Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Glory, Summer Fade

Summer Glory, Summer Fade 
Like life, summer peaks in glory.
That mid-life time of all is right,
All is beautiful, all is oblivious of what is to come.
Like the daisy present, shadows reveal the daisy fade.
Grasp the joy in the flower,
For tomorrow brings that slow summer decline,
Stealing away the very life once glory shone.
We too peak and fade, from life to death.
Shine when God gives you bloom,
For tomorrow is a day unknown.
Summery glory, summer fade.
copyright VGBelknap 

Friday, August 15, 2014

First Day of School 2014 - 2015

It happened....First day of School.  For one - it is his first day of his last year!

But this scares me the most....
Maybe it is the eyes closed - hope he doesn't drive that way!  Praying for safety this school year as this combined College/Senior puts on the miles for school and his YMCA Lifeguarding job too!  Proud of all my kiddos and love them greatly - praying they all have a great school year!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Surviving Strife

Strife – infighting, disharmony, conflict, friction.  While our summer is going very well, we have come through some tough times again.  Things too painful to mention here, but know we have survived, are surviving and growing in the way God continues to challenge us through parenting.  School being out has been WONDERFUL for the most part.  Ease of schedules, lazy summer days mixed with activities for all.  Vacations came and went, of which one was family in Canada and again our glorious Family Camp in Colorado.
I took this picture of the tree stump that grew with/through/around some rocks/stones.  When I saw this, it reminded me of this past year.  While the rocks/stones continue to exist in our lives, we’ve learned to “deal” with them, grow around and over them.  Acknowledging they won’t completely go away, but we can still survive and learn from those things that have been a challenge.

As we reflect back over, we see how far we have come and use that to remind us we can make it.  I’m nervous about school starting again.  I’m nervous about the stress it puts on the kids, but yet the structure and education is good – the trade off is dealing with anxiety that sets in more so for some than others.  If they hold it together at school…..can they hold it together at home.  So….I’ll try not to be a worry wart….remind myself these rocks and stones will always exist and through God’s strength and the faith we hold in Jesus we will make it. 

Meanwhile, we enjoy these lasting summer moments as we shift gears and move ahead.  I love the time I’ve had with each of the kids one-on-one and together….seasons of life, school here we come!

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.  Proverbs 17:1

 Give me the crust of life....

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