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Someone is Seven!!!!

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Someone turned **7** today!
This funny, mischievous, sometimes ornery, loving, tenderhearted boy turned 7 today!
We celebrated yesterday with cupcakes, ice cream, and lunch out, and then again today with.....staying home from church because of a virus! Ugh. Some days you feel like you've got it all together, and some days you just don't. No matter what, however, my children can always bring a smile to my face! As much as it makes me sad to see them grow up, I also look forward to everything the Lord has for them - and us - in the future!
Happy Birthday BW! 

Learning to Read for the Last Time

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Looking back on this year.....


This guy learned to read this year! 

Actually, he started during his Kindergarten school year, but we did a lot of Montessori activities with reading before we moved to one of my favorite purchases of all time - the Abeka Reading Handbook. I found this little handbook when AW was learning, and struggling, to read at BW's age. Something about this book, and definitely the approach it takes, clicked for him. It has had as much and more success with the three little readers after him that also used it to learn to read. 
He absolutely loves to read now, and will read everything he can find, regardless of how big or small it is! His current favorites are our Usborne Shine-A-Light books!
These are the three he got for Christmas:
Construction Site On The Space Station On The Train (No, these aren't affiliated links or anything! I linked to my friend's Usborne site, which is who I use for my Usborne purchases! We love them, and I bet you would, too!)

Secret Sisters (and Brothers)

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Several years ago we started a fun tradition of a brothers/sisters gift exchange. It's really been neat to see this evolve from us simply giving them X amount of dollars, to them earning the money each year, and see how much they look forward to it and how much thought goes in to these gifts!
This year, BMW and AW had each other's names, and BMW had a great time trick wrapping her brother's gifts with all the clear packing tape she could wrap around those gifts (which were a Lego movie and candy to eat while watching it).


AW got his sister all the earrings a little girl's ears could ever need, which is her newest found love, and a sign that my little tomboy girl is growing up too fast on  me! 

KW got SW baby doll clothes and the sweetest little car seat, both things which speak to her baby-loving heart so much. I promise, SW is one of the most tender-hearted girls you will ever meet, especially when it comes to babies. We can't make it through the doll aisle at th…

Reintroductions Are In Order

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Since it has been SO long, I feel like I should reintroduce the gang to you :) Older faces also get to have new names! Well, not exactly new names. It's more so that their old blog nicknames just don't seem to fit anymore. So we are going a different route from here forward - get ready for something huge! - initials! Hahaha! So that really didn't need a lot of thought, but it's what works now and will flow a lot smoother while I'm writing/typing, so there ya go. :)


Hello! From babies to big, gangly, growing and gorgeous! I have tried and tried to explain to them what happens when they insist on growing up - that the end result is making their mom and dad so much older, as well - but they refuse to listen to reason. So  now we are in this stage of life where everyone has exploding growth spurts, emotions and hormones are slightly raging at times, and yet the experiences and dynamics of this family of mine are truly amazing. 

KW
This oldest girl of ours is such a tre…

3..2..1... ReLaunch!!!

Well. Long time, no see!

It's been a year since I drafted a blog post - one that went completely unfinished and never posted. I'm going to be updating the blog over the next 48 hours, and I believe it is definitely time to catch up on what we've been doing in our school and life! If you've wondered where we went to, just know that we've been towing the line over here, staying busy, growing and changing, and I look forward to writing again and giving glimpses of our day to day with you!

Sincerely-
The mama of NGH 

Music To My Ears

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When the school year began, the three oldest were wrapped up intensely in the amazing Christmas play we were blessed to take part in. Because of that, I didn't throw them all in to a great deal of music classes this school year. However, LM did get to join the beginning orchestra with our local homeschool music group.
These pictures were taken at their Spring Solo and Ensemble competition. It just so happened that every new orchestra member this year wanted to play violin, which made for a nice beginners group :)

LM loves music so much, and has not only a beautiful voice (she also had a solo singing entry in the competition), but picks up so much by ear when she plays :) My prayer is that she truly gives her talents to the Lord and lets Him guide her, as she uses those talents to praise His name!

6 Months In The Making

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Guess what? We are still here!!! Wow! 6 months (give or take) flew by in a wink!  

I miss blogging! Life has definitely kept us very busy, but I am determined to catch back up on my blogging, or at least just pick it back up where I left off! Just a quick update this morning, and maybe I can pop in here later and give a  longer one!

I could not describe it any better than this! This has been our life for the last year and a half. From school our of state, to trips generally every other week, give or take, my husband has been away from home more than he's been home the last year and a half! It's a crazy life, a God-called life, and we love it, but it can wear on a person sometimes. That being said, we pray it is coming to a close this summer - not the military life, just the constant trips.  We should be settling back in to him working solely out of home base (for the most part) this summer, and we will welcome that normalcy to return.



A peek at the kids now, after all these m…