18 September 2018
I have no idea, Josephine. But, I do know that you should never stop asking questions.
04 September 2018
Our bunch is up this morning and ready for an early start. School begins at seven thirty in the morning here in Maryland, and you can see by the fog behind them that the sun is not even up all the way yet.
Charlotte is at Kent County High School and starting tenth grade. She is excited about her electives this year because they begin a "career path". Charlotte chose nursing and her class is ten girls and one boy. They will have hands on labs and field trips all related to nursing.
Josephine is at the top of the middle school this year in eighth grade. She is still in the STEM program and for an added challenge she has qualified (because her grades are amazing) to start Spanish. Most kids get to start in ninth grade, but, she and a few other eighth graders get to start now. She is ready for a new challenge.
JMichael is also at the top of his school - in the fifth grade. He has many of the kids from his baseball and soccer teams in his class and he is excited to get back into a routine. He still gets a little help at school with reading/language for his dyslexia, but, he loves math. JMichael is coming out of his shell a little too. He loves to play the clown.
Yes, Charlotte wore those shoes all day.
Love these three. 2018-19
31 August 2018
16 August 2018
They started at Aquafit, which is a physical therapy gym, with classes and yoga and personal trainers. Samantha and Charlotte run the front desk, making appointments, taking money, renting lockers, checking in clients and answering the phone. They plan to work up through the ladder - Samantha moving into the accounting side and Charlotte wants to be a certified life guard - both get the benefit of the whole facility, which includes a heated pool, sauna, hot tub, all the classes....what a deal.
And as an aside - do you know what these two did with some of the money from their first paycheck? They hired someone to mow our two acres. Dang sweet. I mean, they win too, because they won't have to mow, but, they did it for all of us. Mowing two acres with a push mower in summer is no joke. Thank you ladies!
07 August 2018
William Pickrum, President; Ron Fithian, Commissioner, then three coaches, and William Short, Commissioner, plus our team of All Stars. All the boys live in Kent County and represented our district (including Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne's and Kent Counties) in the Maryland State Tournament. JMichael is standing in the second row, just in front of Commissioner Short.
03 August 2018
This beautiful sunset is part of what makes living out in the country so amazing. We are surrounded by beauty. The sign in silhouette is Welcome to Kennedyville.
31 July 2018
Rachel headed back to Arkansas after leaving us in June at David and Dawn's house. She took Samantha with her and Samantha was able to visit her friends and work at Tasty Freez again. She stayed with Rachel about three weeks. Rachel drove back here to Maryland in mid July, to bring Samantha home and she stayed a few short days - visiting her friends here and resting up for her return drive to Arkansas. While she was here, we all went down to Eric and Abbey's house to hang out with them, too. Abbey talked to Rachel about a possible job, and, if everything goes well, Rachel may be moving to Maryland on her own in a few weeks. Ah, the life of the young and single!
Rachel has always been her own person - ready to leap, to try and to explore. She wants to get her education and pay her bills - all while hiking trails and meeting new people. She's a dreamer, with a conscience. She's a planner - with big ideas. For my part, I would love to see her move to Maryland and finish her degree here. But again, this is Rachel. She will do it her way - I just try to make the path easier.
Rachel and Samantha, from the top of Mt. Pinnacle, Arkansas. July, 2018