I have not been able to load pictures to the blog for days because of some error message, but JD came home from his trip and fixed it, so I'm back. Since I last blogged, JD has made a trip to San Diego and Wisconsin and is going to head back to San Diego. Alyssa is in CA at the Bible college that Moriah went to last summer, outside of San Diego. Moriah just left for San Diego yesterday to visit Gabriel, Alayna and Nathan. Finally, we are sending Tori for a visit next week because she has wanted to go so badly, and they will not be living there too much longer. She will overlap some time with JD, Moriah and Alyssa, but Gabriel is taking leave to take her to Sea World and the famous San Diego Zoo once the others all clear out. We bought her plane ticket but she has saved up all her spending money for the trip.
As is our norm, summer revolves around swim team. The above sweatshirts are so cute, they have our last name on the hood so everyone can identify the families. I am so proud of Elijah. He has been my most reluctant swimmer. On day one, he asked to quit before he got in the water. I explained that learning to swim well is like riding a bike and it isn't too fun when you are falling, but to stick with it until he could swim like he rides. He trusted me and worked hard.
He not only has learned to swim well, he's pretty fast for a first year swimmer. We have done two meets and he has swam three of the four strokes in both meets. Here he is about to dive in; he has also come a long way in the area of being comfortable in front of a crowd.
He was the first swimmer in a free style relay and they came in first. It was an exciting moment for him.
He isn't the only ribbon winner; Bella took first in the individual freestyle. She has made huge progress this summer also.
Today was picture day and fun day. Swim team has been a great experience; we are blessed to be able to do it.