I have been sorely neglecting keeping up with my blog here lately. But, in my defense, I have been swamped the last week or so. Last week, our church, Clearwater Baptist Church, hosted VBS, and I was in charge of the snacks. I look forward to it every year, but boy does it wear me out. I guess it’s a good thing that I forget from year to year how time consuming it is. I will say that this year was the best year yet for me because my children are old enough to really help out with the preparations during the day, and it was so nice to watch them put their all into it knowing that others were going to benefit. We talked, we laughed, and we had a great time working together. I love having times like this that bring us closer together as a family.
If you’ve never heard them, you’re really missing out. They are such spirit-filled, Christ-centered group. They are truly a blessing to my family and me. We love their music. I can’t tell you of a time that I have listened to their music where I did not receive a blessing.
The next item on our agenda: AWANA camp for the girls! We will take Melia & Katie to camp on Saturday & then pick them back up on Friday. They count down the days each year from the time they leave till the time they return. They have so much fun there & have many friends that they only see once a year. But, they also look forward to the spiritual growth that they receive while there. My prayer is that God will use this time to really grow them in His word and daily life. I know I always receive a blessing out of all that they tell me when they come home.
I will have to say (and I am ashamed to admit this) that I have been neglecting my personal time with my Savior lately. I have allowed just my daily life & just little things in general to get in my way of spending time in His word & in prayer like I should. I have been making a conscious effort this week to slowly make this a part of my daily routine once again. I know I have a serve a loving and forgiving God, and I am so thankful that He takes the time to lovingly remind me when I am neglecting the things that should matter most.
As for the rest of our summer, who knows what all we’ll do. I know our garden has done very poorly. We got it planted in time, but then it poured for several weeks, then the tractor tore up, then a late frost….. Well, you get the point. I will take whatever comes up & count it as one of my many blessings God has given me. He knows what I (we) can handle.
We are also gearing up for our next year of homeschooling & we’re all super excited about it! I’ve got a great review coming up on a product from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine that I know you’ll want to see, so stay tuned!
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Part of the reason that I ended up not posting for a while was vehicle trouble. Well, we’ve now come to round 2. I can’t say that I’m very happy about it either. We got the van back yesterday and Brian decided to drive it to work this morning to “test it out” and, as long as everything worked like it should, he would begin driving it back and forth to work to help save money on gas.
Well, he tried. He got about 20 minutes from the house before it started acting up and it died. It took him several tries before he was finally able to get the van back to a safe place, a church parking lot, where I met him. We managed to get in touch with our mechanic and he brought his truck and trailer to pick up the van. This time, we think that it is an electrical problem. I’m not sure that I’m any happier knowing that it is a different problem than a blown head gasket but, at the same time, I trust our mechanic and know that he had know idea that this would happen.
I know that God is allowing this to happen for a reason. Now, we just have to pray for his guidance in what to do next. I know that He already has everything all planned out. All we have to do is trust and follow his guidance.