April was another full and busy month. It wasn’t until sitting down to type up this post that I realized just how busy it’s been.
April’s highlights began with Easter celebrations, a crazy fun day trip to a local amusement park with my friend and our nine little kids, and much more.
But a very special highlight (that I actually managed to capture pictures of) was spending the day with my friend Aneysa and her family at their new home…. which is the home I lived in for the five years before getting married. Needless to say, the home is brimming with sweet memories and it was lovely getting to make more good memories there.
Will, our friends Esther & Joel, Rose, and Meg
Sadly they weren’t all good memories this time. Poor Meg got stuck on a swing and no one heard her calls for what seemed to her an eternity. It took sprinkle cookies and fun new stories to cheer her back up.
Meg thought it was pretty great too. Especially when, after multiple failed attempts, she caught her very own tadpole.
When we finally made it to the creek, a flood of memories washed over me. My friend Aneysa (who grew up in the house next door) and I used to walk down to this creek to talk and pray and dream about our futures. Joshua proposed to me by this creek.
Now we, our husbands, and seven kids laughed and relaxed by its soft rippling.
Ned was the only one not thrilled by our time. Waking up too early from a nap and then promptly falling into a muddy puddle had something to do with that.
A crown, a chair, and FOOD made everything wonderful again.
We’re wrapping up the school year at their weekly classical school and the kids are practically in mourning. I’ll miss it too, but since it’s shaping up to be a very busy May, will be glad to have my teaching responsibilities over for a little while.
Will and his friend Robert planting seeds with my sis-in-law Amber (their lovely science teacher)
Rose and my baby sister Kathryn (who is only five months older than Rose!) as darling Roman girls
At the end of each quarter, we celebrate what we’ve learned in history with a themed-party. To wrap up our study of ancient history, the kids dressed in togas, reclined for snacks at a Roman table, and reenacted the Battle of Milvian Bridge.
After a humbling (and exhausting) attempt to “play Martha” at our first party of the year, I’m learning to step back and simply enjoy. These kids are growing up so fast. As their mom and teacher I have huge hopes and dreams for them. But I also need to remember to relax and savor this time.
Do you see those strawberry flowers? They’re the fulfillment of a long-time dream. Even since I was in my teens I’ve wanted to grow strawberries, but was never certain if we’d be in a home long enough to enjoy the fruit. Now we have our own little berries forming. I cannot wait to taste our very own homegrown strawberries… and hope the bunnies and bugs decide to stay away.
So there’s our month in a nutshell. What was your April like?