Friday, November 21, 2008


Our little Jaclynn is quickly narrowing in on the one year mark. I don't know how the time has passed so quickly, but it has.  Everyday she tries harder and harder to keep up with her older siblings. She is a fun baby to care for everyday. She makes it way too easy to have three littles.

Calvin is our brave warrior. Daily he battles the treacherous conditions of our backyard to protect his mother and two sisters from spiders and pincher bugs. He beams with pride as he stomps, squashes, and destroys all creepy crawlies that dare come near. It is a funny thing that he is stuck with all girls all the time. He definitely has to endure the girly things on a daily basis. At least he gets to take on the role of our protector while Daddy is away. He is growing into such a wonderful young man. I can't believe his third birthday is just around the corner.
This picture makes me laugh. It actually is quite characteristic of my kids.
Serious Sydney and Crazy Calvin.
Sydney is FIVE! She just had her fifth birthday. Wow! I am still in shock. She is a tremendous blessing in the lives of this little family. Her heart is so full of love for all of us and most everyone she comes in contact with. She has a desire to serve others that amazes me. God has gifted her greatly in that area. My prayer is that the Lord allows me to direct her successfully during these crucial years. Since she is my oldest I can better see what things draw her out and cause her to think and react. It has been an awesome journey getting to know our eldest young lady as she grows out of toddlerhood into her adolescence.
( Flowers from her Daddy on her birthday)

Update on Kindergarten:
She is doing very well. We are having tons of fun with our new homeschool journey. We meet with an academic advisor every four weeks to turn in work and check up on Sydney's progress. At our most recent meeting she said Sydney was right on track and was a very intelligent little girl. Sydney impressed her with her amazing memorization abilities. She has a very strange ability to remember books and events and things we've learned about years ago and recite them exactly as they were told to her. Her memory goes all the way back to when she was 18 months old. She vividly remembers the summer before Calvin was born and the many events that took place. Trips we took and all the details about them too. It is weird, you have to experience it to get the full effect. It is funny though she is not the kid who sits down to do school work or even her Awana memorization verses, and says give me more. She is definitely a hands on learner. She wants to touch and hear and explore the real world examples of things. She is not a challenge to teach but it is challenging for me to be creative enough for her. Creativity is something I have always longed to have more of. Hopefully I'll develop more creativity as I gain experience as a homeschooling mom.
At the end of the day all is well hear. We are getting ready for the busy season of Holiday shopping, eating, and cheer. More to come soon, Lord willing.