I’ve been “unplugged” for several weeks, on vacation in the mountains.
That, in and of itself, is one big blessing for the month of June!
Here are lots more:
135 – a wonderful spontaneous afternoon at the pool with friends
136 – not getting sunburned at the pool!
137 – boys learning responsibility by dog-sitting
138 – going to the gym with The Best Man
139 – a wonderful birthday: lunch out, and dinner I didn’t cook 🙂
140 – my boys running with me tonight
141 – Michael running side-by-side with me saying, “Now I’m running with the pros.” 🙂
142 – beautiful birthday flowers
143 – a great 5th grade graduation into middle school at church for Michael
144 – my parents having a blast on their 50th anniversary cruise to Alaska!
145 – that my parents are able to have lunch with one of my childhood friends & her husband who are now a missionaries in Alaska
146 – turning off the sprinklers and letting God water the grass!
147 – buying milk with an expiration date that’s after we leave for vacation!
148 – Michael’s self confidence and humor really starting to develop
149 – free admission to Flagler Museum
150 – watching David’s delight at all the “cool” things at Flagler
151 – an amazing orthodontist who fit 2 appointments into 1 (since I had a ditzy moment and totally skipped the 1st one!) so that we’re on track for David to get the first part of his orthodontics before we leave
152 – crazy beautiful weather!! Breezes and no humidity – in the middle of June in South Florida! unbelievable!!
153 – a precious lunch together with friends and an unexpected blessing when the bill came
154 – birthday dinner at a new place with my running buddies
155 – an ipod fixed – right before vacation!
156 – a red-winged blackbird flying right at me – eye-level. It’s my favorite bird! 🙂
157 – David’s comment: “Did you see that lightning and how bright it was? Just think about how bright God is!”
158 – wonderful small group ladies and the chance to have dinner together to celebrate a 50th birthday!
159 – 2 more journal orders! Not from Australia, just good ole’ USA 🙂
160 – safety as we traveled 2,000ish miles
161 – running barefoot in the grass
162 – catching fireflies
163 – boys catching fish
166 – the van window broke in Bedford, not on the road, which meant it got fixed cheaper and quicker and didn’t cost us time. And now I don’t have to open the door at the drive-through! 🙂
168 – Having time with extended family
170 – Honey being able to teach Michael about forgiveness
171 – A Heritage of Marriage! My dad’s parents celebrated 50+ years. My mom’s parents celebrated 52 years before Granddaddy died – and all of those 52 years weren’t so pleasant from what I understand. Auntie & Uncle Randy (Mom’s sister) and Aunt Sandy & Uncle Dan (Dad’s sister) celebrated 50 years and are still counting. Tim’s parents celebrated 50 years and are still counting. How we appreciate these amazing examples to follow!
172 – Family Reunion & Celebrating Mom & Dad’s 50th Anniversary!!
173 – Moving all the picnic stuff up from the lake to under the tent before the rain poured down!
174 – That the tent was set up so we could all eat under that. We had a house-full!
175 – Dad grilling burgers in the pouring rain – but we all pitched in and shuttled them from the deck to under the tent & had a great memory with lots of laughs
176 – Flexibility and relaxed atmosphere despite lots of people and lots to do!! 🙂
177 – Everyone working together as a team
178 – Family that encourages each other spiritually. What great conversations we had!!
179 – a fun trip to WalMart with Auntie, Mom, Dad, and ME
180 – Running the lake loop with my boys
181 – Walking the lake loop with my man and having great conversation
182 – Running a 4 mile loop with Di
183 – Weather that was beyond beautiful – it was perfection! (at the beginning. We did get heat later)
184 – Seeing a spider catch a dragonfly in its web
185 – Bluebirds – not blue jays, but Eastern Bluebirds. I’ve never seen them before Mom & Dad moved to VA. Gorgeous!! And one of Honey’s favorite birds. 🙂
186 – 2 birds nesting – one had little babies in it!
187 – Listening to a red-winged blackbird and all the other bird calls.
188 – The body of Christ. Being able to fellowship at different churches with brothers and sisters in Christ. And hearing great messages also.
189 – Hearing what each of the boys got out of the Sunday sermon when the entire extended family worshiped together.
190 – Boys having such fun with cousins!
191 – 4 journals sold in 48 hours! (And another one ordered right before we left!!)
192 – Safety in the nasty storm that hit the northeast! Only leaves in Mom & Dad’s yard, and we only lost power for several hours Friday night into early Saturday morning. Their neighbors lost 3 trees!
193 – Boys having God moments – more on that later!
194 – Seeing fireflies sparkling in the trees one night as I looked outside late at night. No picture does it justice! Just God’s firework show that I got to witness!
195 – Listening to thunder rumble and echo in the mountains!
196 – Laughing until I cried at Matt & Tim “rowing” the boat across the lake with their hands! They set out, only to find the boat was missing the plug and they were taking on water. Luckily, since they only had their hands as paddles, they weren’t too far from shore. So they turned around, stuffed the hole with leaves, and set out again. They made it safely to shore.
197 – Roasting marshmallows and chatting around the fire.
198 – Setting off Japanese lanterns
199 – Climbing a mountain as a family – and the lessons I learned. More about that later, too! 🙂
200 – A wonderful open house to honor my parents!
201 – College BFFs who came to the open house – and then helped clean up after!
202 – Laughing and sharing old memories with friends and family
203 – Being able to connect a friend in my parents’ church with a friend from FL who will be moving to VA at the end of July. The gals have connected – they both homeschool and both have 5 kids! (almost…Mandie will soon! :-)) What a treat!
204 – The kids doing a great job at the Open House – greeting people and giving instructions. We didn’t see them much, just heard the guests say what a wonderful job they did! I was so proud of all 6 of them!!
205 – The kids doing a skit with “props” BB & Grandmommy gave them in a brown bag. They were given things like funny glasses, clown noses, beads, fireman’s hat, crocodile mask, pink hair, etc. They had to come up with a skit using those props for the extended family! They did a great job! David said, “Don’t let any one who doesn’t know me take any pictures!” 🙂
206 – A husband who took fabulous pictures throughout the Open House and the entire celebration weekend!! He took most of the pictures in this post. Yea Tim! 🙂
207 – Tim & Matt praying a prayer of blessing over and thanking God for Mom & Dad
208 – finding shoes on sale. No, all of these aren’t ours! Just a shot to show a full house of 5 boys and a girl. 🙂
- Matt & Tim were able to sneak back home without Dad knowing (that’s a minor miracle!)
- Mom & Dad only live about 5 minutes from their church
- Mom had just opened a few HUGE cans of baked beans, so the guys had great tin cans! 🙂
- Balloons lasted throughout the Open House and could be used for the car
- The fun (& LOUD!) loop Mom & Dad took around the church parking lot
214 – a rich month that filled the memory banks to the brim!! My heart overflows. Glory to God for His daily blessings!!