’m a bit behind on getting one done a year so the pressure is on. I continue to play piano for church on a regular basis and I’m signed up to help with VBS again this year. The garden plans for this year continue to blossom and grow (pardon the pun) and the kids are trying to get me geared up for another trip. God is good and when I take a few minutes to question that, He is always ready and willing to remind me. Love to all!