I just dropped the oldest girl off at the church for a week at camp. I wish these camps had been available when the girls were five. Or even eight. Because that’s when I needed them to go somewhere else for a week in the summer. Now I’m just sad when they leave. It’s the cruel irony of parenting.
Meanwhile, the other four are here, building Minecraft villages and swimming and I’m successfully procrastinating every responsible thing I should be doing (like laundry, or selling old school books, or planning my parents’ fiftieth anniversary party) by sitting on the deck and blogging because I have zero ambition this summer and fall is going to hit me like a ton of bricks when reality returns and I realize I accomplished absolutely nothing. haha
^ Me…..this summer
So, looking back and catching up, May opened up with a few days on the beach with Matt, who has now been dubbed “The Rainmaker” because everywhere he goes, it rains. Needless to say, our hope for sunshiney beach days turned into cloudy, windy beach days, while everyone back home enjoyed one of the warmest weeks we’d seen yet this year. And then we came home. And the rains followed. We’re thinking of having Matt go out to California to test our theory, because we’ve all had plenty of rain here.
Rain notwithstanding, we ended up having a good time away. We connected on some things and got to enjoy a little bit of sun. And, of course, that water. One bonus of minimal sun was no sunburns. Haha.
We came home and powered through the end of the school year. The girls finished up **around** May 8 (some a little earlier, some a little later). I wrapped up my first semester back in school as well. We finished up the soccer season with a weekend of tournaments for four of the five girls. We also had Ellie’s ballet recital and graduations and parties to attend. The girls and I spent the end of May deep cleaning the house and Matt put them to work outside.
I started journaling again in May, like with paper and pen. I’ve gone through many seasons of journaling and for a long time this blog replaced that, but I’m realizing now it shouldn’t have. There are so many little details of life that it would be good to write down, but get missed when you only blog once a month or every few weeks. I know why I stopped – it takes time to write every day. And when I go several days without writing I start to feel like a failure (I clearly have too high of expectations for myself). But it’s been somewhat cathartic and healing. And because not everything belongs on the World Wide Webs, it’s given me a place to put those things again.
spelled right and with multiple smilies….Happy Coffee
And listing the Endless Gifts + Photos (in no particular order again)….
3185. warm air and open windows
3186. a text, reaching out
because I didn’t realize I was going to need a blanket for two days on the beach, so a towel had to suffice
3187. potentially painful meetings that go well
our first to get braces
3188. redemption being written
3189. a marriage worth fighting for
3190. nutrition class aced
3191. slower pace settling in for a while
3192. pan-fried tacos and Cafe Holliday
Ellie and her sweet ballet instructor, Miss Linda
3193. watching Amania delight in playing soccer and even score a goal
3194. enjoying exercise and running again
3195. imperfect Mother’s Day and perfect grace
3196. last class and the end of the semester
3197. the opportunity to go back to school
3198. an unexpected friendship beginning?
3199. cheerful, productive children
3200. a clean kitchen
3201. time to write and gather thoughts
3202. laughter and groceries with my Emma
green roses from Kansas City City Market
3203. enchilada dinner prepared by Grace
3204. a “long” run
what happens when you’re eating lunch while your flight is taking off
3205. life-giving words from my husband
3206. a God big enough to handle my doubt
3207. sunshiney days
3208. pink sunsets
3209. hard, but needed words
3210. time to write and remember
3211. a sweet new ride and getting home safely
3212. a sweet police officer who let me off with grace and a warning
3213. sweet girls who work hard while I’m gone to bless me with a clean house
3214. sunshine & garage sales
3215. Ellie’s ballet recital – seeing grace, beauty, confidence
3216. sharing my story & a post that goes wild
Coco enjoying the warmer weather
3217. feeling raw and exposed and putting up walls again
3218. sitting in the dark
3219. sunshine and warmth
one of two does on my morning run
3220. open windows and fans blowing
3221. flowers in pots
3222. dinners on the deck
3223. family-friendly feel-good movies
3224. quiet happy Sundays
That’s it for our May. Wishing you a wonderful week friends. One that’s as productive (or un-productive) as you need it to be.
For His Glory ~