1. Our sweet Elizabeth turned eight.
And when I say she is sweet I really mean it. She's fairly quiet and shy but loves to help whenever I ask. She's a voracious reader (are there any books left at the library that she hasn't read?) and is always quick to pray for the people she loves and those in need. This little girl is such a blessing in our lives!
2. We shot a few fire works for the Fourth of July.
Gustin and Jonathan had a fierce head-to-head battle with their firecracker tanks.
Gustin won. What joy it is when the little brother wins!
Both my girls were happy to watch from the sidelines. They're not big fans of explosions.
3. We went on vacation!
Every year we go on vacation with Eric's extended family and this year, for the first time, we went to the beach. We stayed together in a beach house (all 27 of us, including 9 kids under the age of 5) and had a terrific time.
We frolicked in the sand and water every day.
We also visited the Corpus Christi Aquarium. Somehow I didn't take many pictures at the aquarium besides the obligatory ones in front of the wingspan sign.
When we drove up to the aquarium we discovered that the USS Lexington is permanently anchored right next door. We had to visit it, too!
What an amazing experience. We hope to go back another day when we will have more time to explore and without a tired, cranky two-year-old who was already pooped out from the visit at the aquarium.
4. Back to school!
Here's our traditional picture of the school kids by the front door.
Jonathan is a big 5th grader. He gets a locker at school now and can play on the school sports teams. Soccer tryouts were already on the second day of school and I may not be able to stop to breathe again until the season is over in October. Gone are the slow days and wide-open schedules of summer time!
Elizabeth is thrilled to be in third grade.
But, even Elizabeth's excitement can't eclipse how ecstatic Gustin is to finally be in Kindergarten.
This little face at his desk on the first day of school pretty much says it all.
There's only one baby at home with me during the day now.
It's wonderful and melancholy all at the same time. Gustin told me on the first day of school that I wasn't allowed to cry because I missed him; I was only allowed to be excited for him since he was so happy. I tried, Gustin, I really did.
5. A prayer request.
My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. She will undergo a mastectomy on August 29th. They caught the cancer early and her prognosis is good, but please pray that they are able to remove all the cancer and that there are not any complications. Also, please pray for my dad who is experiencing some complications with his diabetes. Pray that these complications can be resolved quickly so that his health problems don't interfere with Mom having her surgery as scheduled. Thank you so much for even the smallest prayers that you can offer for my family at this time!