Welcome!! Grab a cup of coffee and visit with us! We hope you enjoy our story! (((HUGS)))

Welcome!! Grab a cup of coffee and visit with us! We hope you enjoy our story! (((HUGS)))

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Emerging from the rabbit holes I've been down!

Lately I've been so unfocused. I lost a very dear dog in July to a reaction to tick medication. She was only 5. 
This summer was a good time to decompress from my own health problems. A new restrictive diet for kidney/liver issues. Plus preparing for cataract surgery at a specialist 60 miles away. I'm so blind now I can't even kill a fly with the  fly swatter, let alone see it.

Oh well. My 6 youngest blessings add JOY daily to my life. Gifts from God they are. Medication to my soul. I shouldn't complain.

 I have several groups of pictures. I'll post them one group at a time so as not to overwhelm! :o) 

This group is dinner outside at the Lodge in the Woods. 
Above Miss Mercy is eating. 
Food is very important to her. She eats more often than anyone. :o) She tastes everything as I make it and if anyone leaves their food unattended (like me, or the teens) she tastes that too! She tastes the food as we prepare it for meals as well.

It's no bother because she just moseys over and eats!
And besides, she went from a very picky eater to loving every food I make. You bet I feel honored!! She loves everything I make!

 The younger 6 don't like their food separated on a plate. 
They like it in their "Cali" bowls. The bowls have a special lip that helps with spilling. 
They have broccoli on the bottom, some rice with cheese in the middle and taco potato chunks with chicken on top. It really does taste good this way. The teens prepare theirs similar! 
Each child has a special spoon that helps them eat. Jakie has a "bent" spoon with a large handle. Mercy has a thick handled weighted spoon.

 Julius, Pauly, Mercy above. 
Moses wasn't here this day. Moses likes to "direct" everyone and be in charge! Moses tries all the food too. But he's more selective. 

Julius, Moses, Pauly and Mercy can bring their bowls to me for more. Jacob and Noah cannot, but push their bowls forward for more. Unless............Noah decides to steal the bowl from whoever sits near him! LOL!

 My precious, precious LOVES!!
Each one a gift from God. Each one unique. I am so blessed!

 Julius (middle) and Mercy do take each others food, but they can handle each other well. They don't hurt each other, just a bit of pulling and spilling. Till we say no.
Pauly often has his food pulled away if he's not careful. He yells so we know immediately!

 Jacob (left) Noah (above) wait to eat. The day after this all boys except Moses got hair cuts! :o) Moses was on a trip with Dad and big sister Lysa.

 Jacob above hates pictures! I don't know why he, Pauly and Mercy do not like pictures. Maybe the flash?

 Noah was the last to learn to feed himself! Now he's a pro! He's 15 now and even has the teen moodiness we all went through as teens ourselves. :o) Because his temperament is so kind and loving, I'd thought he'd skip the moodiness! But no, he's right on target and still very kind and loving!

 Noah (right above) eyeing Jacob's food! :o) Noah is very fast if he wants it!! Jacob tends not to care. Jacob loves a good bit of trouble......ugh.

 Julius is a big helper. He helps clean up. When he knows what to do he's very good help. When he doesn't know what to do he looks for trouble. Moses and Jacob "egg" him on. They delight in his antics. If Julius has a time out Moses brings him things to start trouble!!! Boys!!!

 Pauly (above) loves to go for walks in the big yard here. 
He'll hold hands with one of us and walk and walk. 
One day he took big sister Kitty's hand and walked with her. She thought she'd let him lead. He brought her to the van!! He wanted to go home. He tolerates it here so well, but he prefers home. 
Moses often runs to the van just to go anywhere!!

 After years of telling the boys to stop always sitting on the floor, they get it. But Mercy insists on the floor, she even lays on the floor if we let her!! At home it's not a problem. We compromised, sitting on the floor o.k. Laying on the floor in public, not o.k.!!! (she's 5' tall!)

Noah just sitting thinking like he does sometimes. :o)
Noah is a very good listener. No matter what I say, no matter what he's doing, he turns his head to me when I talk and he listens! And then he smiles. I'm so blessed to have him in my life. 

He still wears a scoliosis brace (2 years now) that looks so uncomfortable, I don't know how he manages. It is even snug on his tummy. 

His bone growth is closing. And his spine is still curved, but slightly improved. Please pray that when they remove the brace it does not revert back. Surgery on his scoliosis is too dangerous. 

I watched my precious daughter Molly's scoliosis contort her body in terrible way before she died from Ataxia at 27. It was horrible. She would have died from the scoliosis surgery. 

I pray God will maintain Noah's spine so he does not have to suffer further with it. 

God Bless you all and thank you for visiting us!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The youngest 6 Loves

 The youngest children love to play out here if the bugs aren't too bad. They come out first thing in the morning. Eat lunch on the picnic tables. By afternoon its too hot out here. 
Only Julius likes to go in the grass! :o)

 We keep the riding toys in the new "washing" shed. We call it the washing shed because the front half has an ikea kitchenette for washing dishes. The back holds our laundry tubs and washers.

