|Jaedyn, Josiah, Ciara and Eliana|
We had a fairly good summer. Once we got past a few weeks of mugginess, the weather was great.
Elli in orange with her flute at the spring concert
|Josiah performed at the Maud Powell Arts Festival this month.|
:Josiah went to one camp here as he is only 8. He helped with the garden and both younger children participated in a biweekly junior master gardener program. He took swimming lessons and has progressed to jumping off the diving board and swimming in the deep end.
He has continued with his violin through the summer and especially enjoyed doing group lessons.
Jaedyn had a rocky summer. She started out working the first 5-6 weeks in the kitchen at camp. However, the doctors kept asking for her to get a bunch of tests done and she had so many appointments, then the work load and heat were tearing up her guts. To top it all off, her left leg started swelling up. Ultimately, we discovered that she has primary lymphedema. Now she has to wear a hip high compression stocking every day for the rest of her life. She never seems to get a break. Her boss told her to take a week off when her leg got bad, but then never let her return. Later in the summer, she started doing housekeeping with another lady at the camp, and that seemed a much better fit. She earned enough to buy herself a laptop computer. In August we took her to Wisconsin for Camp Oasis. She loved it. Unfortunately, she started having night seizures again and had to come home a day early. This was a real blow after everything else that happened this summer.
Jaedyn and Ciara are finishing their first week back to school. Both teen girls decided to not go to public school and are happily engaged at their former private school. I'm really happy about this.
|Ciara on left and Jaedyn in yellow at their spring banquet for school. Pictured here with friends Elisabeth Porter and Ivy Brown.|
|At the St Louis Zoo in the heat in July|