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35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

"Make sure they remember joy yesterday, experience joy today, and anticipate joy tomorrow."

Motherhood Mission Statement

To provide a loving environment that is centered around God and His commandments while effectively teaching my children to love, honor, and respect all Men no matter the race, creed, or background.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

This year has been an incredible adventure.  I say this all the time, but time really does fly by quickly.

Nolen spent most of the year in therapy.  He has been in Occupational Therapy at Kidpower for a year and a half and we have seen him grow in ways unimaginable three years ago.  Nolen loves minecraft and spends a lot of his free time building and creating new worlds.  We ended ABA therapy this month because of the expense.  I do wish we could afford to pay for the next year of therapy but I also believe he will be OK.  Nolen spends time with his best friend, Olivia and she has been helping him connect with his peers. Nolen played soccer this year and loved it!  He is still doing gymnastics and can't wait to go every Wednesday. 

Edward is in first grade at the Montessori Elementary.  He absolutely loves his teacher this year.  She is kind and very understanding.  He has improved in reading and math.  He still loves minecraft and spends his free time playing in Nolen's worlds on the iPad.  Edward is in gymnastics and begs me to let him quick every time we go.  HA!  He played soccer this year and liked it when we got to practice or the games.  This year, Edward learned how to ride a bike and perfected it every time we went to Kingman.

Stephen has been insanely busy with work.  He works 6 days a week and will continue to work 6 days a week for the next few years.  When Stephen isn't working, he is sleeping and when he isn't sleeping he has been working on his dirt bikes.  Stephen has been taking Edward out weekly so they could practice on the dirt bike.  They have both been really enjoying their time out on the bikes.

I have been more busy than normal this year.  I have tried to slim my schedule down but every time I turn around I have something new on my plate.  I took half the year off from singing so I could concentrate on the boys and my photography business.  I have taken six photography classes this year and have learned more about photography this year than I learned in the last 10 years.  I am so grateful to the friends of mine who have had me take their pictures.  Besides singing and photography, I have been out running.

As we close out 2015 I am so grateful for my family and friends.  I love you all and your generosity.  Thank you so much for reading my silly little blog and be blessed!

Happy Holidays!

Love the Barnes Family

1 comment:

Kjersti said...

Such an adorable family!