Here are a couple of sets I completed a few weeks ago. I'm finishing up my last order before I send my machines in for a tune-up and take a much needed break. Just a reminder that I won't be taking orders this summer, but will be back up and running sometime in August, depending on how the craziness of back-to-school goes. Keep checking back for a whole new look and some restructuring for The Chocolate Zebra!
I apologize for the uncouth title, but that's what I call burp cloths in my shorthand on my dry erase board. I'm STILL madly churning out orders even though I'm "closed". I had several large orders that were placed a few weeks ago and I'm embarrassed at how long it's taking me to get them finished. I may or may not have actually told my children, "Pretend I'm not here" at some point today. That goes against everything I value in being a SAHM, but I was desperate to make some headway. They have been very understanding and make the daily trudge to the post office with me without complaint (so far). Hopefully I'll get everything finished up this weekend and we can concentrate on actually having fun. We did make it to the pool today for the first time, so I'm not a total slacker mom.
Gentry - 1st day of 3rd grade
Gentry - last day of 3rd grade
Gentry - last day of 3rd grade
Ava - 1st day of 4th grade
Ava - last day of 4th grade
Ava finished elementary school on Friday. She moves to 5th grade, which is intermediate school in our area. To say I'm proud of my oldest girl is an understatement. She has surpassed our expectations in every way since she was born. At the age of 2, she was playing with colored pencils and when I turned to see what she was doing, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up when I saw she had laid out the pencils to spell her name. Then she picked up a pen and wrote it. I hadn't taught her to do that. She read chapter books at 4, and ever since has had a voracious appetite for reading. She is brilliant, kind-hearted and honest to a fault. She loves learning and accepts any challenge with enthusiasm. Ava, I can't wait to see what God has in store for you in this next adventure! God bless you!
Gentry is my sweetheart. She is so tender-hearted and sensitive, and can't stand to see other people hurting. She is always seeking new ways to help others, whether donating her own money to help orphans in Ghana or giving up her birthday to raise funds for charity:water (www.mycharitywater.org/gentrylamberth). She also excels in the classroom and is a loyal friend. She enjoys the "best of both worlds" by being both an older and younger sister, and loves playing and spending time with Tatum, who adores her. She is looking forward to being Big Girl on Campus next year in 4th grade and also watching out for her kindergarten sister. We love you, Gentry, and know you will make a big difference in this world for God's kingdom!
I don't mean to paint a perfectly rosy picture of our family. We still disagree and my kids argue and whine. Don't even get me started on the chaos of our garage where they store their shoes and refuse to keep them in neat pairs so we have to frantically search for a match every time we leave the house (!). But each milestone they reach makes me wax nostalgic and appreciate their unique personalities and traits, and thank God for giving me my precious girls for a short time.