This blog, neglected again.

The blog may be neglected, but the family is not. We are splendidly busy. School is in session. Jake is busy with work. Long hours, long days, long dinners to catch up everyone with what was missed. These are sweet times. I think I've said it before, but we are so thankful. Thankful for this day, this time, these faces that look us in the eyes every morning ready to absorb what we tell them, ready to face the world in their own due time.

We have had so many friends enduring such terrible, difficult things lately. We are humbled that our days are peaceful thus far. I admit that I fear the time that the Lord would bring trials our way. I love things how they are, but confess I know that these times are fleeting. So, I'm going to make the most of them while I have them.

Colby starts his job Sunday. There was a snafu with scheduling and he's missing church. Not good. We will have that corrected this week. Colby is enjoying his school year and has decided to team up with the Air Force upon graduation from high school. We will forgive him for not choosing the Marines.. Just Joking! We are proud of him. He's so determined and has his eyes set on the F-35. He's running frequently and boastfully whizzes past Jake when they run. Calling him names such as, "old man.." eeeehh.

Jackie is bowing the viola (is that even a phrase?) and has started back up with the ballet. We were inept and she's had a year and a half off. She's thrilled to be back in it. We are proud of her. I was chuckling at Jackie this week. She was so happy that she only needed to run 2.5 miles for her training. She's come a long way since backing out of a 1 mile run. Way to go, sweet thang!

Benjamin is cool. We are so thankful and humble still after his report from the Doctor. He's become the pull-up king. Jake put out a prize of $50 for 10 dead hangs, Marine Corps style of course, and Benjamin succeeded. I wish I could do just one. Benjamin is now owner of a few relic baseball cards thanks to the prize money.

Louisa is a darling. She's learning her violin and is taking ballet. She is starting to find her way around the kitchen as well. The sweet gal chose the recipe for Coffee House Scones from the Joy of Baking webpage. She has mastered the recipe and will be moving onto something else a little more challenging for her next kitchen creation.

Libby is also in ballet and let me tell you; she loves it! She's a sweet little girl. Her birthday is this weekend. She just lost her front tooth. Such a cute little face to see with that gaping hole in her mouth. School is coming along well for her and she is loving doing her math meetings with Silas.

Speaking of Silas, math meetings make his day. He's learning his letters and numbers. One of the favorite parts of my day is to pour my coffee and sit down beside him while he works on his number and letters. Such a sweet little boy.

Samuel is too much fun. He loves legos and trains right now. He has to keep his precious things in his firm grasp otherwise Hazel runs off with them. He is potty trained now thanks to his love of trains. Has the, "POO POO CHOO CHOO" been to your house lately? :)

Hazel is our little baby. She is so sweet. She runs around the house creating all manner of mischief. She has so much hair. I have to use bobby pins or, "Barbie Pins" as Libby would call them, to keep the hair out of her eyes. She wakes up every morning with wild Hobbit hair.. Such a sweet little pee. She has lots of words she's fumbling around with.

I'm fine. Still drinking coffee, still eating chocolate. Some things never change.


Benjamin Adrenal Update.. Final Edition

We are so humble at the kindness of our Lord. The MRI disk was examined by several experts and Techs from the  Children's Hospital of Richmond. They all concluded that his Adrenal Gland is completely normal and no action should be taken. We are humbly done. Thank you for praying for us. We were comforted by the prayers of the Saints. I cried at the good news. Thank you again.

Much Love!


Ben's Appt.

Thanks for praying. The doctor we saw today also declared he is, "not an expert" in the field of adrenal glands. He took our MRI cd (please don't lose this doctor..) and will hand carry it to Richmond. Tomorrow he will hand it to the MRI tech at the Children's Hospital to be read. Depending on what the Tech sees we will either have more testing done or be done. done. done. We want to be done, but also don't want the doctor to miss something potentially dangerous to Benjamin's health. Please pray for wisdom, clarity and assurance of mind for that Tech tomorrow.

Thanks you so much. We love you all and appreciate all the sweet encouragements you give us. What a joy to live (write, scribble, jot..) among God's people!


The Brain, The Brain!

Benjamin and Jake went to Richmond on Friday and met with the Brain Doctor. It was a good visit. We learned that Ben has a brain abnormality, but it is nothing of great concern and it is a beautiful uniqueness in how our God has designed our Ben. He has a Chiara 1 Malformation. Basically where most peoples brain rounds out above the spinal column, Benjamin's brain comes to a triangular point. This could explain away his headaches. It is nothing of grave concern and the Doctor said that Ben probably shouldn't play any extreme contact sports like Football. Otherwise, his brain is normal and as it should be. We are thankful. The adrenal gland appointment is on Monday at 10 am. If you think of us, please pray for wisdom for me. We don't want to undergo unnecessary and potentially harmful tests for Benjamin if we don't need to.


One Week Down!

We homeschooled again this week. We have been anticipating another year of school all Summer. We put it off so that we could start at the official end of Summer. So, we waited for the Labor Day weekend to come. Came it did and we lounged and played and ate and made homemade strawberry ice cream with the strawberries that we picked at the beginning of Summer. It was sweet.. both the ice cream and the Labor Day. We didn't labor much, only a few chores including mounds of laundry and grass clipping, but even that took a small portion of what seemed to be an extraordinarily long day. Then we went to bed and Tuesday was here. It came early and school started with the usual blast of shock and awe. God was kind in all of it, as He always is. He sent us gusts of rain and without a desire to play outside we sat at our table and hammered away at our new year of subjects and studies. Silas started Kindergarten, Libby 1st grade, Louisa 4th grade, Benjamin 6th grade, Jackie 8th grade and Colby 10th grade. What a glorious week. I didn't yell. I did get agitated about a couple of minor things, but even then the Lord allowed me to see clearly what was really at hand.

Also, Colby was offered a job! He's going to work the fall season at a local plantation. He gets to wear overalls and a red shirt. We can't wait. He wants to open a checking account and have a debit card. Fun times ahead for our first born. We are so proud. I'll put some pictures below of our family photo shoot in Texas this Summer. Our heartiest thanks to Barnett Photography in Longview.