Mark is going to be a Freshman this year.Â 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 builtÂ 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.Â We know that making time for hobbies is a good way to relax!
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.
Dad 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.Â 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.
Â The “big kids” are all at camp, so Adrian, Megan and I decided to visit some botanical gardens nearby. I am not sure how many times I have passed the gardens, but only recently realized what they were.
We enjoyed our trip very much. The people we met were super friendly and helpful. They seemed to go out of their way to help the kids enjoy their trip.Â Adrian was excited when he was given a scavenger hunt to do.Â When they completed it, the kids earned a chance to dig through a treasure box full of mini erasers and stickers.
It was a beautiful garden and I look forward to taking the older kids.