For most of the past week, we were celebrating the end of summer. Lowell was on an elk hunting trip with several other guys. And if you remember, around here the rest of us tend to have a party while he’s gone! It’s not meant to celebrate Daddy being gone . . . but to make some memories and share time with the kiddos before they go back to school.
So that is exactly what we did.
Our week got kicked off by a big day of school shopping. Little people were really tired this week – especially since we had slumber parties in the living room every night.
We ate lots of homegrown sweet corn!!
One day we wanted to go swimming at a mountain lake. So we borrowed a friend’s kayak – which we were trying to strap onto the top of our Toyota here. That was interesting, to say the least!
I was so incredibly thankful for big boys at this point. They are such a blessing! So you mamas with many littles . . . remember that you, too, will reach this point in your children’s lives. And it is SO much fun!
Big kids are awesome. No sense in beating around the bush. They can wipe their own noses, take themselves to the bathroom, make their own sandwiches, clean toilets, strap littles into car seats, lift heavy objects and open really tight jar lids. Yep. They are awesome indeed.
Except they no longer let you kiss them as readily as the four-year-old with the button nose and soft cheeks . . .
We made it to the lake and had a blast swimming, kayaking, and playing with the inflatable raft.
I remember my mother saying she used to love watching us girls play. I totally get what she meant now.
I love to watch these kids of ours.
When I get old, I want to have as few regrets as possible. I don’t want to find myself constantly saying, “I wish I had. .. or I wish I hadn’t.”
I want to live purposefully each day to love my Lord first and my family second.
Each day is a precious gift – I will never have another one just like it.
Logan and I are the crazy, vivid dreamers at our house. So we got to swap dream stories in the morning!
We found a creek to put our toes in.
And a tennis court to throw a ball around.
I am truly a blessed woman. Not from riches, wealth, or fame. But I am blessed because my King died for me. And He has given me treasures that go way beyond this world . . . my wonderful husband, sweet kids, and so many friends who are precious to me beyond measure.
This has indeed been an awesome summer. And I thank Him for it!