This is our summer at a glance.
Over all it was a cool, wet summer. Everything is so unusually lush and green on the Prairie this year. The mosquitoes and weeds in my yard particularly loved the damp weather. We did get a few weeks of summer weather before our first frost hit a few days ago. I'm hoping for an extra nice fall. I'm so very not ready for the cold to return.
We prefer the summer.
Cece was my little berry picker. Our raspberry bushes produced a decent little crop this year.
We did some camping with friends...in the cold and rain.
Note the winter hat and coats in June.
Some backyard play time.
We camped with friends at Cypress Hills. It was wet and cold..but pretty.
we celebrated being Canadian.
We celebrated 11 years of Roman.
My sister in law Brook and her son came up from Seattle for a few weeks again this year.
We went to Arlington Beach Family camp as one huge family of 10.
I turned 37.
I really did think that getting old would take longer than it has.
We celebrated Baby Violet's three month birthday,
and her fourth.
When a future with her is uncertain and time is precious we are reminded to celebrate the little things in life,
like our daughter officially becoming a teen.
and no she didn't know what that was on the front of her shirt...
Aili will soon be taller than me.
Kids growing up also happened a lot faster than I thought it would.
Speaking of growing up.
Look at this big kid on his way to school!
This picture makes my heart skip a beat.
Only a couple years ago he was merely existing, classified as bed-ridden, and hidden away alone in an institution.
Here he is standing tall all on his own, a big smile on his face and getting an education.
Parenting this boy has it's share of challenges but when I stop to see how far he's come it puts all those small irritations into perspective. Little by little his heart is healing and he is gaining confidence and security. A year ago he never would have tolerated leaving my side and being taken away on a school bus. It would have been sheer terror for him. Now he trusts and understands so much more. It's been a big step for him but he's doing really well. I'm excited for him.
We are now in the middle of Harvest season on the farm...aka single parenting season. I keep thinking "next season" will be slower....but I'm starting to realize that with six kids there is no "not busy" season. There's just a fluctuation between hectic busy and chaotic busy.
It's good busy though.
I love my life.
Soli Deo Gloria,