Monday, May 18, 2009


Friday I took the kids and a friend and we went on our annual strawberry picking expedition. Last year was not a great year for strawberries (at least when we went), but this year they are excellent. We picked 11 buckets and have enjoyed them over the last several days. We made some strawberry jam; we had strawberries with my very favorite dip (1 jar of Nutella mixed with 1 16 oz carton of sour cream); we had strawberries and whipped cream on waffles; and we made some homemade strawberry ice cream. On top of that I have lots to go into the freezer for smoothies and such. What a great fruit!!!

Notice the empty bucket and where the strawberries are going! That was pretty much the story for her.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


I had some forms I needed to drop off at a government agency. In looking at the address I realized the building was very close to the pediatrician's office where I was headed for an appointment with one of the children. So I figured I would just drop them off after the appointment. So Amy and I went into the building and up to the information counter and I told the woman that I had forms to drop off. She looked at me rather strangely so I repeated myself this time telling her what the forms were and asking if I could just take them to that respective department. She again looked at me strangely and said "the forms have to be mailed in." I was a little dumbfounded and asked why I could not just hand her the forms or take them to the correct department. She said that the forms had to come through the mailroom so they could be stamped with the date received. I asked whether she could just stamp the envelope with the date, but no she could not do that. It seemed no-one had ever tried to drop forms off before and she had no idea what to do, but could only repeat that the forms needed to be mailed in. So I left with my forms only to go and mail them to where I had just come from. I can't wait until government takes over health care!

Mother's Day

We spent Mother's Day afternoon at Stone Mountain.

A couple of Scott's friends joined us. Nate even made me a homemade Mother's Day card!

Happy Mother's Day to a wonderful mother!

Delinquent Graduation Photos

The Graduates:

The rain held off long enough for us to have the ceremony on the back deck. It worked out very nicely.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Grace

Today was Grace's first birthday. She has been such a blessing to us over the last year. She is a very compliant happy baby and we think she is just adorable!

She is not so sure about the candle thing....

...but she definitely liked the cake!

Her new baby:

Amy's Graduation

We had a graduation for Amy and a good friend of hers at our house on Friday evening. We had a slide show for each of them and then one of our pastors gave the girls a charge. Then we had a wonderful time of fellowship. It was a good time to reflect back over the years and the choices we have made which brought us to this time. I am so thankful we had the opportunity to homeschool Amy - the time goes by so fast and we will always treasure those years.We are proud of Amy and her hard work over the years and we look forward to what the Lord will do in the next phase of her life.

Our photographer had some technical difficulties, so I don't have pictures to post yet. I'm trying to get some from others who took pictures and will try to post them later. But below is Amy's slide show. Hope you enjoy.

Science Camp 2

For the second year in a row our homeschool group attended science camp at Camp Sunrise in North Georgia. Katie, Peter, Molly and Emily went and everyone again had a great time. Eric and I stayed home to prepare for Amy's graduation celebration which was to be held at our house and we had a lot of work to do. However, instead of getting all that work done we spent the afternoon at the hospital with Grace. When I went in to get her from her nap she was having a seizure. Eric immediately took her to the hospital. They said it was a seizure due to fever. Her fever was not very high, but they told us that the rate of change can cause a fever as well as the height of the fever. She has recovered well; however, her mother has not. I was quite traumatized by the whole thing and am praying that it will not happen again. None of the children has ever had a seizure before and I can personally do without another one.