Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Just wanted to take a quick moment to let you all know that we are alive and well! Many of you have been sending us emails and notes (so nice to know that we mean so much to all of you) wondering why you hadn't heard much from us as of late. We are super duper busy with homeschooling, sports, music lessons, and just getting out to enjoy God's gifts of sun and warm weather.
Kendra is playing softball for the Waterville Jr. High Softball team. She is doing so well. She is the starting catcher (yes, my little, petite, baby girl is catching!) and really likes it and does very well at it! She is hitting the ball regularly this year too, so it is really exciting to watch her games. Frank and I joke, that this is the payoff for all those t-ball games we sat through when she was 4-5 years old, hehehe! She is really loving the sport this year and the girls at the school have really accepted her and her homeschooling choice, so she is a happy girl!
Austin is playing in the minor league of the Waterville Cal Ripkin league. He started playing catcher (like his sister) and 1st base. A week ago, the coach wanted to try him on the pitchers mound. We all were unsure what he was doing this for, since he had never pitched before. However, he pleasantly shocked us all when in the course of 4 innings he struck out 9 boys!!! We were so thrilled and he was so excited. He has pitched since then and is only getting stronger and more acurate the more he pitches! Who knew he had this talent in him, since he only started playing baseball last year! He is truly coming into his own and we are so proud of him! He is a great sport, has a great attitude on the field and simply loves to play the game!
Colby and Cameron both started playing farm league baseball two weeks ago on Saturday mornings. The first Saturday it was rainy and very cold. Cam ended up crying and sitting with me in the van. He decided baseball was not for him and quit for this year at least. He loves to cheer on his twin!! Colby is having a little hard time with not having Cam on the field with him, since they have never done any activity apart. I think this is good for them though, as they are very different little boys with very different interests. It seems this might just be the beginning of things to come for them.
Frank finished his last class at the local college with an A- for his grade! We are so proud of him and how he perservered through all he had going on. He is still working lots of hours to provide for us, but seems to be a little calmer now that he doesn't have so much studying and homework to do. He and Kendra are preparing to take a missions trip together to Mexico the end of June. And he is playing on the church softball team too.
I am spending more time in my van these days playing taxi driver for the troops! I love it, except when I have to go to the gas station, ugh! I am a little down and depressed about my unability to keep up with housework and getting healthy meals on the table before 7pm at night, and keeping up with my quiet time, and finding time to spend with Frank... the list goes on and on. Sometimes it gets the better of me, and I get really upset about it. I keep telling myself it is just for this season, but it still gets to me and I find myself a little on edge about it all. Plus, we are winding down our first year of homeschooling, so that has it's own challenges! Oh, well, such is the life of a homeschooling, SAHM! I am still very thankful that I am able to stay at home and I wouldn't change a thing, just getting a little frustrated with the lack of time I have these days for things that I need to get done!
We are healthy and have much to be thankful for! God is good to us and very real in our lives. We pray that this true for all of our family and friends! Lord willing, things will settle down in the next month or so and we will have time to grab that glass of ice tea or coffee together and just visit!!!

My thought for today:Isaiah 43:2 When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you (NLT).