Dear Family and Friends,
Lately God has been prompting me (Scarlet) to give thanks in every circumstance, as a matter of faith. It takes discipline to condition oneself to react, in every situation, with praise and thanksgiving, but the practice of praise yields unimaginable blessings. This year has been filled, for us, with many opportunities to praise God through our challenges and in our victories.
|Sawblock & Scarlet|
|AKD's soccer team after a muddy victory|
MC is 9 and in 4th grade. He played tackle football for the first time this fall, and l o v e d it! He was pretty good at it, too--his stubbornness (aka tenacity) is a great asset on the field. MC is also progressing in karate—it’s hard for him to look at what someone else, like his karate instructor, is doing and mimic it, so it’s been slow going, but MC works hard, and we’re proud of how his balance, strength, and flexibility have improved. MC is active in Cub Scouts, and placed in the top 10 in this year’s Pinewood Derby race. MC also participated in his school’s production of Sleeping Beauty in March.
|MC hanging out in the river|
Roger is 5 and in his 2nd year of preschool. As is often the case with youngest children, he is a handful and a half—an amazing daredevil who knows what he wants and is surprisingly sophisticated (for his age) in the ways he goes about getting it. He loves jumping and climbing and pretty much doing the sort of death-defying feats that will shave years off a mama’s life. His new catch-phrase is, “I got this,” as in, I can do this—I don’t need any help :)
|Roger riding his 2-wheeler|
|Sawblock kayaking at Wausau whitewater park.|
Some highlights of our year include an ice fishing trip in January, a spring break trip to Wisconsin Dells and to visit Sawblock’s sister and her family, a weekend canoe camping trip in May, a family trip to Madeline Island in Lake Superior and the boys’ annual trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in July, a trip to Colorado to visit Scarlet’s brother and his family in August, raising monarch caterpillars and our summer fun to-do list, various Cub Scout and Boy Scout camp-outs, service projects, and other activities, and family camping trips.
|Boys in the BWCAW|
|The Bluefield family|
Sawblock, Scarlet, AKD, MC & Roger