Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I've been missing my blog.  Although my mind races with thoughts, I have not been able to pause and get a single one down.  I've been second guessing myself and my ability to get my thoughts across.  I want to be upbeat about life and encouraging about all circumstances.  Sometimes, I'm just not feeling it.  Truth be told, sometimes I'm just trying to survive.  Not necessarily because something terrible is currently going on, but because I fall victim to the little voice in my head that tells me I have nothing to offer.  It's true my education is limited; my work experience is modest, but I have lived.  I have many life experiences under my belt.  Right now, past experiences are warning me that life is about to get real.  My daughter's going to be a junior.  My oldest son will be a freshman.  My youngest son is starting middle school and my daughters are entering the 2nd grade.  Our relaxing and carefree summer is about to end and in it's place will be early mornings, full schedules, and tired children.  I'm thankful for the time we've had together.  Although we've still been busy doing things, it seems as though things slowed down just enough for us to appreciate the little things.  Mike and I have taken several trips together.  We are being very intentional with our relationship.  Things have changed and for that I am thankful.  My boys have played basketball, run track, gone to camps.  My oldest has worked, gone to camp, and started studying for her 4 upcoming AP classes.  My littles have gone to their first camps also...gymnastics and winshape.  Their little personalities are showing themselves a little more every day (that can be both good and bad).  I think the most important lesson I will take from this summer is...to be intentional.  Things in life don't just happen; schedules don't just open up and time just doesn't magically appear.  We have to put in some type of effort to make things happen...good or bad.  Personally, I'm striving for the good.

  
Jekyll Island

Lord Huron Concert in Athens, GA
 

 New Hampshire

Pool Time at Jekyll
  
Folly Beach in South Carolina

  
   
Gam time in South Carolina

Guy time at Jekyll Island

The tooth fairy came to visit Miss Kaitlyn

 
 This shirt...it's a real possibility.    
 
Christian at Mercer Basketball Camp
 

Ethan, just doing his thing.
 

All in all, it's been a great summer.

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