Today was Mercy's seventh birthday!! I will put pictures up from that later on because I don't have any at the moment:) (I never do anyway:) And the pictures I have now I spent hours, literally, getting them from random people.)
And, as the header picture says above, there was a baby due in September!!! And it is September. So, as I'm pretty sure everybody knows by now, Amarisa Hope DeLeon was born on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
(I would like to put on record a miracle here that the picture loaded super fast. Like, I could actually see the line moving!! Trust me, I will take full advantage of that:))
She was born at 1:18am and weighed 6lbs 11oz and was 19 inches long. So she's pretty tiny. Personally, in that picture I think she looks like Stephen, but that's just my opinion;)
I have just received word that I have to go to bed seeing that it's past 10:00 and we have school tomorrow (yes we started school; more on that later) so I'll just add these pictures and talk later. Bye!
And we're back!!! Actually we got back on Saturday. For vacation this year, we went to the Akron Home School Convention. Dad, Josh, and Mom all worked there for Bob Jones. And Autumn subbed in when Mom got too tired since you're up all day long. All those 18 and down got a children's badge with a cool little "Exhibitor" sign on it so we could walk around by ourselves and go to pretty much into any session and not get kicked out.
After the convention, which lasted from Friday to Saturday, we headed up to Michigan to our uncle's house. Which would be my mom's brother Scott. We went to their church on Sunday and left after to go to the cabin.
The Cabin (technically called Shady Green Pastures, but The Cabin to us) is nice vacation spot for large families or small families or who ever. Its free to Pastors and their families. It has one large cabin with two bedrooms upstairs and another one downstairs with a large living room, two bathrooms, and a kitchen. Over the years, we've been able to squish six kids, seven, eight, even nine kids into these three bedrooms and sometimes the living room. But now that we've gotten older and can't put two kids in a twin bed or a couple in pack-n-plays(or how ever you spell that) And we even have one more on the way, there's just no way that will work.
Soooo, (I do realize this has been a lot of words and no pictures, but I don't have any of those at the moment and I promise to put some soon..ish.) So anyway they have these little cabins on the other side of the lake and we got the biggest one to put all five of the girls, minus Charity, into. We spent a week at the Cabin, swimming everyday rain or shine. And we got back on Saturday.
If we don't say anything for the next couple weeks its because of the busy things we are doing. We have the Fourth of July on friday, our teens from church are doing a car wash on saturday to raise money for camp, the next week we have the Fireman's Festival. And two days later we leave for camp during which is my birthday! Anyway that's all for right now until I get some pictures gathered from other peoples phones.
First of all, let me say that I planned on writing numerous times during the past three or so months. In fact, I started writing, but never got around to actually posting it. Autumn offered to write, but its been like two months and she still hasn't said anything. Soooo, here I am. This won't be too long because Autumn wants me to do something and I have like three Biology quizzes and an Algebra test to study for. So enjoy;) (Also the internet isn't working so there may or may not be a lot.:))
So mom is officially 25 weeks (I think). And for those who don't already know, the baby is a.....................well, let's just say that the girls waaay outnumber the boys:)
As for birthdays, I think we've had at least three in our absence. Melody turned 16, Stephen turned 11, and Joshua turned 19 (sadly, I only have a Stephen pic because 1. I don't have the others pictures, and 2. If I did I'd have to take the time to look through all 10,000 of them and choose which one to put in and that would take a long time and 3. our internet is very slow) (I just now realized that saying the internet is slow is kinda like my go-to-excuse;))
Bubbles because our parents weren't home so we made homemade bubbles and used our hands. Cause we're awesome like that ;) Just kidding.:)))
Finally, or semi-finally, balloons. On Saturday we went to a balloon festival thing. It was really cool and we got to watch tons of balloons going up.
We also had the Fine Arts/Graduation which was tons of fun and we spent most of the past year preparing for. But that's for another day because I have to go study for like three Biology quizzes and a Algebra test:)
Thank you for being so smart, so beautiful, so wise and so talented. It's nice to know that I have the potential somewhere in my genetics to possibly one day be as special as you.
