Brothers and Sisters

A friend posted this quote earlier today on Facebook and I had to borrow it.

"To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time."
 -Clara Ortega 

Our children are all still young but it made me go back and look at the past 9 years. Here's what I found:

So very thankful they have each other.


Our new school room!

Rick has been suggesting for years that we move our school room downstairs and we finally did it over the Christmas break! I LOVE it. Previously, we had everything in our dining room and while it was perfectly fine, I was shuffling stuff all day long. We eat every meal at our dining room table so we would eat breakfast, clean up, get school stuff out, clean up, get lunch out, clean up, get school back out, clean up, eat dinner, and then clean up. Whew! I know it is a luxury to have a separate place to keep our school books and work on our formal lessons and I am very thankful for it. I don't have a picture but the other side of this room is our playroom so I can have everyone down here with me and occupied. :)


Miles is 1!

Miles turned 1 on January 3rd and I didn't even cry. :) His birthday was on Kate's birthday party night but don't worry, he still had cake and a bunch of little 9 year old girls to sing Happy Birthday to him.

1 year ago

1 year old

He is a climber and loves to climb up on this chair. 

His other favorite activity is to put on these hulk gloves and box. I am not kidding. It's hilarious!


Kate is 9!

Kate's birthday was on December 22nd! She had a spend the night party on January 3rd which also was Miles' s first birthday. It was a very exciting and fun filled day. I never imagined that I would have a spend the night party because they are not my thing. However, we had a great time.

The best part of the night was the comment we overheard, "Kate's dad is actually funny!" Not surprisingly, Rick is open to have many more spend the night parties. :)

 Eating Pizza

Here are 4 of the 8 Rainbow Looms we had in our house that night.

I think she was having fun!

The gang. :)


Jack is 4!

I can't believe our Jack is 4 today!! He brings much joy and laughter into our home. He seems to always be smiling which is so sweet - I love his little dimple. He is a great brother and still adores baby Miles. He loves to dress up like Spiderman and I'm pretty sure he has worn his costume half of the days in the last 3 months. The only birthday present request he had was his own box of cereal - Coco Puffs- and don't worry, he got it! :) He told me today that he was a big boy now like Henry but that Sims and Miles were still little boys. He said he could help me now when I need a strong man. :)

 His name means "God is gracious" and we pray he will always love and be thankful for the Lord's grace and mercy in his life. We pray he will always know how much we love him and are thankful for him. We pray he will know and remember that God is faithful and good; that He keeps His promises and that His promises are everlasting. We pray that He will have a family that He can point to Christ and that we will have the privilege to see that. We pray the Lord will equip Him, comfort Him, encourage Him, and instruct Him throughout His life. We pray his heart will be transformed and His mind renewed by God's word. Even at a young age, Jack profess faith in Christ and we pray we will see the fruit of his confession. We pray for his purity and that he will have godly desires. We pray he will have a long life and that we will have an eternity together in Heaven.