I always think I’ll have more time for things like blogging when school is over, but it never seems to work like that.
We’ve had a couple of days at lakes in the Poconos. Teddy was unimpressed by the water the first time, and mostly hung out with me in my “nest of warmth and dryness”, but the second time he was much more adventurous!
We’ve also had a few days at my dad’s house, a wonderful haven with a tire swing and a trampoline and tractor rides and chickens, and most of all a delicious meal I don’t have to cook!
The kids’ Sunday school class treated our whole family to a field trip to a life-size replica of the tabernacle of the Old Testament out in Lancaster. Niko volunteered to be a priest in the demonstration. Earlier in the tour, Lewis had played the part of Joseph with Bea and Teddy as his jealous older brothers. Oh, how I wish I gad acted quickly enough to get a video of that!
We had a lovely visit with my grandparents, who are both in their nineties and are blessed to still be together in their assisted living home after 72 years of marriage! Grandmom is on hospice care, and looking forward to meeting her Lord, but we were very thankful for the time we still have with her. She is one of two Alices in whose honor we chose Romilly’s middle name, so it was extra special for Ro to get to see her.
Over the holiday weekend, we were thankful to have Verity and Teddy dedicated in church. Verity wore the same dress that each of our babies has worn (and tried to eat the pastor’s mic! Cheeky!)
Fourth of July saw us at Teddy’s first big parade. He jumped right in and started dancing with a Bolivian dance troupe, which, thankfully, they were totally cool about 🙂
And finally, we celebrated Bea’s 10th birthday with a day out to the Garden State Discovery Museum, to which we now have a membership. (Kudos to them for, unlike every other attraction we looked into, not limiting number of children on a family membership!) The kids loved it, even the ones who were slightly too big to love it 😉
The slower pace of summer has been just what we’ve all needed to adjust to life as a family of thirteen. Teddy is doing so, so well, and we are all finding our new groove.