Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or
slow to do the humble work.

- Mother Teresa

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I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

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Saturday, June 27, 2009
A rite of passage: mowing the lawn.

When I was 9, my grandpa let me drive his riding mower in Iowa - over a HUGE, beautiful hilly green lawn. It was one of the biggest days of my life!! Then, when I was 12 (I think - maybe 11), he let me actually MOW the lawn, and it was the best chore there could be. I looked forward to it every summer when we visited!! (My grandpa was the BEST!!!!!!)

Reese is 14 1/2, so I figured it was time he started mowing. He's been wanting to for some time, and I let him drive it on the street on our dead-end when he was 12 or so, but today he became a Man.

He did great, too!! We have a lot of debris in our yard, which makes it a difficult yard to mow (which is one reason for the delay). Lots of sticks, dog toys and plaster chunks from all of the remodeling and the room we put on, but Nikolai and I helped pick up as much as we could and I let Reese do his thing.

He's trying to be modest, but I know he's as proud as he can be at his new responsibility!!


Adoption Adventure said...

Missy, I am enjoying your blog. I will be following as you go for your 4th child. He is adorable! We have been so blessed through our adoptions. God is so awesome! Rhonda

Jane Smith said...

Hey Reese! Good going!! But stop growing up so fast!!! ;o)

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Nikolai, Mark, Missy, Reese, and Erik

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