Yesterday Leif turned 2! He is such an amazing little guy, and such a blessing to everyone in this family. (Yes, even Dante is motivated to pay attention when Leif is around!)
This weekend is extra special because Zachary is home from New Hampshire, and it is the last weekend until late November that all nine kids are here. Tomorrow Zachary goes back up to Camp Good News for 5 weeks, and in 16 days Alexander will be leaving for his Army Reserve training, not returning until after Thanksgiving.
Thankfully a co-worker covered my shift, and I was able to make a special dinner.
After church he and I went out in the yard to pick black raspberries. He held the pail while I plunked them in, saying "Tank you" over and over. Oddly enough, when we came back in the house the pail was empty and his mouth had a ring of purple around it.
Although ShanLin is obscured by Jamie's head, this is actually a photo of all 9 kids, plus Jamie and our friend Doug. I seem to be the only one feeling melancholy about this being our last meal together for quite some time!
It was a wonderful day, even though you can tell from this photo of Kimberly that we were all hot. There weren't any arguments amongst the teenagers, and Dante has had a very good day. Even as Zachary leaves tomorrow, Nikita continues working 3 full days a week, we have a number of medical appointments coming up, and Alexander leaves in 16 days-- I will remain thankful for this day with my husband and our children.
God is good.