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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


My Life Lately

It has been sort of busy around here.  Maybe not busy by most standards, but trying to get organized for school for 4 keeps me busy.  We sort of started school?  I figured that since we've been out of school since the beginning of April, I had better get an early start this year.  After 2 days of school, Eva asked for a break.  What?  She'd rather wear her sailor outfit and play.  Seth used to do the same thing; dress up in his fatigues, arise at 5:00 a.m., finish school by 9:00 a.m., play ALL DAY LONG.

Last night, as we were searching frantically for the Angelin@ Ballerin@ movie we rented for the library, I came across this gross scene hidden behind the girls furniture in the bedroom.  I know it may turn your stomach.  Yuck.  Just plain yuck.

It looks like Asian hair, nicely cut on one end with gooey red stuff matted in it.  My first thought was blood.  But, blood wouldn't stay red.  Upon closer examination...putty.  Red putty that is not allowed in the bedroom in the first place.  How did it get behind the furniture?  And who was the culprit?  Well, I am proud to say that the culprit did not lie, but immediately confessed to what she tried to hide from me.  Putty got in her hair.  She tried to hide it by cutting it out.  Then she tossed it behind the dresser, knowing I'd see it in the trash.  Doesn't she know that her deeds will find her out?  By the way, this was the same Chinese girl that gave herself a mullet on one side and cut Joy's hair while I was in China with Ivy.  We found the movie, by the way, under the furniture.

As with Jordan, the girls made a paper chain counting the days until we leave to see Seth graduate from Marine boot camp.

 This chain reaches the ceiling.  It seems like such a long time, but he is half way finished.  He is doing great!  I tell people that his basic training is like the summer camp I never let him attend.  He loves all of the hard work it takes to be a Marine.  He loves to be pushed to his limits.  When he writes letters, he uses a lot of exclamation points to show his excitement about his next phase of training.  Ironically, he seems to be flourishing spiritually.  He met another home schooled recruit that he prays with every evening.

Jordan is finally getting settled in a routine.  She is currently on a base in Florida taking classes for her new job in the Navy.  She seems very excited about her new path in life.  We are very proud of her success and pray for her daily.  Her most recent request?  Her cowboy boots,

nail polish,  perfume, and her sheets.  How did this girl survive boot camp without these items?  She wants her car, but I can't send that one to her just now.  I sure miss her.

So, today is a special day.  It is special because my son, Jack, comes home!  We left him in Illinois with his best bud, David.  He's been living the life of pleasure since then.  It'll be reality again as soon as he walks through the door.  Mike has been in Chicago this week for work, so the 2 of them fly home together this afternoon.

When did he start looking so old?  I'm not sure I'm liking that shadow thing happening around his lip.

3 kind words:


It's great to read that Seth is doing well. I'm not surprised as he's been training for this moment for years! Jordan is beautiful and looks so professional in her uniform. Good luck with the homeschooling!


Yes, you definitely have a full plate. I was laughing at the hair incident. Funny and slightly gross at the same time. Something I probably would have done when I was her age.


Oh boy...that hair incident looks yucky. At least the culprit confessed.

I do hope that your days pass quickly and that chain gets shorter. So happy to hear that Seth is doing well. And Jordan looks so sharp in her uniform.

I'm trying to gear up for our school year too. This was our first summer of doing no school at all, even a light schedule. And we've really enjoyed it! It's been a great break.

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