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Double Digits, farm fun, school & Labor Day!

Our firstborn of 5 kids hit a MAJOR milestone (for us anyway!!)…and hit the double digits 1-0!! We started a tradition that is going to be so fun to do with each of children leading up to turning 10. We decided 10 and all the ages that follow sound SO much bigger than the single digits! SO for the 3 nights leading up to the big 1-0…your LAST days of being a single digit–you are taken out ALL by yourself and one parent for an ALL kid activity!

Countdown to 10…the 3rd night before the big day–Richard took P-man to Bruster's ice cream and he got whatever he wanted! His choice was a waffle cone (the biggest there!) with chocolate!

Countdown to 10…the 2nd night before–he and I went on a school night to one of his all time favorite places that he wished we had visited more–Chuck E. Cheese! We had the place to ourselves running in at 8pm on a school night and it is by FAR one of my all time favorite memories with this kid now. We laughed until our sides hurt! We cheered each other on at the game Deal Or No Deal (Boy did we rack up the tickets there!!). We played football toss, basketball (as we screamed at every success!) and skee ball until our wrists were sore. It was so fun together!!!!! And so fun laughing…just us!

Almost 1-0

Skee ball champs

The ball landed in 50 tickets!

being 100% kids!

Countdown to 10…day 1…the NIGHT before he turned 10…God tooooootallt planned that one FOR us! The next day we were taking his 6 best buddies to Lake LanierWorld Waterpark. It just so happened that 2 of his buddies needed to spend the night that were going so they could go. They also happened to be the friends he met when he was just 1!!! Lifetime friends. These two guys were on our reasons NOT to move when we were trying to decide to stay here or go to TN where Rich's “real” office is. Rich took these boys out to their favorite place followed by more ice cream! And of course lots of swim fun here!

The boys!


And then. In a blink. My baby turned 10! We had a sitter for the littles and we rocked it at LanierWorld from sun up to sun down!

Best buddies

This was the one moment they actually were all still:)

I may have cried that night after tucking him in. Not sad tears. But thankful. Thankful that we have had these 10 years. With good health. With seeing him come to know Jesus. Watching him grow into a boy of integrity. And these friends. These are the ones God has hand picked to be the ones grow with him. The day truly couldn't have been more perfect and I was so thankful some how each of these precious boys could be there as this momma stood in the background…watching them play…and praying for another amazing 10 ahead.

Oh AUGUST! You slay this momma!!! With his birthday also comes the start of school. Another year schooling for us at home. Our first day of K for Frank and Isaac!

Kindergarten Rocks!

When in Rome...

And I doooooo get a break once a week when they do their electives at a local church alongside 900 homeschool kiddos! They take everything from cake pops to karate to geography.

And then. There's always life on the farm. Had to stop at the Feed and Seed to get chicken feed. Frank convinced me every farmer needs a hat and overalls! Oh my heart!

My little cowboy

In other news…


1. Zeke got his head stuck in staircase railing. A must see Instagram video on my Instagram andrea.p.young shows my not so smart self sticking my head in to widen the rail for him. Um. Not my brightest moment but I was desperate to get his head out.

2. Our Created for Care team was invited to meet with Chick-fil-a to share about the ministry for adoption and foster mommas! We had such fun and there are some sweet things ahead with our ministry and Winshape!

3. With 4 boys and 1 girl–our girl convinced the boys to play prom with her…but she needed another couple for the double date. These two = HILaRIous!
4. And last but not least…LABOR DAY WEEKEND! We loooove spending time with this sweet singles community that Rich's best friend leads a house church for. They invited us on their weekend retreat and blessed our socks off with around the clock caring for our kids! Soooo fun!

We have been friends with these folks for 15+ years so it was a sweet weekend with friends who are like family!!!

And that wraps up August and now comes September! This week Loo starts back to ballet AND tomorrow is Zeke's FIRST day of preschool!!!!!!!

Have a sweet week!