Besides being Mitchell’s birthday on August 8, it was also the last day of the library’s summer reading program! The older ones loved volunteering and the little ones had a great summer of reading. The theme was “Fizz, Boom, Read!”  so science was the focus of the activities. The kids each got an animal shape to put their name on when they signed up. Each time they read five books, they got a sticker to put on their shape and a small prize.



Leslie read the most books of anyone in our family, with a grand total of  135!


Laci wasn’t too far behind with a total of 110.


Matthew came in third place with 60 books, which were read to him.

dinosaurLauren and Mitch had a great time volunteering. This was Lauren’s second time to do it, but Mitchell was a newbie. As you can imagine, they cannot wait until next year!

Some of my family members far away wanted to see photos of Mitchell’s cake and party, so here they are:


This is *not* musically accurate. I apologize to all of the piano aficionados out there.


Leslie Anne was my right-hand girl when I was decorating this. She makes a great assistant.


Mitchell’s reaction…and Matt’s… to seeing the cake the first time. 🙂




Laci drew him a picture. She had to explain what it meant. It was cute, just like her.


Leslie made Mitch a card, too, and also added $5 of her own money, without being told. This touched my heart so much that she and I both teared up. I know that she and Mitchell have struggled in their relationship. This is evidence that the Lord is working in the hearts of my children.

What a wonderful way to end the summer.


4 thoughts on “Summer’s End

  1. I’ve been wanting to see a photo of the cake after you showed it hidden on Instagram! What a fun cake, and it looks so yummy! (Can’t beat chocolate!)

    WOW! I’m so impressed with how many books the children read! We participated in our summer reading program, too. I enjoy it a little more than Gracie does right now, but she does like getting the little prizes. She does love being read to and makes a game of putting the library books on the floor and pretending there is quicksand and she has to dig the book out.

    I always love seeing photos of y’all!


    1. Thank you, Ava. It’s always great hearing from you. I’m so glad you all enjoyed the summer reading. I hope to share the photos of the different special programs they hosted. I’m kind of behind on blogging. :/


  2. Carolyn Courtney says:

    Congratulations on all the books you have read this summer! That is terrific! I love the cake you made for Mitchell’s birthday. How did you make the white keys? Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos.


    1. Both keys are made from chocolate – white and milk. Thanks. I’m glad you like it. He enjoyed it. 🙂


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