Duh duh DUHHH!!!! #suspensemusic
****Disclaimer: Being the perfect-pastor-kids-angels we are, we would NEVER actually do ANY of these things.
1. Breakfast consists of hot dogs and hot chocolate. And hot chocolate for every meal after that.
We did actually feed them a really nice breakfast, but they were still hungry.
2. Do any thing we can to get out of school.
The bananas were going to rot!!!! I mean, why a waste good food when you can make it into banana bread???
3. Bribe the two year old with chocolate to clean the basement. By herself.
We had to clean the basement anyway, we had the chocolate, the baby wanted them, so we gave them to her:)
4. The first thing you do when they walk out the door is yell "PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
As soon as we said that, they walked back in because they forgot something. Oops:)
5. You put the kids to bed at 6 and tell them they have an hour to read.
We didn't feel to guilty until Serenity said "You guys are going to be the best parents ever when you grow up!" It's a good thing she didn't think to look at the clock:)
6. Drink straight lemon juice with three heaping spoonfuls of sugar in it. HYPERNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7. Give a break on school because the house is really, really, really messy. Like deep clean everything. So it takes hours and hours. And we can't finish school because its 5:00.
8. We pretend that folding laundry is an amazingly awesomely fun job-almost like going to Cedar Point-so the two year old and six year old immediately volunteer to do it.
9. You make everything into a race. "I need a pencil....on your mark, get set, go!!! *thirty seconds later* WOW you guys are SO fast!! Thank you SOOOO much!!"
10. You randomly break for song time around the piano. Choir, right?
11. Pick all the unripe peaches from the trees and see who can throw them the hardest at the other trees.
12. Push the tire swing up to the tree and let the kids climb the tree and get on the tire swing. Then let it fall. This is actually really fun...if you don't hit the tree that is.
*****Disclaimer #2: For all those who knew that our parent's were away this weekend, we did have an adult (Thanks Lisa!!) here and we didn't do any of these things. Promise. ish.
Hello Ya'llses!!! (That's plural for "ya'all:)) We were at a conference for a week and we just got back on Saturday. The conference was at Falls Baptist Church in Menominee Falls, Wisconsin. I wasn't really expecting it to be much colder than it is here in Ohio because the temperature has mostly in the negatives or at least below freezing all winter. But as it turned out, it was FREEZING up there. The actual temperature was sort of cold, but the wind made the difference.
We older kids had to stay in the college dorms (they have a college too). To get to the girl's dorms, you have to go across the parking lot, up the boardwalk, up three flights of stairs and then you're there. It was so cold that the ends of my hair froze ;)
Ok, enough about the weather, as you saw from the last post, my mom is pregnant again. Do you like the header?? Yes, that's us and Yes it was freezing outside:) Charity(on the end) is a little blurry because she was talking the whole time! I think she was telling someone that she was freezing and needed a coat. But no children were harmed in the making of that picture.
Except for some frostbite.
When we left for the conference, it was raining here. When we came back, the snow was gone. When we left for church on Sunday, the snow was still gone. When we came back from church on Sunday, there was at least three inches on the ground.
That's the view from the back steps. Isn't it pretty!!!!
I took that picture outside in the snow without a coat on. You're welcome:)
And lastly since this is random, here's Charity.
Recently we put a new banner up on the Blog. Have you noticed it? I wanted to announce our new addition at 12 weeks, but because I obviously am showing and people were guessing we put the banner up early.
My prayer is that each one will learn the reality of salvation, God will change their lives, and because of Christ in their life, many others will SEE Christ and learn of the Saviour.
Because of Michael’s medicine: God could call this little one home, God could allow us to have a special needs child, or God could give us a miracle.
The truth: my attitude is really what matters in the whole scheme of things. I need to keep my focus on Jesus and not my imperfect life.
Serenity Grace turned nine on Saturday February 15th!!
*Disclaimer: I realize most of these pictures are blurry. I've found out it's really hard to get a nice pic of people who are moving really fast. So...most of the pictures are blurryish. I have a setting on my camera for moving things, but it wasn't set on it. Lesson learned:)
Those up there ^^^^ are known to us as 'dough things'. I have no idea what they are supposed to be called. They're made of bread dough, filled with taco meat and cheese, and baked in the oven at 350*F. Very delicious!!