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Pick your teeth up off the floor, people. I realize it’s been a while.

Trust me, I have felt my absence from you these last five months. Yes, five months. I can’t even believe it has been that long.

But it has.

Life started going nuts around the end of March. Not nuts in a bad way, really, but nuts nevertheless. Just nuts in an extremely busy way. So, forgive me if I am a little rusty here in the writing department!

Since I last wrote, we went to Disneyworld and Universal Studios as a family for the first time (Words can’t describe how awesome a time we had!), Jacob attended his senior prom (It was amazing!), Emma had her big performance with her show choir/musical theater group (Also amazing!), our homeschool co-op finished up with all its end of year performances and activities, Jacob graduated from high school (Emotions galore, people! Fantastic! So proud! Oh, and Thank You, Jesus!), I attended the Florida Homeschool Convention, Emma completed her 9th grade year and got her learner’s permit, and then Summer commenced in all its glory!

Summer 2013 collage

After an amazing summer filled with surfing camp, Jesus camp, family, zip lining, sun and fun, here we are—already about to fall headlong into the school year—which is KAY-RAY-ZAY, y’all! Such changes lie ahead for us and I am thrilled and horrified and completely at peace all at once.

Can anyone else relate?

Jacob is registered for classes at the local community college. (I am so not ready.) And Emma is all situated to begin her sophomore year in high school. (She says she is not ready, but she is…she just doesn’t know it.) Hubby continues to work so hard for us and I am preparing again to teach classes at our homeschool co-op.

Am I really this old??!

Yes. Yes, honey, time just has its way of traipsing forever onward.

Each time I look in the mirror and see the additional “tinsel” that adorns my hair, I am reminded of that fact. I am also reminded of how incredibly blessed I am.

Even in the midst of aging, Hubby’s car (a 1995 Toyota Camry with 285,000 miles on it) choosing whether or not to crank on a daily basis, college tuition and waking up to a lame parakeet this morning, I am blessed.

And I am so filled with gratitude.

And in the inevitable moments when my gratitude and peace elude me, and I wonder how we will pay for…whatever…fill in the blank, or how I am going to accomplish everything  that needs accomplishing during the course of any given day, or as I want to curse out and give the finger to some jerky teenage driver who just cut me off as I was trying to turn into the grocery store parking lot, and I am distressed about loved ones who are suffering unimaginable hurts and loss and loneliness and illness, I go to the Source.

And here is what The Source tells me:

“In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 NIV

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!” Isaiah 26:3 NLT

“God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
For who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
God arms me with strength,
and he makes my way perfect.
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
You have given me your shield of victory.
Your right hand supports me;
your help has made me great.
You have made a wide path for my feet
to keep them from slipping.”  Psalm 18:30-36 NLT

In this season of no blogging and all the fantastic family awesomeness we have had, I have experienced such an intense range of emotions. Such joy and such sadness…mostly, joy. But the emotions of it all have been just crazy enough to make me question my mental health at times, but what a comfort the scriptures have been to me! When I keep my mind fixed on Him, it is amazing how much less crazy I feel. I highly recommend.

I would like to say that “I am back”, but it is hard to make the commitment knowing all the things that are coming up to keep me busy. My intention is to be back to blogging regularly, because I do love it so.

If anyone is still out there reading, thank you. Thanks for sticking with me.


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“I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.” ~Shel Silverstein


We are T Minus 8 days and counting here.  The back-to-school train is pulling out of the station whether we like it or not.  We made a brief visit to Jacob’s school today to get a feel for the lay of the land in 8th grade world.  His classes are a little more spread out this year, but he’ll have it down cold after a few days, I am sure.  (Positive thoughts, everyone!)  I have my reservations about it all, but I don’t say anything in front of Jacob about it…he’s anxious enough as it is. 

Sooo, ONWARD people!

What else…we’ve been having a bit of fun here at the end of summer.  We enjoyed a trip to visit some of Hubby’s family in Emerald Isle, NC.   We took a boat ride (not fun–blogworthy in and of itself, but not today) out to a sand bar, with a family friend, and hung out there (super fun).

We went to see Journey to the Center of the Earth…in 3D no less. It was entertaining.  I confess to being more than slightly startled at one point.

We completed a puzzle…1000 pieces!!  “Birds of Your Back Yard” Grandma sent it to us a while back and I thought…Hmm, THAT looks kinda overwhelming!…But I finally pulled a folding table out of the garage, set it up in the living room and decided we would just leave it until that sucker got finished!  Well, it took us probably 2 weeks, but we did it!  Mostly Jacob and me, but it was fun.

We got the kids all registered for school.  Found out who the teachers are, and in Emma’s case have contacted ALL our many friends to see who is in her class.  Turns out that one girl from last year (that we know of) is in there with her.  I’m sure there will be more, but she makes friends easily and I am sure she’ll be fine.

Oh, and we’ve been watching quite a bit of the Olympics.  Tell me, people…was that opening ceremony amazing or what?  I’ve got to give China their props…they have gone above and beyond anything I’ve ever seen before. Amazing.  And any of y’all who saw it too, know exactly what I am talking about.

Here’s a fun tidbit–One of my childhood friends is coming on her annual family vacay to where??  Super South Carolina, that’s right.  We’ve known each other since we were about 9 years old–thanks to our parents who have known each other for many many years.  Our birthdays are within 2 weeks of each other and we usually communicate once a year around that time.  She now lives in Pennsylvania and I haven’t seen her in probably 11 years-ish.  She is one of those people who you just pick up where you left off even if it’s been 11 years since you saw each other.  Where she’ll be is only about 2 hrs from us, so we’re going to head up and hang out.  I know it will be a blast.

And just cause I’m feeling random at this moment–

Some things I’ve come to believe recently:

  • Bactine LIES…it TOTALLY stings.
  • As do band-aids who advertise “no sticking to your owie”. PSHAW!! LIARS.
  • Watching the Olympics is addictive.  Who knew beach volleyball was so fascinating??
  • School should be 3 months of the year and summer should be 9 months.
  • The summer book club my friend Torri and I organized for our daughters and their friends might have been more for us than for them!
  • There are a lot more things in my life that are beyond my control than I thought.
  • Having breakfast for dinner ROCKS.

That’s all folks.


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