Phew…what a week, and it’s not even Friday yet! It’s been an emotionally stressful week! Some good, some bad, all of it taxing. I am so thankful for God’s Word. Each morning (except last Monday, when I was sick in bed!) I meet with the Lord. He strengthens and sustains me for that day. He never gives me a week’s worth of help at one time, or even three days’ worth. No, just enough for the day. He allows the sun to shine, the rain to fall (though not much lately), the winds to blow and yes, He sometimes allows the storms to rage. Through it all, He is with me, helping me:
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  – Isaiah 43:2

 Praise the Lord!

I have so much to catch up on, and of course life is continually moving along, so I’m always behind the eight ball on this blog! Thank you for bearing with me.Lately, we’ve had severe heat. So bad, that we cannot stand to be out of doors for long. That is one of several reasons why we started school early this year, and we made a good call. Mitchell surprised me by starting a load of laundry today. I had imagined I would go through this big lesson where I spelled it all out to him, but that obviously wasn’t necessary. He popped a load in like it was nothing. And did it correctly! He’s making us some sugar cookies right now (from a mix). He helped his dad work on a vacuum earlier today, so I think he’s going to be well-rounded in his life skills!

Lauren’s been spending her free time with a girl who lives next door. She and her parents rented our missions house for a few months while her dad is working in our area. They must go back home to Indiana this weekend, so I know there will be four sad faces when that happens. We’ve enjoyed having her company and attendance at church.

Leslie and Laci have been playing and learning. We are finished our third week of school and so far, so good! 🙂 Matthew is having fun being adorable and has added several new words to his vocabulary!

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and share a few photos. These are only from one folder on my computer – back at the end of May! More to come. I hope.

The boys being silly. Matt liked his “boat”. 

Father and son time. Matthew brought in this stock pot to stand on beside his dad. This was at bedtime.

Wearing dad’s boots, and walking, amazingly!

Matthew got into something blue! I can’t even remember what this was, now! If  I remember, or my husband reminds me, I’ll update this post. 😉

Matthew resting on our hot Memorial Day.

I made some homemade milkshakes and Matt didn’t like the loud noise of the blender at all!

Mitchell is asleep like this – he was reading. 

Matthew in repose eating a banana. I know, I’m so prejudiced. 

Laci lost her first tooth in early May! 🙂

Laci’s Lego shoes. haha!

Laci, being her sweet, silly, creative self, and Leslie being the same behind her! I love these kiddos.
The men ready for church on a Sunday morning in May. 
This concludes our photo-recap. I hope to soon have more catch up posts from the other 65 folders on my computer. Okay, I exaggerate. Slightly. 
I’d like to leave you with some verses from my Bible reading this week. I keep a notebook to jot down the verses that are a blessing to me each day. It’s good for me to write while I read, that way I pay more attention! Each day, these verses were just what I needed! 
{from July 31, 2012}
Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

{from today, August 2, 2012}
Psalm 60:11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.


3 thoughts on “More Catching Up

  1. Ava Kinsey says:

    Love the photos!

    Gracie does some of the same things as Matthew: covering her ears when something is loud and finding something to stand on (“I want to help Mommy!”)

    Miss y'all!


  2. I read the first line of your post, “It's been an emotionally stressful week! ” and I was raising my hand saying, “For me, too!”

    As always, it is such a pleasure to catch up with you. Precious photos and touching moments to read pieces of your heart.

    Blessings on your weekend!


  3. Jennifer P says:

    Such a beautiful family! Macy doesn't like loud appliances either! She usually cries.


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