I've been reminiscing a lot lately, thinking back to when I started this blog nearly fifteen years ago as an overwhelmed young home educating mother still in my twenties. Our oldest was six at the time and I was pregnant with number five. Now those first five children of ours are all in high school and college! I can't keep the tears from falling every time we put them on a plane or drop them off at school, but it is also so exciting to see them growing up and following God's plan for their lives. As a dear friend of mine recently said, "It's like reading a good book and you can't wait to turn the page and see what happens next!"
I didn't spend time blogging over the summer, maybe I'll get the opportunity this fall to go back and share a few things, but first I wanted to finish up this post with their annual End of School Interviews!
Here are this past year's interviews (revised with blog nicknames):
Photo taken at Mount Rushmore on their road trip to college last fall:
When your son sends you a bathroom selfie in the guys' dorm on his way to class
... with a broken front tooth and the toilet seat up...
it's hard to resist using it for his end-of-year photo!
My favorite part is that he doesn't even mind. I love his confidence!
It's currently glued back together again and looks better than it did before. We'll see if it holds...
No more soccer games without a mouth guard!
Oh, I sure miss our sweet girl! She flew home for the weekend and it was so hard to take her back to the airport early Monday morning. It was such a fun weekend!
She got to go on a second "Nun Run" this year and took some great pictures!
I need to see if I can get her to share about her trip on the blog.
It's been really hard on her with her sister/best friend off to college...
Hoping we can make that visit to UMary happen soon!
Now that he's in high school, and not a brand new baby, I really need to change his blog nickname from "Snuggles".... It's just so confusing to change it with the old nickname all over the archives!
He's not a fan of "Scout" (too boy scout sounding he said) and "Sergeant outranks Captain"... so we are considering "Sniper"... He liked that one. How is it even possible that he is in high school already?!
Favorite Books: Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales
We'll go back to calling her "Grace"... but for today her name is "Lola Dutch!"
Favorite Book: Lola Dutch
Favorite Book: You Are My Little Cupcake
Favorite Toy: Bunny
I'm realizing now that I messed up on a few of the favorite book titles in the images. I don't have time to go back and fix them all right now, but the links should all be correct. :)