Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Scenes From the Girls' Grad Party

Congratulations to our three senior graduates!  We could not be more proud of them!  Not only have they earned their diplomas and certificates, but they have done so with integrity, hard work, and perseverance.  Job well done.
Sveta and Annalyn graduated on May 31, 2016.
Julia graduated on June 2, 2016.

We celebrated with friends and family on June 4th.
To combat the very warm weather, the water hose came out.

And during a group picture, the sprinklers may have kicked on.

Our three beautiful graduates.
Playing Apples to Apples

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pre-School Graduation

Natalie and Oliver have officially graduated from pre-school.  After the graduation, their class had a nice party.  Next year, both of them will be in the same class again.  I am excited for them!  My two youngest are growing up!






Sunday, June 5, 2016

Arrowbear 2016

For Memorial Day weekend, we stayed in a cabin up in Arrowbear with friends and family.  It was a full house!  We all enjoyed ourselves so much!












Not Hanging Around Here

Julia is officially graduated.  After much prayer, she feels called into the mission field.  She is heading to Guatemala tonight to begin serving children with special needs.  I get the privilege to go with her to "drop" her off.  We are all very excited for her!

She has started a blog where you can find updates about her journey.

Five Graduates!

This past week we had five of our kids graduate! Annalyn, Sveta, and Julia graduated from high school and Paul and Andrew graduated 8th grade.  All three ceremonies were very nice,  We couldn't be more proud!







Julia with her best friend Rebecka.



Monday, May 23, 2016

Natalie's ABA Therapy

After a couple of months of school it was obvious that Natalie was regressing.  Many of her old behaviors were returning and things were becoming harder at home again.  That is when I asked the school to evaluate her for ABA therapy.  The first time around, it was determined by the school that she didn't need one, so I initiated an outside evaluation through our private insurance.  Of course they found her eligible-- 40 hours a week eligible to be exact, so I pulled her out of school where she could receive those services in our home.  However, I found it odd that the school found her ineligible when it was so obvious that she needs ABA and she was once again thriving.  I decided to bring an advocate to another IEP meeting I called and asked that she be reevaluated.  The school agreed, and after this second round of observations, the school found her eligible for a one on one aide trained in ABA therapy.

Success!

So now, Natalie is back at school with a one on one aide and then she receives about four hours of ABA therapy once she gets home and on Saturdays.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A Night in the Garden of Eden

Tonight all of my daughters went to a dance.  It was not the prom, but something like it.  The theme -- "A Night in the Garden of Eden."

It was so fun helping them get ready, and just when we thought they were all ready, John added the final touch... a beautiful corsage.



Annalyn went with her boyfriend John.

And Julia  went with her boyfriend Thomas.