Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I have been so negligent with the blog these past few weeks!  So much has happened - birthdays (5 of them!), swimming for the first time (an experience none of us will forget!), the first summer at the lake for all 13 of us, lots and lots of cooking, gardening and canning, and visits with friends new and old.

It's late and this mama is headed to bed, but I wanted to post SOMETHING to get me back in the swing of blogging.

Here are a few photos of Jesse on his 13th birthday.  The boy loves his bicycle.  He's growing up and growing into such a neat young man.  He started basketball conditioning with Isaac this summer preparing for the long season coming up in October.  He's been taking guitar lessons . . . more on that later . . . and really loves church.  We were talking about tithing tonight and he said, "Mom!  EVERY Sunday I want to take dollar to church.  When I get there, I forget and then I almost cry."  Sweet, sweet boy. 

I have so many posts and photos to share.  Some fun, some funny, some serious, some informative and hopefully helpful to someone.  If there's anything you'd like to ask or know about large family life, homeschooling, and/or adoption of many and older children, please feel free to ask.  I could use a few good prompts to get me writing again!

I'm knee deep in planning for the upcoming year with ELEVEN students!  Feeling pretty good about what's to come and praying for a good year.

Adoption is beautiful, but also stretching in ways we could have never imagined.  Just when we feel like we've figured something out, a new issue arises.  No sleeping on the job around here!

Hope you're all surviving the heat!


  1. What amazing pictures--look at that smile!! He looks totally different from 6 months ago. : ) Good job guys!!

  2. Check your blog all the time...we just brought home a sibling set of three beautiful brothers (also out of birth order to our bios and making for 5 children total)...we will begin our first year officially homeschooling (been doing preschool till now)....would LOVE to hear how you reach all grade levels/abilities in your beautiful and large family! Thank you for sharing- you certainly touched our hearts for the older children!

  3. Homeschooling mom here. . . I'd love to see a "day in the life" post where you describe how you structure your day and balance your homeschooling with the rest of home life.