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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


Karate, Anniversary, and Stuff

So, Jack has been doing karate for a while.  He recently started a sparring competition team.  He had his first tournament when he was a brown belt.  Jack did okay and got 3rd place.  This past weekend, I took him to his 2nd tournament, his first tournament as a black belt.  He did not do so well.  Some of these guys were 2nd degree black belts.  Jack just is not aggressive at this point in his fighting career.

Don't ask why he's making this weird face.  I have no idea, but he's still handsome to me.  I'm used to standing on the sidelines and cheering my boys on in soccer.  I had no idea of the emotions that would overcome me as I stood on the sidelines watching some boy clobbering on my son!  I did well, though.

Jack definitely has some extra work to do to win these competitions.  He's always been the guy in the background.  He's never been an "in your face" kind of guy like Seth was/is.  Jack prefers not to be seen too much.  Mike and I were so surprised when he wanted to try karate.  We are glad he chose this activity since it has been good for his timidness.  I'm not sure if I'd have the nerve to get up in front of all these people and fight.

And a few days ago, I spotted the girls outside.  Eva, the adventurer, made her own bow and arrow set.  I think she did an excellent job!  She's watched enough of Errol Flynn's Robin Hood to know how to wear it right.  Notice the little sticks in her hands that were her "arrows"?

Remember Eva's double row of bottom teeth?  Well, she finally lost one.  As we were sitting in the kitchen, I noticed that the tooth was gone.

Me:  Eva, did you lose your tooth?
Eva:  Yes.
Me:  Did you pull it?
Eva:  No, it came out by itself.
Me:  It just fell out?
Eva:  No, the blanket pulled it out and the tooth fell on the floor.  Then I threw it in the trash.
Me:  Where was I?
Eva:  In the kitchen.

Wow, I wasn't even aware of this momentous occasion of the loss of her first tooth.  Apparently, it wasn't such a big deal to her.  But, then again, that is the way she is.

This morning, we woke to more of the white stuff?  We've waited all winter long for this stuff and it wants to snow on my daffodils?  It's all melted now and we are expected to have 60 degree temps this week.

And, today is our 25th wedding anniversary.  No, we aren't on an island in the South Pacific.  We aren't doing too much of anything.  I feel sickly.  Allergies have been ruling my life for the last 2 weeks.  So, our plans are on hold.  But, he did pick out this lovely piece for me.

This was the first piece of jewelry he has bought me since my Mother's Ring in 1998, right after I had Jack.

It needs updating.  The five stones were for my 3 children at the time and my 2 daughters that passed away.  I still love it and wear it every day.  Now, I just need a May, September, and October stone added.  ((Hint))

4 kind words:


Love the bow and arrow! Jack is extremely brace to go up against those higher degree black belts! It's been a crazy winter. The dogwoods and azalea's are blooming here!


Love the fact that Jack is doing something that helps him to step out of his comfort zone. I could never do that.

Eva's reaction to losing her tooth is downright hilarious. I guess it's really no big deal. lol.

Your new necklace is so pretty!

And the photo of the daffodils? It brings me back to my time in Williamsburg. I think it snowed 3 times in the 3 years that I lived there. The first time was the first week of March, and I had daffodils in bloom....then snow. I was like, "What in the world is going on?" lol.


Happy Anniversary! Your necklace is beautiful.


Happy 25th! Beautiful necklace. Definitely time for an updated ring. ;)

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