We're almost done learning all his letters so I was just trying to get that finished. But, the boy is ready to read! So, I pulled out a little beginning reader that his big brothers had used... and the magic began to happen!
He read one page and I was ready to say "good job" and close the book, but he wanted to read another and another!
Then he looked up at me and said, "I'm a reading boy!"
He smiled and gave me a big hug then pumped his fist in the air and yelled "YAY!"
So, now he can't wait to tell everyone that he is learning to read. He was so excited to show his Dad!
Now, he asks to read during school. And he's super excited for the day he can read stories on his own!
They are the most delightful blessings the Lord has given to me and John!
My friend says "CHERISH" and I do... I really do!
What really stood out to me is that for the very first time in our pictures together, I have a son who is "noticeably" taller than me! It's hard to believe that can already be happening, but it is also very fun!
I realized I can post some of these pictures now that the show has aired! :)
It was really fun to be at Madie's party (as the novice photographer) and see the "behind the scenes" of a tv show being filmed. The party was BEAUTIFUL!!! Absolutley LOVELY!! Kim's beautiful touch was on everything. And the Duggar girls were precious!
Michelle was sweet to let me get a picture of me with her... I admire her so much!
Last weekend we got to go to Branson with all of John's family! The boys were SO excited! We had to adjust our plans a few times due the rainy weather, but we had a great time! We ended up hanging out quite a bit in the rental house... and we celebrated some birthdays there.
(Love the photo bomb in this first pic!)
Then we took the kids to ride go-karts. They loved this!
Look who stopped by! I was so excited to see my parents who were also in Branson celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary!
Before we left the go-kart place, Matt and Madie decided to try the bungee drop thing... and to my surprise, Shepard decided he'd like to do it with them!
Here he is signing the sheet before the big fall...
I cracked up when I saw what he signed:
a crossed out S, then "no way"!
Here they go!
Finally, we made it to Silver Dollar City the next day... and headed straight for the new roller coaster "Outlaw Run". Josiah and Shepard rode that with the bigger kids while John and I took the younger kids to play somewhere else. When we met back up with them, Shepard looked bad.. .sick. We all thought the ride made him feel bad, but he couldn't get over it all day long. He didn't want to do anything else all day. Then we finally figured out that he was actually sick... and learned that he hadn't been feeling well that morning and didn't even eat any of the Krispy Kreme donuts. (That's UNHEARD of with our little hobbit!)
Josiah, on the other hand, LOVED Outlaw Run and rode it several times!
Will loved riding everything he could!
After Shepard had his "magic pill"... ibuprofen... he perked up a little and thought it would be fun to win a monkey by playing darts.
He won two and enjoyed giving the other one to Will.
Then we met back up with the younger kids and found Will like this...
We thought he was just completely wiped out... turns out he was sick, too. On the way home Shepard and Will both had fever. The next day Josiah got it too. We've spent the whole week recovering!