Our pastor this week was talking about asking in prayer and receiving from God. Mark 11:22 does not say ask within reason. It does not say ask what you feel is right, but it simply puts ask and believe with every ounce of your being. Then, God will use you to greater heights than you can ever imagine. Wow! This time last year, I was begging God to show us our next move. I wasn't in a good place in our life because I wanted desperately to be home with our children. I wanted not to work yet to be financially stable. I wanted my husband to be present when he was home and to actually have a chance to be home. I wanted to know how L. fit into our life. Fast forward one year and we live in a different state with B. at a new golf course. We are schooling our children at home using Classical Conversations and I get the privilege and honor of watching them grow, learn, and excel. We get to have L. as part of our lives part time and have the benefit of being part of and amazing group of people raising him. God has provided in so many ways that it is almost incomprehensible.
I'm going to start using this blog to record some of our boring daily life and some really interesting things that we do to help me when I have to report their education at the end of the year. And, because I really want to gratefully remember these parts of our life.
Monday, March 27, 2017
I'm writing this post to make myself feel better. I'm writing it because that has been one of the hardest summers of B's career and thus we haven't seen him much; this led to a grumpy, stressed out mom and kiddos that had to take on extra responsibility. I'm writing it because in my mind, this summer has been all work and no play. In my mind, I see the pictures of everything that my friends are doing with their kids, and I can never live up to it. I'm writing it because in my mind everyone else is having a blast and my kids are always choosing TV over play or being yelled at. However, these pictures paint a different picture.
(these are in no particular order because I just can't make my computer work the way that I want it to work. )
|outdoor Finding Nemo|
|movie and popcorn with the neighbors|
|there are no words|
|last day with the summer nanny|
|again, there are no words|
|learning about fishing from the best|
|winner winner chicken dinner|
|A childhood dream... winning a fish at the fair|
|AHG camp... 3 days and 2 nights of AHG|
|loving each other poolside|
|A's closing AHG ceremony|
|Ice cream stop on the way to Bethany Beach|
|R. loves the beach just like the rest of us|
|getting more brave every year!|
|A's early birthday present|
|learning how to take care of the greens|
|"I spy a golf ball"|
|Aunt Jenny's dirty thirty|
|funland at the beach. R's first ride!|
|napping at the beach|
|finally using K's birthday present|
|"sure, I'll ride with daddy."|
|swim team friends|
|Nats game in the box!|
|see, I can be fun|
These pictures paint a picture of an amazing, fun filled summer. And, these glimpses are amazing and fun filled. Hopefully, they are what my kids will remember. But, they are probably 5% of the summer.
Now, here comes the truth...
|there was lightening the entire time. most families left because they didn't want to ummm... die. We stayed put b/c B. said the rain wouldn't come our way. I was a ball of nerves and though I've seen Finding Nemo 1000 x, I didn't pay attention at all|
|This was actually about as close to perfection as it comes. Sarah watched our big kids for 27 hours per week while I worked. She was great. On the last day, A. made muffins and K. dressed up in his "fancy clothes" They were all so sweet.|
|another truly good summer moment. Nothing can beat babies learning to eat. But, the clean up... not so fun. At least we were outside.|
Here's to a much better 2017!