A Year of Change
Most of these changes have involved time commitments, so things are even busier than usual around here.
1) Steve took up running this year. Not that he enjoys it (just wanted to clarify that), but he has been faithfully working out several times a week (often with a few of the kids). He’s lost some weight and brought down his blood pressure.
Hannah and Sarah entered high school and
began taking video classes from A Beka Academy (via videos at home). They are taking six solid (“hard” according
to the girls) classes as well as completing hours for gym and fine arts
3) In October Steve started working for the Kokomo Rescue Mission for about 30 hours a week.
We had a wonderful time touring out West this summer. After spending one night camping just north of Chicago and swimming in Lake Michigan, we headed for Minnesota to spend a couple days visiting our friends the Ensmingers. Next, we headed to South Dakota where we saw the Badlands, Mount Rushmore and Jewel Cave. Our next stop was Colorado where we camped at three different state parks. Highlights included visiting and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, visiting Focus on the Family, seeing the US Air Force Academy, eating at Casa Bonita in Denver, camping near Pike’s Peak and spending an afternoon at the Royal Gorge. On the way home we went up in the St. Louis Arch.
The Year in Review
In January, Hannah, Sarah and Nathan competed in the National Geographic Geography Bee.
· Sarah participated in our Homeschool Drama Camp in March.
· Hannah and Sarah competed in the Word of Life Teens Involved talent competition.
· We started watching two little Bowers boys until the end of the school year (their daddy, Andrew, was Angie’s friend in high school).
· Our family participated in a Couch to 5K running program led by Patty Weitzel.
· Angie, Nathan, and Hannah ran the Trojan Trot 5K together.
· Hannah and Esther competed in the Kokomo Kids Try-athlon.
· Steve was the camp pastor for a week at Twin Lakes Camp - and the whole family got to tag along for some outdoor fun and awesome chapel messages.
· Angie's Cedarville roomie, Jolyn, and family visited from New Hampshire.
· The family vacationed out West
The oldest five kids participated in the National
Bible Bee which included daily inductive study of 2 Timothy and memorizing 25
passages of Scripture
· Hannah, Sarah and Esther played volleyball with the homeschool group.
· Hannah and Sarah took part in a calcium study at Purdue.
and Angie ran the Raptor Run 5K at the Creation Museum (along with Walt
· Nathan began his second year of basketball with the homeschool group.
· Steve, Hannah, Nathan and Esther competed in a 5K on Thanksgiving morning at Highland Park.
· We hosted missionaries Mark & Becky Sterken and learned of their ministry in the Caribbean.
Hannah: "Mom, when you are nine months pregnant, will you weigh as much as daddy?"
Angie: "What did you say that was funny this year?
Sarah: “I don't know . . . I said a lot of things! "
Nathan: I'm really excited about Christmas, but not for the presents. I can't wait to get my coupons from mom for "choose a meal", "do a chore", and "make favorite snack."
Esther: "Hannah and Sarah, when you move out I get both of your blankets."
Hannah and Sarah (at the same time): "We are taking our blankets with us!"
Noah (about Mary): "I don't know what she is saying, but I know it is funny."
Joshua: "When I was a baby, was daddy a daddy yet?"
Joshua (on the road to Mt. Rushmore when he first saw the monument): “That looks like South Dakota.”
Joshua (at Badlands): “That’s the biggest mountain! It is dad’s age.”
Joshua: “I want to marry baby Mary someday.”
Angie: “She is your sister. You can’t marry your sister.”
Josh: “Then I will marry Ruth.”
Angie: “She is your sister too. You can’t marry her.”
Josh: “Then I’ll marry Esther.”
Angie (realizing this could go on a lot longer, just gives up!)
Ruth (while looking at Sarah's dedication picture - Hannah was 14 months): "Look mom, you had two babies."
Hannah is only a few months away from turning 15 (and very much looking forward to that). Some accomplishments from this year include: running two 5K's, getting first place in her age category in the Try-athlon, receiving blue on her cake and shooting sports, reserve champion on her wheat bread and grand champion on her garden project and weather at the county fair as well as a merit award on her garden at the state fair. She continues to play flute and piano and qualified for regionals at Teens Involved.
Esther continues to have many interests and skills. She received the MVP for her volleyball team this year, and we finally allowed her (after much asking) to run a 5K on Thanksgiving. She finished second in the Try-athlon and completed gold level in Olympians. She placed second in her level at the Bible Bee. In 4-H she received blue in sewing, honor on cookies, honor in bike, blue in weather, blue in shooting sports, grand champion in crocheting, and blue in garden. She continues to play the piano and just started learning to play the clarinet this year. But according to Angie, Esther’s greatest skill is giving back rubs to mommy.
Joshua started school this year. He would rather be playing, of course, but he is starting to
read. He took his first swim lessons this year and seems to be a little fish like his sister Hannah.
Ruth is mommy's little helper. She loves to help change diapers and cook with mommy.
Mary has really grown up this year. She is starting to say a lot of words, and we have big plans to potty train her over Christmas break.
Abigail is due to arrive Feb. 28th, but daddy's birthday on March 4th is a real possibility.