Tuesday, October 5, 2010


This by far is my favorite time of the year! I just love the Midwest especially during fall. On Friday we took a field trip to a pumpkin patch and apple orchard and we all made sweet memories. Watching sweet Madelyn get her first taste of fall in America brings so much joy to my heart, she is always up to try new things and she takes it all in with sheer excitement! Rachel, Linzhi and big bro Trev love to show her how to pick the right pumpkin but Miss Madelyn has a mind of her own (thank you very much) and she will smile with gratitude but then walk right over to inspect the pumpkins she likes. All the girls are getting along for the most part, there are tears from someone everyday but we're praising the Lord Madelyn's grieving has become less and less, she will get emotional and want to be isolated but I have shown a little more tough love and insist once she's had a few minutes to get it out, it's time to regroup and get moving again. It's hard for me to do it but I believe it helps her more than anything. She is also giving out lots of "I love you's" to everyone and of course we all say it back. She is very intersted in Jesus and God and loves to read her bilingual bible grandma Sharon and grandpa Willie bought her birthday. It's so precious to watch and listen to the girls during bible, they have their own interpretations of bible stories. I listen and nod and correct them if they are completely wrong because I do not want to misguide them in anyway however, if they're a little off, I leave them be because I feel they are trying to express how they understand it...Miss Linzhi is the most fun to listen to because she's all over the place but she has it so right when she said to me today... "Jesus lamb of God, worthy is your name" Big tears for mama. Rachel Cate is my little teacher in the making, she is patient and loves to help with Linzhi if I'm working one on one with Madelyn. Actually Madelyn is a great helper with Linzhi too especially in math, in fact she tried to tell me HOW to teach Linzhi her math so I let her do it and when Linzhi looked completely confused Madelyn said to me "Ok, mommy you got it" LOL... I LOVE LOVE LOVE home school. It's just such a precious time, I feel like I'm getting to know them on a different level. Please don't get me wrong some days I could get in my vehicle and never come back but good days out weigh the not so good days and we're having a good time and it's nice to have big brother in the next room. He pops his head in every once in awhile to see what we're doing. God has blessed us so abundantly. I am never worthy of His Grace but He just floods me with it.

Have a wonderful God-filled Wednesday!!
All my babies... My heart is full. I know the sun kind of ruined the shot but I love it anyway.
With Daddy.

With Mama. (yes, we're in a HUGE rocking chair)

Linzhi running to her pumpkin. Oh goodness I love this kid!! (new post coming on Linzhi medical update)

My youngest little birdy.

Rachel and Madelyn running to find pumpkins. Madelyn may have difficulty running but it NEVER stops her!

Yes, the sun was in their eyes but aren't they cute!?!?!

Big bro giving a push.

Linzhi feeding the goats...Rachel thinking about it. =)

And Madelyn thinking about it. It always cracks me up that the "little" sister is the one that is NOT afraid like the "big" Gi gi's

These two are very close.

They loved this school bus!


Jenna York said...

I am thrilled to hear you love love love homeschooling! It so brings joy to my heart to hear you say that.
Love the pics from your trip!

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The Ferrill's said...

I love this post Amy! As I sit on the bed at my mom's house out of town, with my kids sprawled out all around me doing their school work, I am SO THANKFUL God allows us to home school! It gives us the freedom to pack up and go see family whenever we need to! As well as gives us wonderful time with our children.
Wish we lived closer!
Love you!

Janet and Kevin said...

Great pictures of a fun day. Yes I agree - your children are cute!! :)

We are going to the pumpkin patch next weekend. Can't wait!

janet and gang