|A bumper crop of table grapes this year. The children have eaten hundreds!|
Having so many children, can make life so busy but I must say, that in life right now, deep in my heart, I am happy and content. Tim and I have raised several groups of children. Stephen was our child for nine years before any other children came into our lives and home. Then Antonio, William and Faith Anne were all a year apart. The next group was Carolyn, Zeke and Elizabeth. They were all about a year apart. Of course now, the four little ones in our home are all about a year apart. Each time another grouping of children were added, the older group became such a big help in caring for and playing with the younger group. Also, in helping around the house. I can not say enough good about the older children in our home. God has blessed Tim and I mightily with such wonderful older children. They have such giving, loving and helpful spirits about them. There is no way to get life done without us all working together. It is a ministry and they know it and live it, without complaint and with joy and patience. Truly, God is so good and builds families.
Stephen is still doing well and living and working in a town about 45 minutes from us. He comes to visit every other weekend to see the children and spend time with us. Sometimes he brings his girlfriend and we get to enjoy having her here as well.
Antonio is very slowly improving. I would like to thank everyone who has been praying for him. He does understand what I am saying and I know it is blessing him and encouraging him to know you are praying for him. He is improving a little every day and I know it is only because of fervent prayer. It has now been three weeks since his Botox incident and his body is still very lax and he can not move it much at all. But he is now able to move his head a little and raise his right arm once in a while. The biggest and most encouraging thing is he is mumbling some and speaking a little. It takes him a few moments but he is answering yes and no when asked questions now about 50 percent of the time and has said a few short sentences over the last few days. Yesterday he even asked for an oatmeal cream pie. :) He has not been able to eat by mouth over the last few weeks without choking, so since he asked, I did break very small pieces off for him to eat and he did very well with this. So, I will begin introducing food orally to him little by little as he can tolerate and manage it. He is still not smiling much but does several times a day and when I catch him with his old smile on his face, it blesses me so much. He also used to squeal many times a day in excitement and had not done this since the Botox shots. He has now squealed one time when Tim came home from work yesterday and again when Tim told him he was going to take him to see the new Shaun the Sheep movie last night. (one of his favorite shows)
|This was at dinner after the movies last night. His eye lids are less droopy and he is drooling less too.|
William is doing very well. He has been working on his GED, over at our local college, under the disabilities act. He has been driving over twice a week and working one on one with a tutor. They have been working on Social Studies for the last six months. His teacher thought he was ready to take that part of the GED, so William took it on the 5th of this month and passed! We are so pleased with him and he is very excited. He is now working on the Language Arts portion. William is still working on his stop animation hobby, in his spare time and just finished his longest segment yet. It was about 1700 frames long! Over three minutes long. It is called "Fish" and can be found here. William is also working with the local 4-H archery program again this year. He uses a recurve bow. William has been such a help to me always but now especially since Antonio has needed more care.
Carolyn is gearing up for another year of ballet lessons. She has already started doing daily stretches, sit ups and other things she knows will help her do well in ballet. I don't tell her to, she just does it. She is hoping to be on "point" this year. (wearing point shoes that keep her way up on her toes) She would still do a class in flat as well. Carolyn goes out and rides her pony often and it blesses my heart to see her out there lunging her pony and riding. She works so hard at her schooling and helping me with all the little children, that I love to see her out enjoying herself and having fun. She is my right hand girl.
Zeke is becoming such a gentle giant as he grows and matures. He is slightly taller than I am and takes a size 11 mans shoe! He still has outburst but for the most part is now even tempered and co-operative most of the time.
Elizabeth is also getting ready for another ballet season. She had lost the privileged of taking ballet this year, from bad behavior over the summer but has slowly earned it back. She actually had a really ruff summer with her behavior. The worst it has been in quite a while. I spent a lot of time praying and sitting and talking with her about her age, actions and consequences. I had to give her a lot of grace in many areas. I love her and want her to be able to participate in the many fun things we do around here. Sometimes, I just have to give her grace, so she can go. Like when we went to Lake Winnie, have girls night out or went to the gem and mineral show.
The weather here is cooler in the mornings when I go out to milk the goats. I can see the leaves on the trees turning slightly. Fall is around the corner and we are ready. I can see my calendar has much fewer appointments written down thru the fall months and hopefully it will be a time of health, good routine, schooling, field trips and rest.
May the Lord God in heaven be with you now and always as you live and grow in Him.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.