Monday, September 20, 2010
They are the Tigers. They lost their first game but they also found out that they are a pretty good team. Andrew had to sit this game out due to his pneumonia. Andrew was pretty down.
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Christian is number 74. He had a good game. I don't know much about football. This is what I know about Christian's position....he took down the guy running the ball. He was successful quite a few times this night. The next 4 pictures show him doing just that.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
We had a jam packed 8 day trip. This is a quick summary....We started our journey by spending time with family and a big wedding in Illinois. It was so great catching up with everyone. I just wished I had better pictures. I have none of the actually ceremony. It was beautiful. The day after the wedding, We headed to Louisville, Ky to see two college campuses and to tour Churchill Downs. We left Louisville and headed to one college tour and two days at Kentucky Lake. We ended our trip by seeing our very dear, special friends, The Smith's and The King's. They were starting up Mission Clarksville at the same time we were adopting Lucey. We prayed every day together during that time. It was time to introduce our babies to one another. They met Lucey for the first time and we got to spend time with their youth and their ministry. What an amazing program God has grown through them. We were truly inspired. It was hard to say good-bye. We left Tennessee and ended back at Nana and Papa's to celebrate Nana's birthday. What a great way to end a vacation....with cake!
There is so much more I would like to write...the pictures will tell the rest of the story....enjoy....
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
The school children from the 4 different schools, faculty, family members and military here on our post walked to Normandy Track yesterday morning. We went on a Freedom Walk.
Freedom Walks were started in 2005 by Pentagon employees wishing to commemorate the attack on the Pentagon and honor the lives of those lost on September 11, 2001. They now have become a way to renew our commitment to freedom and to honor all who help us maintain our freedom especially our veterans, as well as to honor firefighters, police and sheriff's deputies. past and present.
Andrew and Christian both picked out patriotic shirts to wear to school today. I didn't have to remind them.
Lucey is ready with her "freedom colors."
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I decided to put these pictures in birth order....A little bit about their summer and the start of the school year for each of them.
17 years old and in his senior year of high school. I still can't believe this is his last year of school. He amazes both Ron and I every day. His summer was about this......
1. He worked at the airfield on the post we live on. He flew in a small plane for the first time riding along on work related business. He loved that experience. He greeted VIP's (key leaders in our nations military) as they arrived in their jets. He is not shy and loved the opportunity to talk with amazing men. He also had some dirty, hard work like cleaning bunches of dead frog out of the hanger after major rain storms. Washing bugs off air craft in 100 degree temperature. He didn't mind at all. Really, in all honesty, Adam is one of the happiest persons I know. He makes the best of all he does.
3. He spent time studying for his ACT that he will take next weekend. This will be Adam's second try at it. He scored very well on the English and Reading portion of the test but wants to improve his math and science. He has written his essay for his scholarships. He has asked for letters of recommendations from several General officers. Those Generals have agreed and have written those letters for him. Preparing for college is a full time job. Thankfully Ron is in charge of this. Part of our family vacation was visiting colleges that Adam is interested in.
4. Adam loves to read and spent a lot of his free time catching up on books he has stacked up in his room.
5. He spent time with friends. A special friend in Illinois whom he thinks of as a brother and friends from school as well.
6. He experienced heart break as well when a friend from his old school died in a tragic car accident as he was leaving school right at the start of the school year. It was a time of prayer and reflection on this young persons life and how to process this in a young persons mind. It was difficult as a parent to work through this with Adam. Jesus was the healing balm through this painful wound.
Adam off to school with lunch sack in one hand and the keys to the car in the other. I am still not all that comfortable with him driving off in the car. I pray for him every time he leaves the house. I surrender him to the Lord and my issues with control. It was extra hard after learning about Adam's friend's death.
Adam spent the first week of school on retreat and lived in the dorm. The house was really quiet with Adam not around. I really didn't like it. I'd better prepare myself for next year if he decides to go to school away from us. Nana and Papa were visiting....Papa in the back ground with Lucey on his lap.