Friday, July 31, 2009

Pics of the cousins

We just had pictures of the 4 cousins (my sister's boys & mine) taken this evening. Fun times!!!

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mount Vernon

George Washington is my hero! He was an amazing, amazing, fantastic man. Of all the things we have studied, the boys and I have probably loved learning about him the most. He is our favorite. No doubt about it. So, it was fitting that today we would visit his home as our first stop on our U.S. history tour. We loved Mt. Vernon! It is one of my very favorite places I have ever visited. We even discussed going back for a 2nd day. If you haven't been to Mount Vernon, go!!! But know about George Washington before you go. Know how much everyone loved him, know that God was with him undoubtedly and protected him (did you know that during the French & Indian war, he survived an ambush but had 2 horses shot from underneath him, had 4 bullet holes in his coat and 1 in his hat?). Know that he wasn't only our president, but he was a gifted general, leader, farmer, and forefather. He had integrity beyond anyone you may know. He served in the Revolutionary War and refused to take a salary. He would not send his soldiers where he did not lead them personally. His men loved him. He was far more honorable than we will ever know. He was most courageous. He truly is the father of our country and there could be no more fitting 1st president than George Washington.

Won't it be so glorious to meet him in heaven one day?
the boys chilling on the shore of the Potomac

Sunday, July 26, 2009

It's A Girl!

Great news! We have inherited a beautiful 16-year-old, blond haired beautiful daughter. Ok, so Oksana is really our niece. She is going to be living with us and we will be home schooling her. Isn't that such a blessing!? Jamie and I feel like it is our calling and the Lord will enable us. We do appreciate your prayers. Thank you!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dancing From The Heart

I am often overwhelmed by the dancer I once was and now am not. I don't want to cling to the dancer I used to be or continue to live in the past. I deeply miss a lifestyle of dancing. At the same time, I want to be who I am at this stage in my life and truly embrace it. Much flexibility and technique is gone. I want to be able to accept that I am a 35 year-old mom who once was a great dancer and still is...only in a different perspective. Where flexibility and technique fail, my heart dances deeper.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Si's 4th Birthday

Silas is 4! What the heck!!!! How did that happen?!!?!
Jamie and I were at CHEA on Si's big day so we had to celebrate the next day. He wanted to go roller skating. So we did. The boys did pretty good on their skates. A little wobbly at first but eventually they were getting along pretty well. They didn't make it off the carpet for long, but that's ok. So, do any of you remember your first roller skating experience? I do! Holding onto the wall for dear life. The boys were far more brave than I. And had fantastic attitudes too! After our skating, we headed up to Julian and spent about a week camping. As soon as we got to our trailer, we locked ourselves out! Holy moley!!! Yeah, that took a while. Thank goodness the cake was outside the trailer. I had to borrow plates and forks from our dear friends who were camping with us. But we had cake!!!