Dock is out!!

We slowed down yesterday morning and put out the dock, made a fire and had hot dogs for lunch. Life schooling is about teaching rhythm and not just rat race.

We had an amazing field trip on orienteering at St John’s University in the afternoon. Beautiful day to enjoy God’s creation.

STEM indoor skydiving

Today I set Carl up for a parenting win. He took 4 kids down to the cities for the best field trip ever. The pictures are all you need. They are addicted and are trying to figure out how to save $250 so they can do a week summer camp there.

Portable Vision Art Show

Tonight was the culmination of a semester’s worth of work. We are so proud of Lydia and the beautiful woman she is becoming. Her art is simply impressive.


Adie jumps into the van after a night at YFC Portable Vision and says, ”Whew, it stinks like B.O. in here.

Jacks replies without missing a beat, ”Well, you better get used to it if you ever want to get married.”

She was silenced.


We taught Regina how we try to celebrate our lasts. It is easy to celebrate the firsts for things but being intentional about celebrating lasts is much more difficult. Max is the king in our house for milking the ”lasts.”

So at 9:55, he comes down asking for a story. I give in only to a Little Critter (they are short and sweet.)

I finished the book and he flops backwards and says, ”carry me to bed.”

I said, ”This might be the last time I do this because you are a big kid.”

He whispered back, ”No it won’t, ” and then giggles.

Mother’s Day

It was a delightful Mother’s day: church, nap, walk and family and friends around a fire.

I also scored my first dandelions of the season and Regina showered me with lots of love.

It made me think of all the kids I’ve been blessed to shepherd, guide, and love who live all over the world.

I’m so richly blessed.

Daddy is home

After being gone the past 16 out of 18 days, we are so excited that Daddy is home.

Late night giggles

These three would keep me up past midnight if I let them. I usually turn into a pumpkin by 11pm. We had lots of fun catching up on life and learning some culture from Regina.