Sunday, June 12, 2011

What We've Been Up to the Past Few Weeks. . . .

Of course, we are settling into a new normal.  Somehow that is dotted with quite a few specialist appointments. 

Hoping this is not the "for real" and long-term normal. . .but if it is, then so be it.  :)

In the past few weeks, we have enjoyed celebrating our oldest son's 13th birthday!

Note that I said "celebrated."  We try to make a big deal of the big 13, inviting lots of family and friends.  We also believe it is signficant bc by this age, we hope to be seeing the transition from childhood to young adulthood.  However, Benjamin's birthday was in March.  :0)  Due to some major events in our lives in March and April, we postponed  his celebration time until May.  But I think it was worth it!

Our older three children played in their piano recital.  This was their first recital with their new teacher, and I was very pleased.  We are so thankful they have an opportunity to learn a musical instrument for the potential of serving the Lord with their aquiring knowledge and skill.

We also added a new friend to the farm. . . . .

Meet Bonnie!

Evidently, our farmhands don't have a dresscode.

Our children participate in a science co-op for local homeschoolers, so we always love the end-of-the-year program.

Our older two were in my government co-op class ;) and gave speeches on the Constitution.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the camera out when they were speaking. :(

Of course, it's not all farmwork and schoolwork around here. . . .sometimes it's just some plain ol' fun.


And I will leave you with some plain ol' cute. . . . . .

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Home a Month (or so;)

We have actually been home 5 1/2 weeks.  It seems like we have only just begun (wonder why? lol), and yet, China seems like a time so far away.

We are especially pleased with how the boys are adjusting.  It is truly going better than I ever expected.

Now, of course, everything is not easy, but I think we were trying to prepare ourselves for anything and everything and are now so pleasantly surprised.

Of course, it is most likely the Lord's amazing grace on us and our precious boys.  His mercies *are* new every morning.  ;)

I have written more specific updates on each boy at their website:

Sorry, just too tired to write more here.  But you gotta love links!