It’s two in the morning when Lauren can’t ignore her contractions any longer. They get checked in quickly enough, then Isaac is holding her and massaging her back as the contractions come.
It’s just past four when Dr. Morgan says it’s time to push. Lauren had second doubts about this whole delivery bit, and Isaac was barely holding himself together.
(Russo-Traver Household Profile)
John Russo (78 years), Zeke Traver (47 years), Morgan Russo-Traver (46 years), Cicely (16 years), Vivienne (16 years)
narrated by: Vivienne
Only two months left in our junior year and neither of us are prepared for next year. Well Cicely is more prepared, just because she’s known what she wanted to do since she was five. She’s going to be a doctor, just like Mom and Grandma.
I sit in Advanced Biology falling asleep, the cute student teacher, Mr. Millett doesn’t even help keep me alert. I’m not exactly skeeved out by blood or cells, I just don’t care about it at all.
Hadley Millett (29 years), Rosabella Steinman (28)
narrated by: Hadley
Rosabella and Trey have been dating about two years, and while he may be interested in marriage, she isn’t quite there yet. Which is a relief to me, first because I don’t want to hunt a new roommate, and second, because neither of them can cook; she’d likely die.
Dave and Alicia Brewer’s eldest, Percy celebrates his fourth birthday. He’s very outgoing and loves to play with his baby brother Elliot. He does get a bit grouchy when his brother gets into his toys, especially since they share a bedroom.
Rita Popper celebrates her 12th birthday, and if anything, she’s realized family is very important to her. All of the Popper’s are close, and she really appreciates having such a large family support her.
(Grimsley Household Profile)
Tim Grimsley (54 years), Bekah (53 years), Holden (16 years)
narrated by: Bekah
Holden is finishing up his junior year, and soon Tim and I will be empty-nesters. Willa graduates this spring from EU, but she has zero intention of moving back home.
I finally feel like Lainey and Michael are doing well. She’s always been obstinate, refusing to embrace surprises which put Michael at a disadvantage romantically. When we were over recently to visit, I saw them embracing.
(Andersen Household Profile)
Benjamin Andersen (43 years), Grace (40 years), Ainsley (14 years), Isla (13 years), Tillie (10 years), Hatty (8 years)
narrated by: Ainsley
I thought it was time I got a job now that I’m fourteen, fifteen in four months. The only places in Millwood that hire fourteen year olds though is the pizza joint. I asked Dad to take me, and then he stood awkwardly at the entrance, acting like he was lost.
Thankfully Clayton ignored him, and he offered me a job! I can’t wait to have some of my own money to spend on craft supplies and seeing a movie with Elodie.
Once I started though, my confidence sunk. I couldn’t figure out the cash register, which was embarrassing on its own, but Ezra Gavigan saw me make a fool of myself, and he’s pretty cute!
Clio and Thea Browning celebrate their fourth birthday. They are both excited to start preschool the next fall and be at school with their sister Mavis. She told them sometimes she might have lunch with them, and they can’t wait!
Clio is outgoing, she is looking forward to building friendships in school. She also isn’t interested in stories like her Mom and brother; she loves science and experiments.
She takes after her Mom the most, but with her Dad’s coloring.