Monday, October 24, 2016

April 2015

 Catching up from 2015!!
Celebrating Daddy's birthday...
Driving home with Jacob & Clay Meffert after standardized testing, 
and a stop at McDonalds!
 Easter Sunday in Port Huron, MI at Colonial Woods Missionary Church.
 Surprise birthday dinner with Matt, Margaret, and Jamie at one of our favorite
restaurants, Blue Margaritas!
 Happy 15th birthday, Jacob!

 Teen activity with Cedar Hills Baptist Church.  We held it at the Hellige's barn.
Jenna, Erin Placher, Addy Garner, & Taylor Webster.
Charlie hung on tightly to John Stump.
 Hannah Meffert, her friends, John & Tim Stump.
 We ended with a birthday celebration for Jacob!  
I didn't have a "5" candle, so it's 17 - 2!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Magnificent March

 Where there are boys...there's mud.  And lots of it.
Charlie "fell" in the mud.  He was covered head-to-toe and looked like a little tar baby.  I should have taken a photo of his whole, muddy body...but I was a little overwhelmed on how to even begin de-mudding him!  To give you an idea...take a look at his shoes!
This is how Laura feels after working hard at school.  She crawled over to her bed and put herself down for a nap!
Oh, Gus looks so tough.  He's such a big baby...but loves his girl.
Look who won the chili cook-off at church!!  Char's "White Lightening" took the Best Chili award, and Best Overall soup.  Way to go buddy...with a little help from Daddy!
He was still mighty happy the next morning about winning the contest!
I took Jamie to see the Gaithers for his birthday. Great show!
It was Bill Gaither's 79th birthday.  Still going strong!
Jamie returned to the same location the next night with the boys. This time it was for WinterJam 2015...a contemporary Christian concert with various artists.  Let's just say the crowd of 11,000 was slightly younger, and a bit more energetic than for the Gaithers!
A photo of the cutest spectator at the concert!
We also took Jamie out for a birthday breakfast.
We have another sausage/biscuit/gravy fan!
March also brought Jacob's final brass ensemble concert for the year.  He has thoroughly enjoyed the orchestra this year, and still loves playing tuba.
For the first time, we had the three younger kids take standardized tests.  How on earth did Charlie get placed at the same table as his two best buddies???
After 5 hours of testing, it was time to burn off some energy with a game of street hockey...or broom hockey for Jacob since we ran short on sticks! I now need a new broom.
Laura thought she would help Jacob in the kitchen.  She loves her big brother.
Then March went out like a lamb...

Friday, February 13, 2015

School days...

Simply a glimpse at a couple school mornings...
 German 3
 Reading library books
 a "welcome home" sign and decorations for a friend fighting cancer

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February Fun(k)

I wasn't sure if this post should be called "February Fun" or "February Funk."
It has been a fun month, but cold/sinus viruses are rearing their ugly heads and most of us are feeling a bit drained.  I wake up anticipating naptime in the afternoon.  I don't think that's a good thing.
In the mean time...
Jacob traveled to WinterCamp with our church's teens, and teens from three other churches.  He played bass guitar with the worship team (rear center).
 Laura is finding clever ways to avoid school work.  When the going gets tough...fall asleep!
 Grandma and Papa visited for Jenna's birthday.  Since Jenna had a cold, Charlie volunteered to blow out her birthday candles.  He can never do things without his own flair! 
 Big brothers are good for piggy-back rides!
 Charlie asked me to pull his loose tooth.  He told me to wait though because he had to say a quick prayer to be brave. Brave he was!
 And since we have the most forgetful tooth fairy ever, he found it necessary to write her a reminder note.
 The Wall Street Journal for the future business man.  He was trying to find information on stocks.  Reminds me of someone...Uncle Jim!!
Can't think of a better way to learn math facts!
 Jacob found some old photos stuffed in a book downstairs.  I can't believe how little Charlie was!
 And Jacob, too!  Where did that time go??

Monday, January 26, 2015

She's Officially 8!

 January 26th...her official birthday.
She was happy with new cowgirl boots...with pink, of course!
She had a special friend spend the night, come to church with us, and celebrate!
 This morning, we went to the local bookstore for her birthday treat.  She picked the biggest chocolate chip cookie she could find!  And then shared it with the whole family. 
After Laura got home from school, we went out for an icecream treat.  The icecreams were so huge that even the big boys were "stuffed!"  That a rare occurrence!
We brought another special friend for icecream.  With all these boys, it's good to have girl time.
Happy 8th birthday, Jenna Mei!  We love you, princess!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Half of her life...

Jenna is getting ready to turn eight years old on Monday.  That means she has been with us now for half of her life.  The first four years were spent in an orphanage in China.  We were so happy to celebrate her fourth birthday with her in China, and now she's eight.  Crazy!
Some days, it feels like she has been with us for so much longer.  Those are usually the tough days when we realize she's still working through attitudes and behaviors that were hers for the first four years of her life.  Then there are the days, like today, when I realize that it has ONLY been four years...and she has made incredible strides.  She has such a kind heart and loves to help others.  She also is very strong-willed.  Directed properly, it will take her far. 
So, today we begin her birthday celebration with flowers from Daddy!

Monday, January 19, 2015

A day in the life...

 Gus hasn't been featured much.  Here he is, snuggled up to his girl.  Laura voluntarily put her arm around him; that rarely happens without us helping her.  She's usually too busy walking through the house or playing with Gus' mouth.
Jacob has been on a baking spree lately.  He made a nutmeg cake, and decided that he wanted a piece.  Out of the middle!  I guess the baker can do that??
 I was resting with a migraine, but thought for sure I was being watched.  I was right.  I guess Laura wanted to know if I fell asleep or not.