Princess Megan

Princess Megan
Princess Megan 2013

We put Megan’s hair up in “princess braids”–two braids pinned to the top of her head– for the first time on Saturday.  Andrea was excited because it used to be her very favorite hair style.

Megan liked the style and kept talking about being a princess. It looked as sweet on her as it did when Andrea wore it.

Andrea fall 2005
Princess Andrea 2005



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

“By Myself!”

Megan's SmileMark and I were outside trying to get pictures of some baby robins. I went inside to discover Megan sitting on the bathroom sink by herself. I asked her who left her up there.  Smiling hugely, she told me “all by myself, need down.” After hearing “you can’t do that, your too little” all the time, I think she was proud that she figured out she isn’t too little to wash her own hands.