Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Show Must Go On...

 Beautiful Kiki with her hair all out.  I love the natural look.  Kiki's hair is still not quite long enough, and it goes all crazy, but when it's all fluffy it's really cute.

 Just love this happy girl!

 Now that Canaan's married, we are training new blood.  Si loved learning how to mow the lawn, and he loves watching Dad fix things.  He's going to make a great man some day!

 Maggie learned to use the rider mower.  But Dad had to rig a bungie cord up because she doesn't weigh enough to keep the seat down!  (When the seat comes up, it stops the motor.)

 Sunday morning.  Gorgeous young lady.

 Handsome guys, ready for church.

 "Every girl's crazy bout a sharp dressed man..."

 Kiki and Levi are best friends.  They love looking through this animal book together and quizzing each other on the animals.  Levi knows every animal in the book, in English.  His vocabulary is astounding for a kid who just started learning English a year ago.

 The kids have all been practicing chin ups lately.  Silas is finally able to do one!

 My lovely girl. 

 This was a picture Kiki drew for school.  She was told to draw something she likes.  So she drew Hannah, with the long, long hair. 

 Captain America fans.

 Reminds me of DJ Lance from Yo Gabba Gabba.

 Levi loves dress up.

 Matching girls.  My girls love to match.  Here they are wearing skirts that Mrs. Hadley bought them several years ago!

 Last glimpse of summer.  The pool is down now, and the days are beautiful, but cool.

 So, as I told you last time, Hannah tore her ACL doing a flip, and had to have surgery to repair it.  This is a few days before the surgery.

 So we left very early on a Wednesday morning.  It was foggy on the way there, and I was nervous driving in the dark and the fog.  And I was thinking, "Man it would really suck to get in an accident right now."  As I approached a red light and hit the brakes, the brakes did nothing.  I reached down to grab the emergency brake and it was then that I discovered that it was already on!  I had been driving with it on, but had had no indication that I was.  So the brakes had overheated and were not working. 

I swerved to avoid a couple of cars, and looked for a spot to run into to slow the car down.  Just as I had almost reached some bushes on a side street, I impacted the end side of another car.  The airbags went off, and as anyone who has been in an accident knows, it was shocking.  Hannah's poor car was totaled, but we are very thankful because it could have been so much worse.  I hardly know how I avoided having a much worse accident.

 My arm.  But only bruises.  No major injuries.

Then I was so worried that Hannah would miss her surgery.  Canaan came to get her and drove her to the surgery center and stayed with her until I could get there about an hour later.  The surgery must go on!

 Hannah really hates all things medical.  Besides just coming from a car accident and losing her car, she was mostly upset about facing some needle pokes. 

 The next day, she was home.  All went well.

 First day home.

 It was easy to get bummed out and sad.  Hannah is super athletic and always on the go.  It was a major adjustment to have to just lie down and heal.  On a sad morning we did our best to cheer her up by bringing in the chicks...

 ... and Eden danced for her.  That always cheers anybody up!

 And then there was Ruby, who just seemed to know that something was wrong, and that Hannah needed a buddy.

Yes, the best medicine is a compassionate kitty.

You can see in the xrays where the screws were put.

So now it is late October.  Hallowe'en costumes are being made.  It has been over a year since we met our new boys.  It has been a year unlike any other, grueling and puzzling and challenging.  And yet, we are still standing somehow.  We face many more challenges, and we pray for wisdom, compassion, discernment, and God's will.  Join with us.  


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