Mark smileMark is going to be a Freshman this year.  We are looking forward to starting high school, but we are also a little apprehensive about it. There is so much he needs to learn!

But he is excited that we are turning the focus more. We have been praying about what God has planned for Mark and will start moving toward that goal.

As we watch Mark turn into a man, we will give him time to practice skills men need to be providers. With Daddy’s help, he built  raised gardens, but he filled and maintained the gardens mostly by himself this summer. He has outdoor chores that he loves doing. He has told me often he would rather be outside moving wood then working inside.

Mark will also have time to explore his different interests.  We know that making time for hobbies is a good way to relax!Mark Hands

I look forward to seeing Mark’s growth this year. I see him “sprouting his wings” and, while he is not ready to “fly” yet, he is getting close.




Adrian smileAdrianAdrian has been learning to be a big help lately. He loves to help wash dishes and he is learning to cook good food. He is Megan’s helper and makes sure that she is well taken care of.

He is starting second grade this year.  But even more exciting is his gapped tooth smile and two other teeth that are wiggly!


Andrea hands

Andrea hairAndrea is a few weeks shy of being twelve years old. She has been growing and changing so quickly lately. I have asked her to slow down some, but she insists on growing up!

She is turning into a very beautiful young lady. She is gentle and loving on the inside too.  I am very proud of her.

Andrea reading


WaterparkDad and Mom went to the zoo with us for “Mommy Camp”. We had a great time exploring. The kids were treated to a stuffed tiger and a ride on the zoo train. They both enjoyed it, but Megan was fascinated with it.

After the zoo, we enjoyed a picnic lunch. The kids wanted to play on the playground, but I told them no. Then I took out their swim suits I had brought and let them play in a small water park across from the playground. Megan ran around screaming with joy.  Adrian enjoyed having the water dump on his head and I often found him under the bucket trying to get hit.

It was hard to tell them it was time to go. They were having a great time and I enjoyed watching them have fun. I thought they would be exhausted and fall asleep in the car, but they talked about the water park the whole way home.

A very cold, but happy, little girl!