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Natalie finished her best friend pillow… finally!  Am I the only mom who has kids that love to start projects and then quickly lose interest in finishing them?  I must say, though, she did a great job!  It turned out super cute.

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These two make me laugh… always!  (unless they make me cry…)  They just look so grown-up in this picture!  My boy has insisted on long-sleeves and socks now that it’s 100+ degrees out.  Yes, they make me smile!

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Summer days with swimming, friends, and games… we start school on Tuesday and I am already missing these days!

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Lately my husband haas been playing his guitar a lot more.  Listening to him worship while the kids dance around our bedroom is the best.

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Every time Malachi gets “boy stickers,” or “boy coloring books” or anything I tuck them away into his special “boy craft box.”  The other day the girls were doing crafts, and he wanted to join in… I got so excited to pull out his craft stuff for the first time in a long time!  He still loves his green and black!

Still my little girl…

Tonight my oldest and I had one of our fun chats.  My girl LOVES to talk!  And, I love to be her mom!  She informed me that certain things make kids grow-up faster — like going on mission trips.  Yikes!  Don’t they grow fast enough as it is?  Anyway, then I came downstairs and downloaded the pictures from today, and was reminded that my tween is still my little girl.  She and her sisters had a fun American Girl time this morning, and she did her hair to match her doll.

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LOVE IT!

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Yesterday I awoke to one of those, “MOM, MOM!!!!” moments.  Thankfully there was no blood involved.  Natalie was alerting me to the fact that there was a cat in our backyard, in the same place we found Stray, that looked just like Stray.  Weird, I know!  Today I saw him again at another house so I think it is safe to say he is not staying.  The kids made sure I took a picture before he disappeared.  He really was a friendly cat who rubbed up against the kids.  He ran away from me, though.  Oh, well… no tears shed by me!  Our kids have already named him… Bobcat!

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Summer Evenings

I almost had a heart attack today.  (Not really — don’t worry, Mom!)  Here’s the deal.  We spent the entire afternoon at a water park, and the kids had a blast.  But, when I got home and checked my e-mail, it said “Hope you had a great first day of school!”  Oops.  We have never, ever missed the first day of school before.  Part of the reason is because our charter is going through lots of changes and communication has been lacking.  And, it really doesn’t make a huge difference if we start late.  I mean, we homeschool… so it’s ok, right?  Still.  It felt weird.  We’ve been so busy that I really haven’t had much time to prep. I just put away last year’s work yesterday!

All that to say, I need to get on the ball!  In the meantime, we are going to continue to enjoy our summer evenings in the garden and with the chickens.  (That’s school, right?)  We are also going to continue enjoying our pool since it was 104 degrees out today!  Ah, the joys of homeschooling!

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25 Years

I know, I know… I was getting tired of seeing the rainbow, too.  It’s never a question of what to blog about, but rather give me energy to blog!  We are in a busy season!

Anyway, our church just celebrated its 25th anniversary.  We feel so incredibly blessed to say Water of Life is our home church.  I seriously think God brought me to this city way back in 1997 just to bless me with my church!  To celebrate, there was a huge church service at a nearby outdoor pavilion complete with food trucks and a Jeremy Camp concert.  It was so much fun!

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These two played and danced and danced and played.  It was so fun to watch!  (I am also so glad I brought the ball!)

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I tried to get a video of the little ones dancing, but no luck!  Maybe I’ll try again when my techie hubby gets home!

Psalm 19:1

Every time I see a rainbow outside, I grab my camera.  I just can’t let one go without capturing the moment.  This happened yesterday afternoon:

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As spectacular as that rainbow was, I was even more blown away by this cloud formation:

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Last night I was walking downstairs after having all my kids tucked-in quietly when I saw it.  I couldn’t help it.  I called all my kids out of bed to come see.  We all agreed it was a spectacular display of God’s glory!  I am still not sure how that cloud was illuminated while the clouds in front of it were not, but I just love it!  (This was facing east at sunset.)

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I have always loved the sky and cloud formations.  Last year I commented on how glad I was we learned Psalm 19:1  “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hand.”  AMEN!