Lonely no More:)
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. Matthew18:5

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sorry it's been so long......we've been busy.  I'm working 2 days a week at Dairy Queen, and subbing at the school off and on....and loving on this little man.....besides the normal laundry, feeding the masses, and trying to keep up the house for decency's sake.......maybe we need to just shoot decency! Problem solved. Ha ha.

Hanging out.

 Pretending to be dogs.

Ready to go for a walk.

 We made the big ones come too.

 A cool evening view.

 A couple of quick snaps before the bus came.

Sherman made these beauties, called Bee Hives, all by himself.  He's becoming quite the cook.  Pie dough wrapped around the peaches, then when they're done you take out the seed and fill it with some amazing goo.... called hard sauce.  Delish!

 We attempted to take a walk......Wren, Iley, myself, and baby Brentlely.  We came across a dead rabbit the dogs had left so nicely in the drive.  They were torn between horror and fascination..... and gagging.

 These two were running out ahead..........

 While this one bumped along in front of me....seriously hindering my picture taking.....but giving me a delicious kissing target.  We had to head back before we'd hardly got started cause the mosquitoes were trying to eat us alive.  The girls were so bummed.  They've both asked all summer to walk.  It's been too hot....and now when it's cool enough.....we have the little blood suckers to deal with.

The girls are both loving school, and doing well.  They have a long way to go to catch up.....but not as far as it could be.  Their teachers say they are both so smart, just have so much language delay.  They feel like in time they will both catch up to where their peers are.  I'm so proud of these little fighters.  I'm privileged......even on the really hard days.......(talking to myself here) be their mother.  Privileged to have a front row seat to God's redemptive plan.  They are precious, brave, smart, funny, creative, annoying, naughty, loving, adorable, repulsive, irresistable........all in the same day......sometimes in the same 5 minutes......but always always SO WORTH IT!!!  and SO LOVED!!!  .........and SO going to bed at 8:30 :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School Fest, and Sherman's Belated 13th BirthdayI

Poor Sherman didn't get much recognition on his birthday, as it happens that was the day I went into surgery for an appendectomy.  More on Him later.
Back to school fest is put on by the town for the kids each year.  This is the girls' 3rd back to school fest!  Hard to believe.  The first one they had only been home for 3 months.  They stuck close by us, checking constantly to see where we were.  The second year, they would play on the attractions as long as we were near.  This year, they ran up to their friends, and went off without a backwards glance, only checking in with us when they were hungry!  Praise God for bonding, and progress. 

Wren was hugging the wonderful lady that taught us sign language, for free, just because she is passionate about people.  She also subs as an interpreter for Wren at school.

 That's Wren underwater, and Iley with her back to us.

Enduring the obligatory 15 minute break.  They don't understand at all why life guards would need a break?

 Another break......sitting with friends this time.

 This sweet girl spent half of the day packing them both around in the deep end of the pool.

 Cousin Grace was there too.  Quite smug that it was 'just' siblings.

 One of Sherman's friends going off the high dive.
 and another one......

 Resting at one of the breaks.  But as soon as that whistle blew, she was up like a shot.

 Helping sis out of the me, sis does NOT need help.

 Wren in her usual free style jumping........

 ......and Iley......stiff as a board!  But boy can they swim!  They jump off and swim underwater to the edge.  Wren especially is a fish!  She can swim on her back, side, underwater......and switches it up to get clear across the pool.  I wish there was a swim team in town!

 Sunday morning......being so chummy at breakfast that they bungeed (spell check doesn't think that is a word) their cups together.  Silly girls.

This gorgeous couple, and dapper little dude came over.

 In the afternoon, a blanket fort was erected in the living room...........

Dad was lured...begged.....nearly drug.....inside....where he was held captive by two ruthless jailers.

I think you caught a fish.

Dad....still captive in the fort.....was joined by another hostage.

We celebrated Sherman's Birthday Sunday evening.  He invited 2 of his life long friends over.....and ordered brats, cole slaw, nachos, watermelon, grapes, and apple pie and home made ice cream for supper.  He combined everyone's contributions for a tool box, and tools.

Have I mentioned I have gorgeous daughter in laws? (and sons too!)


 The kitchen crew.....they are always happy to sit here by themselves.

From the left.....Gordon, Caleb, Sherman, Harrison.  They are...from the left..14,14, 13, 15.
 Happy Birthday Sherman!!  We love you so much, and are thankful everyday that God chose us to be your parents.....sorry about YOUR luck ;)  You are sweet, kind, helpful, funny, and very much loved!

They were standing on the table, looking at themselves in the mirror.....being silly.

Because waiting on the bus is soooo boring.