...so I'm going to take that right and brag about my life right now.
1. My children are doing so well academically. They are all excelling in school. Conferences this year are actually a lot of fun! To top it off, Emily just received an invitation to apply for National Honor Society. When I compare where she is now to the Junior I was in high school, I'm amazed at her tenacity, skills, and her heart for serving.
2. Matthew ran cross country this year, and I'm so proud of how well he did! He's also in the fall play, and he starts wrestling at the end of the month.
3. It's been quite a rough start to the year for Michael. First, one morning, he woke up with chunks of his hair missing. He has autoimmune alopecia. Luckily, most of it is starting to grow back. Then, he had a mass in his belly that required emergency surgery. He's now recovering from that, and will return to the doctor tomorrow for his post surgical follow up. Despite that, he's doing really well in school.
Emily is going out for Miss Teen Missouri USA on November 5th and 6th. We're really looking forward to that. Her gown is beautiful, her interview dress is gorgeous, and her swimwear...well, Daddy doesn't like it, but the color is phenomenal on her. She's already gotten a scholarship to her beloved Lindenwood University by going out for the pageant. We're looking forward to seeing what happens. This could be a very, very good thing for her.
Our upstairs pipes are being cantankerous, so Darren's been remodeling up there. He's moved the cast iron claw foot tub, and built a shower. Of course, with pipes this old, they just don't hold together well when they're manipulated, so we've had a number of drips, leaks, and indoor thundershowers. He's so close to laying the linoleum, though, and then we'll paint. It's going to really be nice when it's done.
That's about it on my end! I had hoped to do another NaNoWriMo this year, but I just can't. I wish they would do it over the summer, or even in March, when it isn't as hard! It seems like my Novembers are just so busy anymore. That's okay...I love having something to do.