Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Solstice Week

This week was the Summer Solstice.  Nevermind the fact that we have yet to have more than a day or two in a row of summer type weather.  Whether we feel ready for it or not the days are getting shorter again.  We were almost too busy to give it much thought.

We started out with a music recital.  Stephanie played piano and played a piano/flute duet with Kylie.  Jacob and Clara also each played piano and Jacob opened the performance with his Tenor Saxophone.  Both Jacob and Clara played pieces that they had wrote for the recital as well as some classic pieces.  They all did very well!

Then Tuesday was our retirement home volunteer day.  Clara chose the craft this time.  We brought sun catchers that you paint.  We met a new friend this time named Ruth.  She had only been there a week and she enjoyed the craft.

But more exciting than all of the other things we had going on....

We entered a new chapter in our family.  We are now the parents of an adult!

Stephanie turned 18!  We could write down all of our thoughts on this event but it would read like a cliche about how fast the time has gone and how it all seems like yesterday...  so we will spare you all of that and just say -

Stephanie we are so proud of the young woman you have become!  We look forward to seeing the plans God has for you in the next years.

Friday, June 22, 2012


We have our first homeschool graduate!  Stephanie completed her high school studies on June 7th!

She graduated with a 3.87.  We are so proud of you Stephanie!  You have worked so hard!

Thank you friends who came and helped make her day special!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Little Family Member, For a Little While

Had to do a quick post on our newest little family member who will be with us just a short time. 
We sure are enjoying her while she is here!

EJ left our home in May.  We do miss him but are happy to know he is doing very well where he is!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Visitor

Not what the chickens wanted to see perched above their netting.  He sat staring at them for about 10 minutes before coming to the conclusion that he couldn't get to them.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Anyone Remember This?

Does anyone remember the porch project from a year ago? 

In true Stetson style we started the project with the best of intentions but life got in the way and we never got back to it last summer.

Well we have completed it! 

We have such amazing, hard working young adults. 

Jacob did all of the brick work by himself.

Everyone helped with the beauty bark.

Mom designed the pond and waterfall.

Stephanie and Jacob built the pond and waterfall.

Jacob wore out a set of gloves.  These were new when we started.

Pond and waterfall leading to front.