Thursday, May 28, 2009

I'm back: an update on all of us.

It has been a LONG time since I posted... life has gotten very busy!

Our farm is bustling with baby chicks, piglets, a few calves. I'm the sales and marketing person for the farm; I really enjoy it, though it keeps me incredibly busy. Plus, I take care of the egg layers, collect the eggs, clean them, package them and so on. It's really a fun job most of the time, but something I NEVER thought I'd be doing! We are really excited to get an updated website, which should be in the next couple of weeks. Check it out over the next few weeks to see what we've done!
Josh and Jamie have moved over to the farm for now, but have decided to farm with his brother Daniel in the near future. We have gotten to see Hudson a lot as Jamie brings him over frequently. In fact, I was holding him last night on my couch; he's got a really sweet smile. :) We also get to see them at Kim and Jordan's along with their baby Mercy. Jordan is our resident Farmer Extraordinaire. :)
Daniel and Kristin are doing well, and Ezekiel is growing like a weed! I get frequent pictures on my Ceiva, which I absolutely LOVE. They will be moving back to KY in February, but to do their own thing with Joshua, and several other families.
Mark is busy with work and his beautiful wife and daughter. Caitlin often sends pictures of her young family, showing off London in bows, bows, bows! She's adorable!
Todd is still running in track in WV, where he lives with his dad. He has done quite well, and is planning on running cross country this year. He is doing very well in school, hoping for a 4.0 this quarter. He's only got two more years and then it's college for him!! Wow! He's driving on a learner's permit until August, when he gets his license. He's looking for a used car right now.
Martina is finishing up school soon and has for the most part enjoyed homeschooling. We've had our moments that were frustrating, but overall, we really enjoyed it. She is going to be home schooled again next year, if her dad agrees to let her. Today she is going to a soup kitchen to serve homeless and needy. She enjoys going to do that, she goes with one of my friends from my bible study. That's something I used to do a lot, and I'm glad she has a heart for it too.
Jasmine is turning into an incredibly sweet (most of the time) little girl that says the most moving prayers from her heart. She loves to play outside all day long if she could, she takes a break once in a while to watch a movie or play with some toys. She's really interested in learning her letters and writing them. She says nearly every night "Maybe we can put some letters together tomorrow, Mommy". :)
Sophia is a vivacious, spunky, full-of-fire little girl, turning 3 in July. We've known her for nearly 1 year now; I can't believe how much she's grown, both physically and otherwise! She is in speech therapy, hoping to improve her communication skills. She's REALLY smart, and I mean SMART! She can watch you do something or figure it out on her own. She's tough to handle at times, but has a good hold on our hearts. She's beautiful and a very special part of our lives. We are going to Kazapalooza in about a week and a half, a weekend where there are 60 or more families who've all adopted from Kazakhstan. I think Sophie will look around at the kids thinking "ah, that kid looks like me!"... okay maybe not. But I am anxious to see what she does when she sees other Kaz kids.

Winston had surgery on his knee last week. He had injured it while on duty in the KY Air National Guard; we're hoping he won't have lifelong problems from it. The doctor said last week after the surgery that he thought he would need a knee replacement some time down the road. Otherwise, he's doing well. We're excited that the farm is doing well, especially in this poor economy.

I am doing fine, other than a broken finger. I slammed it in the van door a couple of weeks ago, but can move it some now. I sure do hope the economy turns around soon but have to say it's been an incredible spiritual journey for me. For the first time, I've had to depend on God for my daily needs rather than my bank account. The latter is ridiculously small, but God is incredibly big and supplies all of my needs.

I will try to post sooner than 6 months from now, I do enjoy your comments!