Hi Friends! I accidentally disappeared all summer. I was totally out of gas when June came and it turns out that was just the beginning of the crazy, beautiful, messy, busy summer we had in store.
I’m going to give you the highlights, but also, I missed you. I missed this space. Maybe blogging is over, but I’m not over blogging. Other, more urgent things, but far less fulfilling things always seem to crowd out my writing time. So I have a quick favor to ask, would you be my accountability group?
My goal is to write
We took a deep breath and then I packed the end of that week to get on a plane with some wonderful women to head for Jinja, Uganda. If you don’t know, my sons were adopted from Jinja so it feels both like home and incredibly tender. We went to stay at Sole Hope and see what they were doing and participate some. It was amazing.
The trip ended up being a blast, we laughed until we cried. We grieved the broken, and celebrated the beautiful.
We landed home on a Saturday night and five days later we loaded up the car the head for the hills. I knew it would be a fast turn around, but with me being gone some much in Uganda, and for camp we really wanted to make sure and keep our family summer traditions strong.
As always, the mountains and time with my babies there was completely refreshing!
And less than five days after we got home from the our trip West? We headed East for our annual Independence Day trip to my dad’s in Oklahoma. It’s lots of splashing in the water, exploring the hollows, and watching my dad and my husband basically be the same person.
One day home from that trip and Russ and I were packing up for youth church camp. (See what I mean by crazy?)
Then we finally settled in to just summer for a minute. It involved a whole bunch of laying around reading, eating on the porch, weeding the garden and hanging at the pool. Two important developments: I learned to use the grill and Jane learned to dive!
Then we surprised the kids with a trip to Florida. Actually, we just didn’t want to have to answer 7,852 questions about how long until we leave. So we didn’t tell them until we were about to catch the flight out of Dallas.
We ended up being at the beach for Alex’s birthday. We are always on vacation for Alex’s birthday and it’s safe to say he isn’t made about it!