Lots and LOTS of pictures. Ready. Set. GO!
K's 14th Birthday Party
My parents came over to celebrate with us, as well as a few kids from other cottages who are K's age. We went out to eat at a restaurant K picked, then came back home for cake and ice cream.
Later that night I took all of the girls to see "Brave" in the movie theater. Our K is such a beautiful girl with an old spirit. She wants things to be fair and right, and she is constantly convicted to help others. We are so proud of her, and so thankful to have her!
Painting the countertops:
This was a multi-step project that spanned the course of three days. I ordered two kits online because I did the kitchen and the laundry room counters, and our kitchen counter space is ginormous. Not sure why I didn't take a "finished product" picture, so I'll have to post one some time in the future. I LOVE the way it all turned out. So much better than the pinkish laminate before. The sealant is holding up great, and they look beautiful. It was a LOT of work, but I think it would be much more manageable in a regular-sized kitchen and laundry room.
Michael and J (one of our high schoolers) created a garden this summer, and we have gotten tomatoes, green bell peppers, and jalapenos from it so far. We are still waiting for watermelon and a few other things I can't remember now. It has been a labor of love for both of them, tilling up the ground, preparing the soil, planting, pulling weeds, watering, etc. This is another project I need to get a full picture of, because their work is impressive!
M, A, K
Jasper's Bible Dedication:
Silly Boys :)
Summertime Snack: Fish Cupcakes :)
M's Hair Day
There are two wonderful women who come out every eight weeks to do M and a girl's hair who lives at another cottage. Miss Kim and Miss Pat come on Friday night for 2-3 hours to take down the girls' braids and treat their hair. Then they come back bright and early at 9:00am on Saturday and braid their hair for 5-6 hours. It's an awesome, all day process, and they do it just to serve and share their gifts, completely for free. We are blessed by so many people out here!
Bennett's Bible Dedication