birthdays & milestones
waved goodbye to grades five, three and one, Brie graduated from elementary school, Ben turned five, Jack turned 4, Ben at five as tall as Luke was at six, started to earn his allowance and learned to ride a two-wheeler, Reese started guitar lessons, Brie got her ears pierced, Brie & Luke passed their white belt tests in Tai Kwon Do
a birthday banner, opening gifts, @the Science Center, birthday picnic
our astronauts @ the Science Center
how old are you Jack?, pool fun, pizza party, camel ride @ the zoo
despite a few close calls, the pinata was the only thing that ended up being hit. whew!
from white to yellow belt
Wilmington for Casey's grad party...
fountain in downtown Wilmington, washing feet at travel center, looking at the harbor, eating pizza in the hotel room, learning how to save the turtles, backyard antics at the graduation party and that may or may not have been an ice cube being put down the back of a shirt!
...then a stop in DC on our way home
washing feet in another fountain, the view from the bottom of the Washington monument, a popsicle on the Mall, looking up at the monument
and in the everyday...
sun & hot temperatures, gardening, having the kids meet the refugee family we're mentoring, learning how to have grace with a pre-teen, Children of the Day Bible study, firefly spotting, rain pouring in the basement, spring cleaning mid-summer and rearranging the living room and our room, discovering vegan milkshakes,
three offers on the house, one more than $5,000 above our asking price, but more than that we have a God who answers prayers and places desires on our heart and is so good, girls night out with Brie, sleepover at Mom's, God's hand on Dad and Lauren's health, cleaning pee off of Lego, J.D., Hilary and the boys coming to visit, starting swim lessons again