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We are a family of fifteen: eight already with Jesus and seven in desperate need of Him. This is the story God is writing in our lives. Proverbs 16:9

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer Wrap Up

In the last two months

Andrew completed 4th grade and Elijah, 2nd.

Tiffany packed a van full of all kinds of stuff

left all the children (including three extremely active two-year-olds) with Daddy, Mimi, and company

and then rode a horse named Lady that acted like a two-year-old through the NC mountains.

After stringing lights, decorating pews and tables, and experiencing many -everyone is exhausted,

emotional, and on the verge of a breakdown-  pre-matrimony moments

we saw Chelsea marry her Parker.

Isabella danced at the wedding reception with her Papa

and the transformed wedding space went back to its original form.

Andrew drove the golf cart on the farm all by himself whilst spotting black snakes

as Elijah laughed and swatted an over sized volleyball.

Eliana and Isabella began speaking in sentences.

Isaac continues to be fascinated by bees and bugs and such.

Later, upon returning to KY

Elijah got a 20" bike to fit his 4'3" frame for his 8th birthday.

The day before, Tiffany saw the beginning of year 35.

We celebrated Independence Day with first fireworks for the three littles.

Andrew and Elijah went to camp and did all manner of campy things.

Swimming finally just made sense to Andrew.  Others stay in the sprinklers.

Our new house was framed, wired, plumbed, bricked, and the drive poured, all before our eyes (yes, we are moving).

With the littles still singing "Happy Birthday to you!" weeks after May-July birthdays

we end the summer and begin a new school year.

With all that is changing and moving in life, news that makes us smile

and news that makes us writhe and spin,

we look ahead, move, and breathe, believing in the Hope that lies ahead, unchanged and sure as each passing day.