College Boy(s)

Well, the summer ended with a bittersweet send-off for Connor.  Our house was filled with more than 200 people who dropped by to help celebrate and encourage Connor as he headed to The Master’s College this past weekend.  The whole family drove him over to Santa Clarita, CA., got his dorm set up, met his roommate (another baseball player) and met some of his professors and advisors.  All of the freshmen are on campus this week for a Week of Welcome and orientation.  The rest of the students arrive next weekend and then the studies begin 🙂

We are so thankful to God for His provision of this opportunity for Connor to study his passion – Applied Mathematics  – and to also be able to also pursue a degree in Christian Education which will prepare him for future ministry.  He is ready for the challenge and excited to see where the Lord leads.

Today, after returning from CA last night, Mason also became a college student at Chandler Gilbert Community College.  He is taking Spanish and College Algebra and in case you didn’t realize his age – he is driving himself!  Yup!!  They are growing up so quickly!! 🙂

So, exciting times around the Weiss house these days.  We have a couple of months before basketball begins and I am looking forward to the steady pace of homeschool for a few weeks.  We all have missed the structure of the daily grind…..well…..sort of…!!

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Family time

IMG_1449Thank you for a wonderful visit in Edmonton!!  It was so good to see everyone – just wish we had a little more time to “chat” and catch up with all of you.  🙂

Big Sky Montana!

Mason and Griffin and I spent both Canada Day and the Fourth of July in Montana this year!  Such gracious hospitality with the Malm family in a country setting not too far from Boseman.    We spent a day at Yellowstone National Park and the boys had a blast setting off fireworks…day and night!IMG_1327

Congratulations Connor!!

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Woo hoo!!  Despite a nasty case of chicken pox in the days prior to his graduation that caused us to cancel his graduation party, Connor recovered and made it to his Senior High Graduation Ceremony at the Phoenix Convention Center last Friday night!  We have worked towards this goal for years and to see it realized is humbling.  It is only by God’s grace and mercy that we had the wisdom, patience, discernment and guidance to forge the path with Connor to this point.  We look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for our son in the years ahead.  “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9

 

Burning It Up!

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Just wanted to show you – especially Granddad – what Griffin has been working on lately.  He took a pyrography class recently and these are two of his works:  a sleeping squirrel and the watchtower from Grand Canyon National Park.  I love the smell of the wood burning as he works……..

14 Years on His Field of Dreams!

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EVAC (East Valley Athletes for Christ) Varsity Baseball Team played in the AZ State Championship Friday night – Connor’s last game of baseball!  How sad!  Unfortunately, they didn’t win but there were a few perks for getting to the final:  it was the first time his club has ever made it to the championship game, they got to play at the Brewers Spring Training Facility on the main field (great dugout!), David was the Manager (head coach) and Mason pitched the whole game…..to Connor, the catcher!  So fun to watch the Weiss boys play together one last time 😉  Great memories ….great game….love!

It Is Well….

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This past weekend, Dawson performed in her annual theater production, “It Is Well”, based on the true story of Horatio G Spafford.  She had two roles (you see her as the Chicago Fire Chief in the photo above) and she provided the percussion for the soundtrack.  The drama company consists of 12 girls, ages 4-14, and they are responsible for all aspects of the production – costumes, sets, props, soundtrack, acting, publicity, fundraising etc.  We had a blast and we all enjoyed the play!! Bravo!