Our children have started school for another year. Katie and Desire’ started school on Monday. They are officially in High School. Ana, Alia and J.J. started Wednesday. Here are pictures of Alia’s and J.J.’s first day. Can you believe it? J.J. is in Kindergarten. Alia is in the fourth grade and Ana is in the seventh grade.
Our project for the summer, has been building a new retaining wall in our back yard. It has been a long hard process, with quite a few weeks of no work because of other activities, and hot weather. We are, however, making progress. Here are some pictures of our blood, sweat, and tears.
We made our second annual trek to Downpour Festival in Great Falls, MT on Saturday, August 15. Katie, Desire’, and Ana went with our church‘s youth group on Friday. The weather was very very cold and very rainy; but the presence of God was very very warm, and the title “Downpour Fest” was quite appropriate in both the physical and spiritual realms.
On Friday, the youth say KJ52, Sanctus Real, and Decyfer Down. On Saturday, we were blessed with Among the Thirsty, Lincoln Brewster, Plumb, Brock Gill, and Casting Crowns. WOW!
Alia was born with congenital cataracts. She had the lenses in her eyes removed when she was a few weeks old. Ever since then, she had to wear very thick glasses to compensate for her eyes having no lenses of their own. We tried contacts for a short while, but they proved to be too difficult.
We have been waiting years for her to get big enough to have surgery so artificial lenes could be implanted in her eyes. That time has finally come. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Alia had a new lens implanted into her left eye, and a week later, she had her right eye done. When she is all healed up, she will still have to have glasses, but now they will be ordinary ones like yours and mine.
We praise the Lord for the wisdom He has given our scientists and doctors to be able to do this. Even a few years ago, children born with this problem grew up nearly blind.
Ana has really taken to baken lately. She made us a wonderful cherry cheesecake pie and a delicious appricot cheesecake pie. They were both VERY good. A few days later she made us some yummy muffins and brownies. OHHH!
I’ve gotten behind in updating our Photo Gallery. This evening, I spent some time in doing just that. Click HERE to see photos for the events from the last several months in the McDougalls’ Home. Enjoy.
Life Brings Tears, Smiles, and Memories…
The Tears Dry, The Smiles Fade, But The Memories Last Forever.
Desire’ had a friend, Aleah, from California visit for a week. They wanted to design a tee shirt and make a couple for themselves to remember each other by. After rounding up all of the supplies, here are their creations. Click a picture to see it larger.