I'm amazed at all the stats that stay in his brain!
He LOVES to play video games --
He LOVES to read -- although, in our house the more you read the more minutes you earn to play games;)
He does work around the house -- and is learning more and more at the farm.
He loves youth group and is excited about the ministry trip this summer.
He is an excellent academic student!
He is still playing the trumpet and is excited about learning how to play the guitar this year.
JM picked out his menu for his 13th birthday:
My parents joined us for his special dinner -- my brother arrived right after the photo ;)
**meatballs and noodles -- gluten-free
**fried sweet potatoes with onions
**salad with strawberries, pecans and feta cheese
**a basketball, gluten-free, chocolate cake for dessert
My kids do have good taste -- for sure!
He had a nice time opening gifts
He got exactly what he wanted PLUS!
A new wallet!
A new BIBLE -- which he asked for :)
Ski goggles -- that he asked me for about 110 x's in the last couple of weeks!
We finished off the evening eating the delicious cake!
My son, I pray God pours out HIS riches blessing upon you! I pray for wisdom to make good choices at school and in your personal life; I pray that God blesses you with amazing friends; I pray God protects you from the enemy; AND I pray that you love God more and more everyday!
OF COURSE -- I love this kid to the moon and back!!!
MD is fun AND crazy!
He does know when to turn it off -- thankfully ;)
He is an amazing helper both at home and on the farm.
He actually loves doing BOTH!
He is AMAZING in the kitchen.
There are actually some dinners the kids would rather MD cook!
He is a GREAT brother --
Yes, he can be a complete tease
ALL 3 girls ADORE him.
JM, too -- at least most of the time ;)
He even happily helps me taxi kids around -- even to violin lessons!
He does tend to be our homebody child ---
This year he decided to try something new. He tried out for the varsity baseball team.
Yes, he played baseball through middle school but took a few years off.
He decided to give it a shot -- Well, he made it!
He is working hard to get back in shape and 'remember' everything.
Picture taken by Christi Marsh
The best part is MD loves GOD and is not ashamed.
He LOVES worship team in the youth group.
He loves ministry trips -- this year he is going to Puerto Rico.
He has a magnetic joyful personality and an heart for those less fortunate --
His new Bible from Other nanny and pa -- yes, he asked for one.
I feel blessed to be his mom -- I thank God daily for allowing me to be his mom.
Even though we have 3 birthdays and a Gotcha Day celebration in the month of March, we do take time to celebrate EACH child individually.
MD's celebration was on Sunday.
MD picked the menu:
**Fish -- on the grill with wonderful spices
**red potatoes with summer squash, onions and zucchini all rolled into foil and slow baked in the oven
**a nice salad with strawberries, pecans and feta cheese
**Cheese cake for dessert drizzled with homemade caramel
Yes, I made it.
It was delicious. He said it reminded him of summer ;)
We had a nice time of opening gifts.
A new case for his Surface 2 tablet --
A new shirt -- He has this goofy face because he is teased at school for having so much orange AND mom goes and buys him ANOTHER shirt with orange -- I did not know someone had just said, "I bet you're going to get something orange!"
Hey, I thought it was his favorite color!
Cards are a big deal to MD -- My brother got him a perfect card that made him laugh hysterically -- although, my mom gave him something VERY serious -- MD reads it in the right 'voices' which makes it VERY comical for us!
We finished off the afternoon with the yummy dessert I had to make TWICE.
First time around -- YUCK! The girls ate the crust -- the only thing that was any good.
For some reason the first time it did not work -- I have NEVER had this happen to my cheesecake. The second one was made VERY early Sunday morning and it turned out WONDERFUL!
Happy Birthday my son!
I pray God's richest blessings on you this next year.
I pray for good health, protection from the enemy, clarity to make wise decisions especially during your senior year in high school, great opportunities, and for you to be surrounded with great friends.
Everyday I look at this girl I just marvel at how far she has come!!
She is growing into an absolutely beautiful girl!
She is growing so much!
Her smile lights up a room!
She is by far the quietest of our children.
She can certainly be fierce -- and at times that can definitely be her weakness.
She is doing GREAT in school. This year things have just clicked with her and she is soaring academically! She is at grade level or slightly above on everything -- what a praise!
She is making friends and enjoying being at school. He last report card even stated she is a bit chatty at times -- WOW!
She loves playing dolls, she loves being outside and she loves painting.
BaJabs is BY FAR our pickiest eater, as well --
SO -- of course, she planned her birthday meal:
**chicken curry with noodles
**salad with strawberries
**a purple, gluten-free butterfly cake for dessert
Our wonderful meal with family!
She enjoyed opening her gifts -- she was all smiles!
Loving this time!
Unfortunately, American Girl did not get me Isabelle in time -- yes, I even paid extra --
The PICTURE of her gift --
I WAS SO BUMMED -
she was so unbelievably understanding
AND Yes, it came the next day!! She LOVED IT!
She LOVED her birthstone necklace from nanny
SO -- BEAUTIFUL!
Her new painting -- stuff.
We finished the evening by eating the delicious cake!
I think this is precious -- while we were singing to her she sang along :)
My dearest and youngest daughter, I pray God pours out His richest blessings on you this next year. I pray for good health AND no surgeries. I pray for wisdom in making good choices and remembering your part on the T.E.A.M! I pray God protects you from the enemy and that God becomes more and more important to you in your life!
I'm a child of Jesus Christ saved by His grace. HE has blessed me by being a wife -- and mommy. HE has provided me a profession I LOVE -- teaching. HE has created in me many passions -- #1 family-- I love being a MOM and WIFE #2 adoption; #3 ladies ministries; #4 sewing and designing children clothing. Thank-you for joining me on our wild ride of learning to bring God glory in ALL that we do!