So, for the last 7 years, I completely forgot about this blog on WordPress. Since then, we have moved and I had a girl! ALL of my kids are now in school. Whoa! How did that happen?!
Since the beginning of this year, Skyler has grown about 4 inches, started growing facial hair, and his voice dropped an octave. 😛 He’s all about basketball, videogames, and hanging out with friends. He turned 14 on Wednesday (August 31st) and started the 8th grade.
Hunter broke his finger the first day back to school in January and had surgery on it 2 days later. He needed 2 pins to hold the bones together. Then, last month, he had pylomatrixoma #2 removed from underneath his right ear. He turned 12 on April 6 and he is looking me in the eye. Just lost his first molar today, and he’s in 7th grade this year.
Gavin turned 10 on July 29. He was accepted into a special school called Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility (WOLF). They spend lots of time outdoors learning about nature, animals, habitats, and environmental things. He loves it! It’s such a change from what he had going on last year. I feel like being able to attend WOLF is a great blessing in our lives.
Brennan turned 8 and was baptized on his birthday, July 9th. He is still a funny and loving little boy. He has boundless energy and has dance/karate moves for days! Brennan started 3rd grade this year and is so excited to be a Cub Scout. He loves Legos and Star Wars and he has the cutest freckly face!
Ashlyn started Kindergarten this year! She is 5, turning 6 on December 16. Still a girly girl, she likes to paint her nails, dress up, and wear make-up. But, she also likes riding her bike and playing in the dirt with the boys. She is not afraid of bugs or worms. Her favorite part of school is recess! She has made lots of friends already.
Brian has been working freelance since losing his job April 22. Somehow, we are always able to pay our bills and our tithing. I know that the Lord is taking care of us. We have been to the temple 3 times since then, and we plan to go again soon. We have developed a habit of scripture study and family prayer each night. And while it doesn’t always go like we want it to, we still do it and it is getting better.
About 2 or 3 years ago, I invested in a book called Artisan Bread In 5 Minutes A Day. Today, I am selling my bread to friends, mostly. I love baking. It makes me truly happy to see someone enjoying baked goods that I made for them. Last Sunday, I was asked to bring the Sacrament bread until further notice. I am happy to oblige them! After church today, I had 4 different people come and ask to buy my bread. I feel so blessed to be able to provide something that people love! Also, I now have 6 piano students. I know that Heavenly Father sees me, knows me, and loves me and He wants me to be happy. Even though we don’t have a steady job right now, I feel no worry or doubt. I marvel at the opportunities we’ve had AFTER the loss of Brian’s job.
- We have gone to the temple 3 times.
- We were able to go to Silver Dollar City for the first time as a family (thanks to some of our greatest friends).
- WOLF school for Gavin.
- Family reunion in Oklahoma.
- Visiting one of my best friends who lives in Oklahoma.
- Going to the St. Louis Zoo, and so many other blessings I cannot number them!
I am grateful for this test and those that I face daily. I know that to be refined I must stand in the fire. Even when it is painful, I need to stand my ground because the result is worth it. In the fire, I am changed and strengthened so that I may face the world with different eyes.