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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

Life.  As wonderful as the gift of life is, it has been rough lately.  I'm thankful for the mountains before and after deep valleys.  I know from experience that when things get difficult, they will get better, or could possibly be much worse.  Thank goodness we have a Savior who carries us through.

Mike and Jack headed to Illinois the weekend before New Year.  My father-in-law was very ill and in the hospital.  Jack rode along with his dad and visited his buddy David.  Mike stayed with his family and did what he could to help his dad through his illness.  We prayed many prayers that week for Grampa.  He is doing much better and is now home.

Jack's trip to Illinois set him back even more in school, but I couldn't deny his that visit!  They always have a great time.  So, the girls and I plugged away at school.  We only took New Year's Day off.  I felt very productive that week without the guys in the house.

Ivy finally went in for her post-op appointment with the surgeon.  She still has quite a bit of swelling.  A stitch never made its way out, so that got pulled this past week.  I'm very happy with the way her left nostril got "rounded out".  Now that she is healed, she is ready to massage her lip to help with scar tissue and swelling.


After (Excuse the spaghetti spots around the corners of her mouth.)

Ivy also started piano lessons after the holidays.  For being home only (almost) three years, she sure plays well.

Joy did not want to lose her first tooth last week.  She didn't want dad to pull it, but he couldn't resist.

Since today was only 70 degrees, Eva had to wear the cool camouflage pants that zipped off to shorts that were given to her by Jacob.  They will probably be worn on a weekly basis...when her other camo is in the wash.

And I had to share these cute dog tags the girls got for Christmas from big sis, Jordan.  The girls wear them faithfully.  Eva wears hers attached to Seth's old ones from when he was her age.

So, that is My Life Lately...just being a family.

4 kind words:


I love the little pink dog tags! I pray that Mike's dad continues to do well. It tickles me to see the differences in your three little treasures!

I pray that God will renew your strength as you work and care for your wonderful family!


Wow. Lots going on! So glad Ivy is healing. And it always cracks me up to see Eva in her camo! I hope Mike's dad continues to improve!


I'm happy to hear that Ivy is doing well. And I think her left nostril is just so cute! Joy is darling with that gap, and Eva is such a hoot! I love hearing about your kiddes!! Oh, and I didn't get nearly as much school done during the holidays as I wanted to. So good for you for plugging along!


Dear Ivy,
I hope you feel better because I miss you. I saw the picture of you and I hoped you had a wonderful holiday.
Love, Becky (Yang Xiu)

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