shocking disappointment in June when he was (unfairly) denied rank. Joseph is formally enrolled in his very first classroom: Algebra 1. The highly recommended teacher lives a few blocks away, and although it's expensive, we're determined not to repeat the same mistakes we made homeschooling upper level maths with Zachary. Joseph moved up to pre-seniors on the local swim team, and rides with Zac to the later practices each evening. Our dining room now has two dinner seatings on weeknights: one for the younger kids who need to be in bed by 7PM, and one for the older kids and Tim.
(screen names) continue to grow and develop in leaps and bounds... and almost steps! Considering Leia wouldn't even put weight on her feet in July, her pulling up, standing and creeping is exciting to behold. Luke is very close to walking, and only lacks the final tid-bit of confidence. Their chances for reunification with mom are very strong; our time with them will be brief. What a grace to be able to provide a safe and loving foster home for them in this time of transition. Zachary has grown used to his new room downstairs, and says he may remain there when the twins depart (he admits being repulsed by the baby smells, so perhaps he's actually not willing to endure the new scent in his upstairs room?).
Today is the one year anniversary of Anna's tragic death. Our prayers are with her family and all who mourn her sudden loss and all those who mourn the loss of their little children. May the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension be theirs now and always.
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