Life has been busy.
Kids are growing up, moving on, moving out. Doing their own things.
In May, Jaime moved out. She’s doing well. Thanks for the prayers. They’ve worked. She has a boyfriend and he’s kept her on track. Not too happy they’ve moved in together, but we really like Zach.
Ashley enlisted in the Army in June. Left for Basic Training some 2000 miles away ten days later on Father’s Day. It was an emotional good-bye but she was ready. She is another one that was causing some stress in the house. So our summer was more peaceful. She injured herself so much that they ended up sending her home in September for medical. She could re-enlist in six months but has decided not too. She got a job last week. Doing well.
We went camping in July. Had a blast! Can’t wait to go again this summer. Praying more often than just once.
Donald had enlisted in the Army National Guard back in March. He left for Basic Training in August. The same base where Ashley was at. That was a hard good-bye too. He’s been my right hand man for so long….but we’ve survived. He graduated Basic the first part of November and went on to AIT to be an IT guy. He got to come home for Christmas for two weeks. That didn’t go so well. Some how I made him mad and he ended up staying with Jaime most of the time he was home. Pretty stressful. He went back to AIT and will graduate in April. Dave and I are wanting to go for graduation. We will see…if he will ever get us a for sure date so we can book airline tickets.
Ashley met a guy while at basic. He also ended up being sent home for medical. He is from the south. After he got home, he began texting and calling Ashley. After about six weeks of that, he decided to make the big 2000 mile journey up this way to visit for a couple of weeks. He has since decided to stay up here and began looking for a job. He also started working in the same place Ashley is and will be looking for his own place this next week with his first paycheck. He’s a good kid. They want to get married but we won’t give our blessing yet. They both have some growing up to do. But it took a lot of courage for him to leave everything behind to come up here and get to know Ashley better and now doesn’t want to leave her.
I got sick right after Thanksgiving. Was sick for a good 2 1/2 weeks. So homeschool got put on hold sooner than is typical. Then Dave got it during my second week. He still has a cough even today.
I ended up armchair shopping for the majority of Christmas. That was kind of fun! Easier to window shop. I didn’t have to leave the kids often and stress out the little ones even more. They don’t handle me leaving for long lengths of time too often.
We started school back up this week. Hard to get back into the swing of things after six weeks or so but we are trudging along. The kids are thriving better with a routine.
Donald, Nehemiah, Jaime, and Ashley all got boy/girlfriends this year. Adam did too but they broke up just before Thanksgiving. All pretty much got their other halves the first week of June (except Ashley). Kind of wild. All are thinking / planning marriage as well. Good thing we like their new other halves really well. Lots of weddings in our future. Possibly starting in 2017.
Nicole is 21 and doing well. All of a sudden had a mental growth spurt. Don’t know where it came from but has grown and matured greatly the past few months.
Jaime is 20. Her update above.
Ashley is 19. Her update is above. Ashley’s boyfriend is also adopted.
Donald is 19. His update is above.
Nehemiah is 17. He was on the swim team this past year too. He was the second fastest on the swim team. First only about two seconds faster. He does a pretty pretty butterfly. Love it! He has a girlfriend who is also adopted. His girlfriend is Donald’s girlfriend’s cousin. So when the boys get married they will be bro-sins I guess. LOL
Austin is 17. He’s also had a mental growth spurt like Nicole. Not sure what got in the water but hey, I’ll take it.
Tiffany is 15. She is still plugging along. Nothing extra going on with her. She needs the same mental maturity growth spurt we’ve seen in Nicole and Austin. I guess she needs to drink more “water”. Maybe soon.
Adam is 15. He had a girlfriend for awhile. She wanted the relationship to move faster than he was comfortable with and he didn’t want to break any rules her parents had set. She wasn’t happy with that and said he had too many “issues” and broke it off. He still has somewhat of a protective wall around himself from his bio and foster are time. He’s broken it down around Dave and I but not around having a love interest and others. Adam was also on the swim team. He did very well.
Cody is 15. He has had a huge growth spurt in height. I thought he’d never grow. He’s been looking like a 10-year-old for so long. Now he’s passed Tiffany up in height. He needs to drink more “water” though. Cody was also on the swim team.
Stephanie is 13 as of December. She was also on the swim team and did very very well. She is getting tall too. She will pass Tiffany up here pretty soon too. She’s begun some teenage girl sass. I have to keep on her.
Tawny is 12. Down Syndrome has not slowed her down any. She keeps up with the best of them.
Dennis is 10. He is growing in his education. Reading is beginning to make sense to him. He is behind in math but catching up. He has started multiplication this week. So far he’s doing well.
Sofia is 8. She has passed Dennis up in math and reading. She’s pretty much on target. She began division this week.
Logan is 6. Still not quite ready to listen to school lessons in bookwork. Everything is still a game with him when I try teaching him. So we will continue with the living skills activities in learning for now.
The same for 4-year-old Jeremiah. He’s a little stinker. He spends quite a bit of time in time-out yet. Can’t quite figure out why he still insists on challenging the rules, but he does. I got him a set of PJs for Christmas that say, “Big trouble in a little body”. Fits him for sure.
Our business has had a superb year. Praising the Lord for all He has given and provided for us in 2015. All the glory goes to Him.
So that’s my quick update in a nutshell ….. large nutshell to get through everyone. I guess I didn’t cover the three bio kids did I? Maybe that will be another post. I didn’t want to make this one too terribly long.
A very blessed 2016 to each of you!