 These 5 boys are the best! I'm so proud of them. They have come so far. They are amazing! They ALL give the best hugs!!
Left to right- Pauly 10, Moses 13, Jacob 13, Noah 15, Julius 11.
Julius is tallest, then Noah who's growth plates have started closing, then Jacob. All 3 wear size 8 boys.

 Pauly with his heart condition is quite short. But a lot taller than he was. Pauly and Moses wear boys size 5.

 Moses has reached 4' with growth hormone. We'll continue the hormone, but aren't sure about it, after a year he only grew 2". But that's more than he did on his own. He loves being taller! :o)
He and Pauly are about the same height.

 Julius is quite tall. He doesn't seem to value his height much, taking it for granted. He liked it when he was smaller and could sneak into things easier! LOL!

 Jacob wishes he were shorter so he could hide away from everyone easier!! Silly kid!

 Noah loves his height! He asserts himself and gets what he wants by moving in on the shorter boys. He is quite moody as a teen, but he is so full of love who can notice teen moodiness! ;o)

 This precious girl will be 11 next month. Oh how we adore her. She's is 5' now. Kids with Sotos tend to be tall. She wears the wrestling ear protectors to mute noise. She hates loud noises and certain vacuums. She easily bosses all of her big brothers around! But Moses gives her a run for her money.
Big sister Faith cut her hair last time. Mercy screamed through the whole thing. She only likes certain people to do certain things. I'm the hair cutter she accepts, altho she still complains about it!

I could not post without including big brother, who helps them all and teaches them responsibility. What an amazing role model!

Friday, August 10, 2018

This young man helps keep things going!

I love this picture above! :o) Samson is always included in everything. Here he's holding their latest wild life "find"!
These are his oldest teen siblings still at home. left to right- Faith 17, Kitty 15, Isaiah 14, Lysa 16.

                                Above relaxing in the Lodge on a hot day.

 He's super excited today! Today HE gets to mow! Usually he's the mower helper. Collecting sticks, rocks, pine cones, so they don't get mowed over.

 The lawn may not "look" like it needs mowing, but believe me, the lawn grows super fast in the Woods! Since we were up last time for 4 weeks, we kept it short. That way when we returned it was manageable! 

                He's all ready! A hat for flies, gloves for blisters!

Dad completely covered.........for flies?? He's chicken! The mower is now started. Samson builds his confidence to move it! Dad tells him which way to go!

 And off he goes! He's very confident! He's really not worried about any danger. So we help with warnings. :o) Everyone has to learn that way don't they!

 At first he didn't realize he needed to mow straight ahead before turning! ;o) After all its a long way isn't it!!

 His vision is compromised, he has a visual field that is higher, and looking down is challenging. So going straight was abandoned for now. We needed to put a target at the end for him to mow towards! We are learning too!

 Dad helps him turn so he doesn't get caught up under the pine tree!

 Helping him learn to keep "straight". He's a very fast learner!

Now he's got it!! He did a fabulous job! He mowed until he became tired. He has a heart condition so he lets us know when he's tired. He never uses his heart as an excuse. So we watch him too. The lawn mower is heavy!

Isaiah just keeps him company and sometimes helps him turn. Samson prefers mowing with someone he loves than alone!

Proverbs 18:24 New King James Version (NKJV)

24 A man who has friends [a]must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

God Bless!! We are so glad you stopped by!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Men working hard in the Woods!

 Samson has been learning a lot about plants in the woods. Kitty, his younger sister (15) taught him that white and purple clover tastes good. He doesn't always nibble on them, but he always enjoys picking them! and letting us know he found some! 
Writing these posts make my heart fill with JOY!

 When we come up to the Woods the first visit, there is a lot of work to do! Last year these 2 guys stained and wore through quite a few Tshirts and pants; while tearing apart old broken things we could not longer use. And they built newer stronger things. 

So I bought them coveralls!
I was going to make/sew them, but honestly they were cheaper and faster to buy. 

What a delightful man Samson has grown up to be! He has just blossomed in so many ways. He's learning to say "no" more. Not worrying as much about pleasing his little brother Isaiah.
And he uses that no with others too!

For example, Isaiah loves to sleep in the tent. It is a small 2 man pup tent. (our others were demolished from use by grown kids) He tells Samson- "We are going to sleep in there tonight!" and Samson agrees.
The next night Isaiah tells him the same thing. Samson says "No, I have to sleep in there!" as he points to the Lodge where his soft comfy bunk bed is!
It makes us smile!
Now.............if only Isaiah would stop growing so tall! ;o) Samson is 8 years older than Isaiah. 
I know how Samson feels! I have a sister 9 years younger than me and she is way taller than me! When I was a young married mother- she already towered over me when she was 13!! LOL!

The Love of these brothers is beyond what I ever hoped for both of them. The same age siblings he grew up with have chose not to see him in years.
Every year as Isaiah grows and learns himself, he includes Samson.
The LOVE of Christ shines through them.