battening down!

it's a wrap! sixth grade and eleventh grade are history as of today. the last year as been (praise God) pretty smooth sailing. thinking back to bennett's eleventh grade year, the one that shaved a few years off my life, i was so thankful that in comparison, anna katherine's was a piece of cake.

the eleventh grade at our school is known to be a tough one. the kids are usually in their last year of a foreign language, higher level math classes, chemistry... all while trying to raise their grade point averages for college applications. 

mary claire made a smooth transition to middle school. because moving one hallway over can be dramatic for some ;)  we weathered a few stereotypical middle school issues. she is a different animal compared to her sister. i often think she fits the first born mold more than her brother.

every evening at dinner time we received a play by play of her day. it usually started with, "SO do you want to hear about the drama in my grade today?" followed by every friendship, teacher, grading, lunchroom... if it happened on the middle school hallway,  dramatic detail. 

may days her righteous indignation was off the charts. {sigh}

 bennett is back and forth between camden and clemson. he is working, taking fire classes and a couple classes at clemson. that boy has matured is ways i never ever dreamed possible. i credit his eleventh grade year to so many life lessons learned. his failures have made him successful. he is only half way through college, so i do not want to speak too soon. 

but we praise GOD everyday for who he is becoming! we joke that grace should be his new nickname. because if any of our children have ever experience God's undeserving grace, is is bennett graves. 

so we are battening down the hatches for summertime. the freezer is stocked with ice pos and jimmy springs is on the dash of the car. i love this time of the year! mary claire and anna katherine are involved in swim team. anna katherine has taken a job as a life guard. mary claire has already finished her summer reading ;)  mary claire is taking a trip with our youth group. anna katherine will be involved in some local mission work, that i am so excited about!

 jeff is, per summer tradition, working on the boat.  i am working most weekends, but making the most of every opportunity of family time! we still haven'y confirmed vacation plans... but that's how we operate ;)

happy, happy summer!

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