In May, Peppermint Patty had kittens. I so appreciate cats who have small litters and who take good care of them.
Amy came home for a visit! She's been in Thailand for 2 1/2 years now. The happy truth is that she loves it there, she has lots of friends both Thai and American, she speaks Thai, she's teaching English which she enjoys, and she lives with a lady named Kimberly who sounds like a dream roommate in that she's low-maintenance emotionally but does high maintenance around the house.
|This is sort of an odd photo but it's beautiful to me because:|
1. Three daughters together
2. On one couch
3. Eating popcorn
4. Three daughters together!!
Two days later, Jenny graduated from high school.
|Jenny's senior portrait.|
Taken by Kristi Smucker
|All of us but Matt were here for graduation.|
|The graduates sang a song, a BMS custom.|
Deana, Mikala, Janane, Jenny
|Cousin Allison helped exclaim over the gifts.|
|We gave Jenny a guitar for graduation. My inner 10-year-old gets a big kick|
out of posing this bear in all kinds of situations. Silly, yes, but it was way more fun
to have Jenny come downstairs and discover her gift this way than just
GIVING it to her.
So I'm making lists of things to undertake and learn in the next 50 years. A fun exercise, really:
Study watercolor painting
Study depression and gut health
Or at least hills
Take just enough counseling classes to learn the magic question to ask to make people figure out how to fix their problems, right away and of their own volition.
[More "what's been happening" posts to come.]
Emily: Hey Jenny, do you think you'd like to marry "Nathan."
Jenny: I've never met him and I've barely stalked him so I have no idea.