In part one I talked about how my three youngest children fill my life. This time I'm going to share how the older three children also fill my life full. They don't do all the fun little things that my littlest ones do, but there are plenty of fulfilling times that they add to my life in their own ways.
Kaomi - My quiet six year old keeps me guessing. I often don't know what she is thinking. She tends to be quiet and often doesn't speak up when she needs something. She enjoys reading, which she used to struggle with. She dislikes copywork so much that she will just sit and do it very slowly. She likes to sit next to me when I am reading and she likes to have her back rubbed. She likes to play dollhouse and set up scenes for me to look at. She also likes to play pretend and help in the kitchen. She likes babies, too. She likes to try to get out of doing her chores by doing them very slowly or not doing them and hoping we don't notice. She likes horses and got a chance to ride one a couple weeks ago and hopes she will get to do it again soon.
Katy - My competitive eight year old thinks like I do. I understand her and can tell what she is thinking sometimes. She likes help make lunch on the weekends. She often fixes something for everyone to eat if she is given the chance. Her independent streak shows when she wants to know how to do something, but as soon as she is shown she wants to do it by herself. She enjoys embroidering and wants to learn how to sew. She loves to help with Quinn and carry him around. She likes horses and likes to read books about horses and really enjoyed getting to ride one a couple weeks ago with Kaomi and is looking forward to riding again.
Kent - My reluctant nine (almost ten) year old is beginning to show interest in doing things that show he is maturing. He likes to help Jeff grill. He thrives with structure for his day. He struggles with change, but we work together to try and help him accept and adjust to it. He tells every little detail about something he wants to talk about. He likes to throw his football. He enjoys visiting with our elderly neighbor. I enjoy looking at his Lego designs from vehicles to sets for an action scene. His ability to do a good job on his chores is improving and when he wants to do a good job there is little for me to have him finish. He likes to go to CSB each week and is disappointed if something prevents him from getting to attend. Kent also reads a lot. Recently, he finished reading The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series by J.R. Tolkien.
Next time I'll finish up with other things that fill my life in Part 3.