Saturday, October 1, 2016


Somebody turned five recently! 

When we asked Billy what he wanted to do to make his birthday special last year, he said to go to a museum to see dinosaur bones.  We did take him to Chuck E Cheese last year but had such a busy year, we never got around to doing the museum.

He had talked about going off and on all year.  With Elizabeth's back rodding surgery and recovery, we just could not do it.  I made certain this year, for his birthday, we went. We took him to the Tellus Museum that is close to our home.  There are so many exhibits there, that we could never see it all in a day.  It was cheaper for us to get a membership, than for us to go for the day.  So ridiculous.  So we will be going back a few  more times over the course of the year to try to see all we missed.

Billy absolutely loved it.

I always pair up one older child with a younger one, to help the younger ones have the most enriched experience?  William!  Be a good example out in public please!
Much better.
We all had a great time.

Daddy even came with us this trip!

Billy, also really loved the section of Science in Motion, that includes an area on space exploration and the evolution of transportation.

How anyone can stand and look at the insides of a Mig-21 fighter plane, for so long, is beyond me.

The children started to get tired after a while, so we took them to the area that had the Fossil Dig and Gem Panning.
Most of the children, really enjoyed spending time quietly bushing the media away, to find the fossils.  Carolyn and Elizabeth panned for gems, typical girls.  :)

Billy really wanted macaroni and cheese for his birthday meal.  It is his favorite.  We hardly ever go out to eat but since it was his birthday, we took him out to eat for his meal.  He had the best time ordering his meal.  The waitresses came out, sang to him and gave him dessert.  He was over joyed!

For his cake this year, he asked Aunt "S" for a chocolate Larry Boy cake, with his name and a 5 on it.  Thank you Aunt "S", for making one little 5  year old boy, truly happy!

Billy, God is doing a great work in you and you have come sooooo far.  You are such a bright and fun young man to be around.  I can't believe you are five already!  We are truly blessed that you are our son!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Love, Dad, mom, Stephen, Antonio, William, Carolyn, Zeke, Elizabeth, Timothy, Kinsley and Baby "A"

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Labor Day Outing!

My kind brother in law and thoughtful sister, took several of our older children on a wonderful and memorable outing on Labor Day.

William, Carolyn and Zeke went to see Ruby Falls and Rock City.  They could not wait for Labor Day to arrive, so they could go.  William has always wanted to go to these two places.  These three young people, are our children, I can always count on to be well behaved.  They always work so hard around here on our farm.  They always are so helpful with all the other children.  I am so blessed to be able to call them our children and have them in our life.  It was a wonderful day away for them, to go and do something fun and be spoiled, for the hard work and effort they exhibit daily.

First, they went to Ruby Falls.  It is a water fall, in a cave, under Lookout Mountain.  There is a huge rock castle as the entrance to the tour.  This picture was taken from the top of the castle.

There is a room full of pictures and information about the explorer, who found Ruby Falls and all the history on it. 

There is a huge cave network under that mountain.

You have to take an elevator 260 feet down, to take the tour.  I guess the elevator screen was interesting to William, as he was the main photographer, for this trip and it was in the pictures I down loaded.

They saw all kinds of cave formations.   It was very fun and educational.

I guess there are no potty's down there.  (Another random photo that showed up when I down loaded them all)

The highlight of the tour is of course Ruby Falls.  It is stunning.  It is a beautiful water fall 145 feet high and 1120 feet under the earth surface.  No picture can actually do it justice.  It is really beautiful.
 The kids really enjoyed the whole experience.

They took a break for lunch and then headed to Rock City. 
Rock City is an amazing place where God carved out beautiful caverns, structures, formations and walkways.
  There is a lot of walking but the children really enjoyed it all.

I believe there is 4,100 feet of walking trails through these beautiful structures and gardens. 

If you have spent much time in the deep south, you have seen a barn or two with the famous "See Rock City" words painted on its side or roof.   Here is the neat history of this practice, that has gone on for many decades. There are even coffee table books made, that have collections of pictures of old barns, with the sayings painted on them.  There are also many people who have bird houses in their yards, with that saying painted on them, all over the south.

I love the above and below pictures of the kids.  These three are very close and always goofing around together.  

Taking a break to have their picture taken.

The view from the top of Lookout Mountain is spectacular.

You can see seven states from up there!

The children have talked a lot about their trip and what they did.  It really made a very happy memory for them to be able to go and see these two sights.  Thank you so much Uncle "B" and Aunt "S" ,for taking the time to plan such a wonderful outing and giving the kids such a special day away.

Psalm 95:2-3  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Slow and Mellow

A farm close to our home.
It seems as if we have turned a corner in life, in some way...or entered another season of life.  For some reason, even though we are busy and have started back to schooling and doctors appointments, things still seem slower and more mellow, than they have been for the last several years.  I think things seem slower and a little easier because the four youngest have grown so much and are not as needy as when they were all so young.  They were brought here by God in a short amount of time and came here back to back.  Right now we have... a one year old, two year old, three year old and four year our four youngest!  

I started home schooling Billy a few weeks ago but Timothy and Kinsley wanted to participate in so many of the things we do, I decided to just include them in what I can as well.  They are all enjoying it so much.

The weather here has cooled a little bit and we are finally getting some regular rain showers, so the grass is growing again. 
One of our goats born this spring.  Panda.  She is growing so fast.

Summer is very hot here in Georgia. 
Some of our children do not handle the heat well at all.  We don't do a lot of outside activities, unless it is fall or spring, when the weather is cooler. 
I tried to take the children to our local playground for a morning outing and then have a picnic afterward.
They had a great time and we toughed it out but it was really still to hot. 
We will try again in a few weeks.  Maybe try to go to our local lake.

We were out traveling to an appointment recently and passed a well known doughnut shop with the "Hot and Fresh" made sign, lit up.  We don't eat donuts very often but my children said they never had one fresh like that and had heard how wonderful they are.  We don't have this place in our town, so we turned around and got them each one for a treat.
Happy, sticky kids!  Zeke, with autism,  hardly ever smiles unless we ask him to.  His face is usually very flacid.  That is what he looks like most of the time.  You can't see Timothy, as he sits next to Zeke, the baby next to Elizabeth and Kinsley next to William.  :)
Kinsley ate the frosting off hers and gave it back.  I have never been able to get her to eat much made of wheat or sweets.  She will only eat veggies, fruits and meats plain. I guess because she has grown up eating off my plate.

This is what happens when one of your children take your cell phone when you are driving somewhere.  These pictures I found when I did a down load.

 God is so very good to us always. 
Life is hard every day, with so many children, with so many different needs... but it is also so rich and good.  I see Gods hand in just everything, every day.  I am forever grateful for all He has done for me.  I am content.  All the glory to God!

Psalm 37:39-40  But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.