We are wrapping up our summer, the girls really are ready to head back to school. I feel as if this summer was about three weeks too long, as the girls are “bored” with the regular summer fun stuff. They miss their friends, the routine of school, and their minds are sharp and eager to learn all the new stuff their teachers have for them this year. Well, their little minds may be a little dulled by hours of meaningless television and iPod games, but I am sure they will be whipped back into shape in no time.
Miss Maddie will be a teenager in a few weeks, although it is no surprise since we always joke that she was born a teenager. She has a keen fashion sense, an eye for beauty, but most importantly, she has a very tender heart and loves Jesus and the world around her. Maddie went to middle school camp this summer and the Chicago mission trip with GSM, the youth ministry of our church. She was marked by both–each experience really making a difference in her life. I am excited for her as she starts her 7th grade year.
Whitney is starting middle school in two days. She’s excited and nervous as most middle schoolers are when they are not quite sure what to expect. Whitney is a fiery, passionate, full-of-life kid that brings laughter and happiness wherever she goes. She is a true friend to whomever crosses her path, no matter their social standing. Whit told us yesterday that she either wants to be a judge or a marine biologist. Funny thing is that I can completely see her going in either direction. She loves the outdoors and any kind of adventure, but has a strong sense of justice that influences the way she thinks and acts. I know she will be an amazing young woman whatever she chooses to do.
Miss Isabelle is starting first grade this year. She made leaps and bounds her Kindergarten year, and got amazing results on her test scores at the end of the school year. She is fiercely determined to keep up with her big sisters, is witty, intelligent, full of joy and laughter all of the time. Her sense of humor and spirit of joy and creativity keep our house buzzing with life and activity at all hours of the day (and night). She has more energy than anyone in our household. If we could somehow bottle that energy for sale, we’d be millionaires. 🙂 She is also excited and nervous about the school year. One of her best friends, Miah is in the same class as her this year, and she can hardly contain her excitement. She already said she knows they will talk a lot and get in trouble. I am sure their teacher will have her hands full!
Thanks for checking in on us. I hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to a glorious fall. I already see the leaves changing at the tops of the trees and can hardly believe summer is almost over.