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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happy Birthday, Babies!

"Don't bother about believing it, if you don't like," said the
Princess. "It doesn't so much matter what you believe as what I am."
From The Enchanted Castle (E. Nesbit)

I can't believe that our twin daughters are eleven years old, but as the Princess says, it doesn't matter how hard it is to believe--the fact is that they are! We love you girls so much and we are very proud of all that God is doing in your lives.

Poor Hope was sick on the day of our family party. She gamely stood by her cake--then went back to bed until gift time! We saved her a piece.

Sydney requested cheese cake for her birthday!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Carry On

As we sat in the shade and read Carry On, Mr. Bowditch together, the kids drew copied colonial designs and made leaf rubbings. Soon, our tree's branches became masts of a nineteen-gunner and the Edwards Academy kids were actually crew members of an American ship en route to the South Pacific--and on the lookout for privateers.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Look Who's One!

Our fifth baby is already one! You can see my hands holding her back from the flame as everyone sang, "Happy Birthday" to her. Although the pictures don't show it, the room was crowded with four grandparents, four siblings, three cousins, two aunts, two uncles, and mom and dad--seventeen well-wishers!

We all got a huge kick out of watching her taste cake--and sugar icing--for the first time!

She clapped her hands in sheer joy!

When Lydia pulled out this baby doll from the gift bag, her expression was priceless (she hasn't had a doll until now). Then, her crowd of adoring fans all began cheering because to our complete delight she said, "Ba-ba."

Aunt Leida presented Lydia with her name cross-stitch. This precious gift means so much to us because Lydia's first year of life was a very difficult year for her great-aunt Leida, as she spent it battling cancer. Leida is doing well now, thanks be to God, but the cross-stitch gift, which was a fun and relaxing project to make for all the other children, was a painful project and labor of love this time. Thank you, Leida! We love you so much.

Lydia's cousin Wesley gave us a little concert on his electric guitar.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

American Revolution Reenactment

Our Truth Treasure Hunter kids recently reenacted a Revolutionary War battle at a nearby nature park. To prepare for the battle, they made paper mache powder horns and guns as well as paper tricorn hats.


Incidentally, no one was keen on playing the part of the British regulars. I brought along some red shirts to slip on, to at least evoke the uniformed British army, and all kids were required to take a turn marching as the British army, with instructions to die with drama!

You can see why acting out the stealthy tactics of the Patriots--at least in the ambush style--was the favorite!

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