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.