Well it seems about time for a homestead update. It’s been a while, and – as usual – things seem to be changing. Aren’t they always? Boy have I changed my perspective on “change.” As much as I still say I don’t like it, I’ve learned how to take it in stride, and have learned to appreciate it much more!
Adyn has been progressing nicely on his aviation studies. He’s earning A’s in his classroom, and is currently filling out scholarship applications for flight training. He’s joined a local aviation club as well as AOPA. On top of that, he landed himself in Driver’s Ed for five weeks. Unplanned, the class is all boys, all homeschoolers, and all folks we know. That was a huge blessing to us as parents to know they have each other during this experience, as we had heard only horror stories about every driver’s school from here to tim-buck-to. His first car is being picked up this weekend, thanks to lovely friends that offered him a set of wheels to start on. He’s driving almost daily, and will be well-equipped for a lot of road tripping we’ll be doing this summer.
Kendra has been blossoming artistically. She “opened shop” on Facebook, creating a page (Kendra Rayne’s Art) to show her gallery and begin making prints of her work to share. It seems there is endless exploring with mediums and accessories. Her latest is a moldable graphite – possibly one of the messier products she’s used yet. She’s just now working on some spring projects to submit into galleries.
All three of the older kids have been working diligently on schoolwork. In fact, more so as deadlines approach. This school year has been our first of such independent self-motivation on their part. They have really taken the torch of academic responsibility and run with it. Where both of the olders were on the path to early high school graduation, Adyn is re-evaluating and considering a junior college “running start” program instead, to gain more opportunity before graduation.
Until now, Colby has shown less interest in schoolwork. He has learned at an acceptable pace. We’re seeing glimmers this year of him wanting to excel more. It’s great what a little patience and perseverance will accomplish, seeing fruits of that work in your children. His energy-filled, attention-seeking personality has just started shaping into a motivated, people-loving depth.
Aside from school, our family enjoys hosting weekly studies (that often end up late night play) once a week with young & old – with food, of course. I wouldn’t be my grandmother’s granddaughter otherwise. Saturday’s have been filled with snowboarding and preparations for several dear loves’ upcoming weddings.
The homestead is slow. We’re in a time of waiting, mostly for lambs. This year we are not adding to (or keeping lambs) our flocks (birds or sheep), and will likely not be planting any annuals in the garden this summer. Instead we are heading north on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, adventuring through the Yukon and up to Alaska, circling back through Idaho on our way home to share in our annual family reunion camp. We’ve been planning and preparing – new camera lens’, regional wild eats books, Milepost guide, upgraded roadside membership, passports, etc… With the shortage of online practical information on RV’ing with children, I suspect we’ll set up a site to post many notes of our adventures for our own memories & others’ benefit. I’ll keep you looped in!
My perpetual spring cleaning mode has continued. It’s clearly become a lifestyle instead of an activity. As things come and go, we’re enjoying the more simple way of handling stuff… life, really. Despite having rid of most of my non-maternity clothes, my closet is bursting at the seams more than it should, and so our 3rd annual “Girlie Clothes Swap” is happening in a couple of weeks so that we can have a fun girls night, and end up with less. Kendra now dips into my section of the family closet, as we seem to be coming closer to sharing clothes. How did this happen?!
Flynn has entered the baby steps of reading. By the time we’re on our trip, he should be dabbling in simple reader books. It seems since Aury was born, Flynn really aged. Funny how this happens. He’s still our snuggly, sweet-hearted boy who is so similar to his older brother Colby. And he’s madly in love with the baby.
The baby. We can’t forget the baby. He has brought so much joy to our family. Just yesterday the kids were discussing how glad they were he is here. This boy, tho’ – he is sure breaking the mold in the family! At 4 months, he weighed the same as all four of the others at twelve months. He already has 2 teeth (months earlier than the others). He’s tall. He’s an introvert. Big crowds or running errands make him uncomfortable – and often requires a little quiet time at home to recoup. He’s easily worried with new faces or deep voices, and will look around for his family to save him. He’s shown some familiar traits – ones that I adore – as several of his siblings: he loves snuggles. He’s crazy ticklish. His hair seems to be coming in very blond. Some of his newest activities are holding toys, rolling (belly to back solo; back to belly with a wee encouragement), staring in awe at his own hands while they move…
Scott has been in excellent health now for a while. It’s so good to say that! I really wasn’t sure I ever would again, for which we are eternally thankful for a God who chose to spare him to us just a little bit longer. We know this earth is not our forever home, and tho’ we long to be with Christ, we are so thankful for the earthly blessings we have! Life is short, kids. Use your days to the fullest! Leave all of the distractions and do not dwell on anything other than what is true and good. It’s a game changer.