No news to confess that I have become quite the fan of the family, finding their blog the most interesting of all we've dicussed here.
With Miss Rebecca Serven about to join her sister Elizabeth in the ranks of married ladies, curiosity got the better of me as to their ages. I found this list from their initial blog entry in January 2005, so add 4 years to everyone's ages and you'll see that the Serven lasses are not expected to marry quickly -- and I'm now most curious as to how old the laddies will be before they take the big step!
Rebecca (25) embraces her calling as a stay-at-home-daughter and serves the family in communication and informational systems. To this end, she keeps up our websites (www.servenclan.com and www.genevanfoundation.com), plays travel agent for our myriad of trips, writes, teaches, reads stories to small people, plays music, sews and gardens.
Nathan (22): After moving to Missouri with the rest of our family, Nathan, adventuresome as ever, took off for CA in October to work on a US Congressional campaign. We look forward to his return in December. He enjoys discussion, reading, working with his hands and planning for the future. As the year draws to a close, and there are many decisions to be made, he would appreciate your prayers as he attempts to discern God's will for his life.
Elizabeth (21), practical and easygoing, serves as the official cook for our family. She does all the planning, shopping and cooking for our crowd and any guests who may grace our table. Beth continues to follow her interests in nutrition, harp and history. She loves helping young families in our church as one facet of our family vision.
Peter's (17) interests became more focused this year. God opened up some amazing opportunities in his growing love of film-making. Ruffled Feathers, his first video short, was a semi-finalist in the SAICFF and he continues as a "film student" working on a variety of projects. With a quick wit and a soft heart, Peter is a joy to have around our home.
Benjamin (15): Another broken arm this fall put piano on hold for several months. However, that did not hamper his serious and sometimes goofy personality, nor hurt his reading habit. We recently located a Boy Scout troop in MO and Ben is working towards his Eagle award.
Sarah (13) is growing into a lovely young woman. Her artistic touches around our home and kind smiles to everyone are wonderful to see. She continues in her piano studies and is maturing in her ability to interpret the pieces. Whatever the newest craze is around our home, she leads the way for her younger sibling's most exciting adventures.
Lydia's (10) no-nonsense attitude makes her a favorite playmate of her younger brothers and friends at church. Though we have taken a break with violin (hope to start up again soon) her piano studies are progressing nicely. She is faithful to practice every day--usually without even one reminder.
Andrew (7) loves to give hugs to his family, compliments to his sisters and liberally pass around grins to all our acquaintances. He is a boy's boy. Though he is very active, he has a soft spot for anyone willing to hold him on their lap.
Joel (4), a thoughtful young lad, recently decided while observing Andrew's reading lessons: the time had come to learn to read! Joel is our best question asker and his sensitive heart is always ready for his families love.
Elizabeth married in spring '09, around age 25.
Rebecca marries next month, late fall '09. around age 29.
Nathan's 26 and Peter's 21. I'm pretty sure none of the fellas volunteered for military service and the girls sure won't. *shrug* My dad married at 30, partly because World War II put his life on hold for five long years.
Interesting family. Not at all what I expected/imagined, in re: the marriage ages.