Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Winding Down

We are pretty much done with this school year. We may continue with math all summer and our nature journals, but that is about it. Piper will continue school as she has struggled all year long and we can't afford to stop. But, she will just be working on her alphabet and numbers and phonics. 

Since we are just about finished, we have spent more time on nature studies and art. I have come to really like our nature studies and looking at what the kids have written and drawn in their journals. 

I am ready to be done with school and enjoy some down time this summer. I am hoping to do some short day trips with the kids but not much else.  

Piper started her physical therapy and she thinks it is fun. 

Andrew ended up at the ER this week and had to get 7 stitches in his leg. 

The kids spent over an hour painting and drawing this afternoon. It has rained so much it is hard to get out to play so it has been a good week for art.

Baking is also something we did this week since it was raining so much. Andrew baked some cookies and took them to our neighbors. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Short Update

I wanted to thank everyone for their prayers for my son, Joey. He was able to start his chemo again last week as his numbers went up fairly quickly. He has done pretty well -- extremely tired and does have bad days, but also has some good days. Please keep him in your prayers. 

Piper is doing well and is getting ready to start physical therapy. This has been a strange and long process, but I am thinking that she will be back to her old self in a few weeks. Right now she is hobbling around, but can go anywhere she wants pretty quickly.

Tess is doing great after her surgery and is ready to start up all her activities -- especially riding a bike. But, she has another week before she is totally released for all sports. 

Bethany has a little over one year left in her clinical trial. Things are going really well and I do believe the medication is helping her. We found out last month that in the first phase she got the placebo. I had actually kind of thought that - not quite sure why, but maybe because I really saw no difference in her health whatsoever. But, she is doing well and we are so happy she was able to get in this trial. I remember when I got the news she was accepted. I was in China picking up Piper and Tess and the doctor wanted Bethany to come in as soon as possible. So, as soon as we were back home it was right over to the hospital to get started. 

Posting a few random pictures from the past week.

In the first two pictures Piper is learning to tie her shoes. She is kind of getting it but still has some trouble. Tess is great about helping her.

Bethany and Andrew found a baby bird in the yard last night as Andrew was cutting grass.

Sophia has gotten a little more social lately - and I mean just a little. But, she does really like sitting on the porch in the rocking chair. Every few minutes one of the kids will go up and play with her or talk to her. 

Andrew brought these flowers to me the other day. They are already dropping petals, but still pretty.

Monday, May 15, 2017


On Mother's Day some of the kids found a snake. They brought it in for everyone to see and Michael wanted to make sure Luke got a good look. Not so sure Luke was thrilled, but he didn't seem scared at all - probably too young to care. 

I do like the expression on Luke's face in this last one of him.