Poor blog, so neglected. But never fear, because Carissa is here, ready to rescue it! So, what have we been doing in our absence? Well here is a little trip through our year so far. In January, we didn't really do anything that I can think of. At least nothing that changed my life or anything :)
Edit: Wait, yes we did! We went to winter camp at Camp Joy with Grace Baptist Church in Letter in, OH!! That was awesome and we had a lot of fun:)
In February, we celebrated my mom's birthday (She turned 40 which was HUGE!, My sister Serenity's 8th birthday, and Valentine's Day!
In March, we celebrated my other sister Melody's 15th birthday.
We also celebrated Easter Sunday!
Also in March, we went to the Columbus Zoo with the Holloways. With their nine, our nine, and an extra girl in the mix, we had quite a crew!
While this picture was being taken, someone asked my mom if this was 'Nineteen Kid's and Counting' :)
From left to right: Joshua Deleon, Andrew Holloway, Autumn Deleon, James Holloway, Melody Deleon, Peter Holloway, Caitlyn Dillhoff(the extra girl:)), Carissa Deleon, Thomas Holloway, Matthew Holloway, Timothy Deleon, Philip Holloway, Stephen Deleon, John Holloway, Serenity Deleon, Brianna Holloway, Mercy Deleon, Nathaneal Holloway, Charity Deleon.
Notice the back and forthness (if that's a word) of the Deleons and Holloways. Well, except for Caitlyn and the people who were out of order anyway. The Deleons kids are older than the Holloway closest in age to them, if that made any sense. :)
In April, we celebrated Joshua's birthday early and went to Kings Island with the Holloways.
We had an awesome time!!! I went on all the rides that we had time for including the "Diamondback"! I went on that one about 3 times. :)
We celebrated Stephen's real birthday in April too. Later, my dad took Joshua up to Camp Joy in Wisconsin where he was interning with Mr. Todd Hatchett in graphic designing.
In June, we celebrated Joshua's 18th birthday without him and Father's day.
We also had The War! A team from Minute Men Ministries came and helped us recruit as many teens as we could. They had this whole spiel to say.
It consisted basically of this: " Have you ever heard of the War? It's an intense three-night competition for teens! We play volleyball with a four-foot by four-foot ball.
This is not your normal bump-set-spike, its more like bump-set-splat! It takes three guys to serve this thing, its huge!! We also play basketball with the same four-foot ball. Instead of your normal three-on-three or five-on-five, its more like forty-on-forty or fifty-on-fifty!
We play this game called spoke tackle too. It's been nicknamed America's roughest race because in this game, you can body check, take down, clothesline, tackle, trip, push, shove, flag tackle, slide tackle, arm drag, hip toss. Anything goes, you're the boss. If someone's in your way, you can push them down and they're not in your way anymore and you can use their face as a springboard to the finish line!
We also play tug-of-war over a thigh-deep mud pit. This thing is the consistency of a Wendy's Frosty, but, trust me, it does not taste anything like it.
You can bring your worst enemy, stick them on the other side, and they'll come out looking like a tootsie roll with teeth!"
We had a lot of fun! I was on the Navy team with Melody, Caitlyn, and other random people from our church along with the teens from the community.
Don't be fooled by this picture of Caitlyn and I. She is a good 3 or 4 inches taller than me at least! :)
After the war ended, the Deleons, Caitlyn, and one of the people on the team, Cheyanne, went out for icecream!
In July, we went to the annual band and fireworks.
And that's our life so far.
More to come!!!
God reached down in love and rescued Cassandra from her sin at the age of 21: changing her life, purpose, and focus forever.