~The Ten of Us~

*A Day In Our Life*
*It Is The Sweet Simple Things of Life Which Are the Real Ones After All*
"And thank you for a house full of people I love. Amen."~Ward Elliot Hour


what a busy week...emily's trying out for cheerleading....searched for all-white shoes which is not as easy to find as they use to be, specific black shorts, physical that she almost didn't pass because of a heart murmur..she had an echocardiogram done several yrs ago showing it was ok....went to a fun tumbling class last night at the gymnastics academy...lots of rules and commitment so we're trying to make sure this is something that's doable and something she's able to commit to and keep grades up at the same time. she really wants to do it so we're encouraging but realistic too. bran made the dean's list at uva. he wants to double major. his advisor says it'll be difficult but it has been done. next yr he's taking a different foreign language,i think arabic. he's coming home around may 10. we'll enjoy having him home this summer because as time goes on he won't be coming home as much. i have not quite adjusted to him being gone...there's still an important piece of our family missing...things have changed and it's bittersweet for me. i'm just happy he's in such a good place...could not be prouder of him....all the kids make me proud. car insurance...it goes up alot even for a 2-kid family. we have to figure out a car arrangement that works for everyone. may have to juggle things to make it work which is not a bad thing. ben made me happy by getting into drawing again...he really is very talented. each of our children is unique in their own ways. laura is a beautiful dancer and singer...singing for her youth group band. i heard such nice things said of her at her sweet 16. she is a special girl and loved by many. it's fun watching audrey,livy, jonah, and savannah's personalities develop... some happy pictures of me and my baby....

she made block necklaces

enjoying a nice spring day...i love my baby...she is so smart..s growing way too fast ..enjoying the time we have together before she starts school....what am i going to do with myself...a new stage of life not known for a long time.....not sure how that's going to go....just enjoying savannah fix my hair, put jewelry on me, she loves to fix people up and put lipstick on....my little girly girl. audrey is our outdoor lover,...want to shoot guns, hunt, camp, fish so dad's going to get his canoe and sailboat ready. ..there's so much to keep up with and yet i want the kids to experience the things i didn't get to.. find interests and try to give them the means to enjoy it. it's a careful balance that can easily be overwhelming. parenting can be difficult to the point of saying how much more can i offer to be the best i can be or at least keep my head above water and not become mentally exhausted.....i tend to worry a lot about how we're going to do this and that... but i am really proud of my kids. they are amazing to me.