Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Children

Here is the most recent photo I have of all of my children. It was taken on Jouster's 19th birthday in July. I can't believe I have a 19 year old son. It makes it harder for people to believe I am only 29 years old when they see him by my side. There may come a day I will have to admit my real age.

Let me update you on what is going on with each of them.

Jouster: He is now 19 and swore he'd never step foot into a college. However, he is now a college student. He has worked out his schedule so he can be a full time student and still work his job at the hog farm 3 days per week. He still struggles from time to time with demons from his past but is really doing well. I am proud of the wonderful young man he has become.

Jester: We struggled with him over the summer. He left home two weeks ago and we haven't heard from him. He has stayed in contact with Jouster so we know he is safe. We will keep our distance and allow him the space he feels he needs from us. He is a senior in high school this year and will turn 18 in a few weeks. I am sad that our relationship has come to this point, but all I can do now is pray for him. The little kids miss him. Maiden said last night, "I hope he comes home so he can sit in his spot again." (Meaning at the dinner table.) It broke my heart.

Squire: Is in 7th grade this year and is taking his homeschool studies very seriously. He started playing piano again which makes me extremely happy! He is in cross country and is begging to join the Civil Air Patrol.

Scribe: Not so serious about school. He's in 6th grade and hides from me a lot. We are working on him staying on task with getting his work done. He's also in piano again...much to his chagrin and is running cross country. He's a pretty good little runner.

Duchess: She has taken over the role of first born. She likes to "mother" the younger two around and keep them in line. She is a second grader this year and is still working on learning to read. She is now in charge of egg collecting and loves her new chore!

Maiden: My little Kindergartner. Her goal for this school year, "To finish Kindergarten." She only thinks she's doing school if she's working in workbooks. Me reading aloud to her is not considered school to her. She gets frustrated when I won't let her work ahead in her books. I need some of her enthusiasm to wear off on Scribe!

Prince Charming: My little boy is three--and--IS POTTY TRAINED!!!! He is my little snuggler and is never far from my side. The most common words out of his mouth are, "I want my mama," or "I need you mama." I love it. Hopefully his need for me follows him all the way through his teen years.


  1. Thanks for the update. We'll praying for your big boys. Please keep praying for ours. Much love to your family!

  2. What great kids!!!!! Glad that Jouster is doing well and praying for Jester! Keep the will all work out!

  3. Thanks for the update on the kiddos. Sorry for the heartbreak. Laughed that Duchess has "taken over the role of firstborn."

  4. Great photo, so sorry to read about Jester..being 18 and a senior..that is a tough spot to be in life. I can so identify..I hope he stays safe. As long as he stays in touch with someone..
    I am sure you are worried..
    Prince Charming is potty trained!!..NO Diapers she said with a smile:)

  5. So sorry to hear about Jester. I will be praying your relationship is healed.

  6. Miss you guys. I want that boy to come HOME, dang it! I'm praying.

  7. Stumbled across your blog tonight ... from a friend of a friend to a friend of a friend kind of thing ... reading blogs when I should probably be cleaning or folding laundry or something. Anyway, I've enjoyed reading and learning about your family. Will lift all you dear children up to the Lord tonight. Blessings!

  8. So nice to hear about your children and how they are doing. Praying for Jouster, as he speaks life to his brother Jester...oh God, grab his heart and form him (them) into the men of God that you desire for them to be.
    Encourage Michelle's heart as she waits on you.

    *we made and adoption announcement...come see!
    mama to 7
    one homemade and 6 adopted


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