Friday, June 30, 2017

Family Lake Weekend

The last weekend in June we went to the lake with JUST our immediate family of 5 and it was just amazing. After a crazy month going here, there and everywhere all-day, every-day, this is just what we needed.
 Fun, peaceful, family time. 
We are pretty social and our lives are busy but, when we get some time to just steal away and isolate and insulate ourselves from everything, it just brings JOY to my soul. 
We have lots of boat time
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Dylan LOVES to drive the boat with Ben and loves tubing. 
I am the nervous one that tells Ben to keep it slower while my 2 year old is on. 
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Ben and I read books on the dock during rest time and just played cards or talked for hours late into the night. Nighttime "baths" off the dock are our favorite too. July

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Our other dock-sitting companion
 Love my little lap buddy on the dock too :)
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He's pretty fearless at the lake too. Gotta keep a close eye on him :) July

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sports Camps - Triumph and Tennis

We wound down the crazy month of June with our final "camps" of the summer.  
Ty did the Triumph Sports Camp for the second year in a row.  
It is a four-day, indoor, multi-sport Christian camp.  
They learn and play different sports and memorize a scripture verse for the week.  
Ty had a fun crew to do camp with each day.
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While Ty was at Triumph, Kinley took a Tennis Camp through the City of Colleyville.  It was her first experience with tennis but she had fun, enjoyed it and looked cute doing it!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June - Dylan's hand injury, Bass Hall date with Kinley, vet visits and more

Dylan got a pretty bad burn on his fingers one night while I was cooking dinner. 
 It was just one of those moments. 
He was sitting at the bar stool at the island while I was cooking on the stove. 
 I had to transfer something from one pot into another pot and I told him "DO NOT touch this, it is very hot." 
And between the time I picked the pot up, and put it back down he put his fingers right on the burner. Aaaahhhhh! 
We quickly filled a bowl with ice water and that is the only way he could function for a good solid hour and a half. 
 If I took his hand out of the water for 10 seconds, poor baby screamed and was hurt pretty bad.
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 Ben was gone that night but so many people came to my rescue. 
Leslie had a prescription burn cream on hand and Donna was out running errands and swung by Leslie's house to bring it to my house along with ice cream for all my kids. 
I finally convinced Dylan to take his hand out of the water and dry it off so I could put the burn cream on it. 
I didn't really want to cover his fingers up but I also didn't want him to put the burn cream in his mouth and he couldn't stop putting his fingers in his mouth to soothe them, so I had to put bandaids on them. 
Once, I finally got the cream on and bandaids on each finger, Dylan would not let me move from this position. 
I had to hold him, and hold his hand on ice packs for hours until he finally passed out. 
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 I couldn't move to even put my big kids to bed. 
So, Uncle Alex to the rescue! 
I had to call Alex to come put them to bed for me. 
 He comforted them that Dylan would be ok and they went right to bed for Uncle Alex. 
 Seriously, I could NOT do life without my village.
 Not one single day. 
 So incredibly thankful. 
And, if you move within 2 miles (or one street of me) watch out, because I will never let you go. 
You just can't move away from my extremely strong grip. 
 The next day he was doing a little better.
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 Kinley and I had a mommy-daughter night at the Bass Hall to see Matilda. 
It was a show Ben didn't really have interest in seeing and Kinley was begging to go with me to see a show.
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 Eric took AG to the show with him too and we somehow ended up on the exact same row. 
These girls were excited!
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 It was such a fun night with my girl but, my eyes were opened again about just how sweet and sensitive Kinley's heart is during this show. 
 There is one scene in the show, right before intermission, where the headmistress of a boarding school is "punishing" a little boy for stealing a slice of her private stash of chocolate cake. 
 As punishment, she forces him to eat the entire cake and he basically gets sick from it. 
 That scene was just too much for Kinley. 
She hated seeing that little boy tortured by a teacher. 
He was physically ill watching him get sick. 
 Her stomach hurt and she didn't really want to go back in. 
 Fortunately, Lindsey, who had brought Maverick and Maddi, saw us at intermission and recounted to Kinley the second half of the show.  How the boy is ok, the show gets better, there wasn't any more scenes with the mean headmistress and how she gets whats coming to her in the end. 
  I wanted her to go back in and see the 2nd half so she didn't leave with that horrible feeling in her stomach. 
We did go in, and she felt a little better after but she couldn't stop thinking about that scene for days and every time she thought about it, she just felt sick to her stomach. 
Sweet girl has such a precious heart. 
 I feel like she is so big and then something like this happens and I remember, she is only 8. 
 I need to still treat her with loving care and protection for as long as she will let me. 
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We had to take Haley to the vet because her leg was acting up and while we were there the vet tech let all the kids listen to her heartbeat.
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 Playdate with the Nordells in June one day.
Feeding the chickens some treats is always a favorite activity.
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These boys love to build anything
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Took Cannon to the park one day...this swinging smile is TOO much
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Ryder's swim party...these two just sat and had their own pizza date for lunch...oblivious to a party taking place
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kanakuk DayOut 2017

The week after Cayman, Kinley and Ty attended Kanakuk Day Out day camp at our church's Roanoke campus.  
Kanakuk is near and dear to my heart because I was a counselor for Kanakuk in the summer of college.  
I was super excited for both my kids to have their first Kanakuk experience.  
The Harigs and Williams attended this week of Kamp too.  
These kids have been going to summer camps together for many years.  
They know the drill and love going with each other.
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Carpool is always a favorite time of the day. They request songs, play games, and just laugh nonstop. 
Drop off was so fun each day because they had counselors in costume ready to meet and greet the kids with such excitement.
The boys' counselor, Brock.
The girls' counselor, Keely.

Ben and I both went to closing ceremonies at the church to check it out. I was loving what I was hearing about the teaching the kids were receiving each day.  They really drive home the Gospel story and we get emails every day of Kamp called the Daily Kampfire of exactly what they are learning.  

The general storyline was:
Day 1 - He Created it All - Creation, Image Bearer, Harmony
Day 2 - We Lost it All - Sin, Loss, Shame
Day 3 - Jesus Did it All - Jesus Lived, Jesus Died, Jesus Conquered
Day 4 - We Get it All - I am Forgiven, I am Loved, I am Righteous
Day 5 - I'm Third - God First, Others Second, I'm Third

The energy was high and exciting and they had motions for every key word for each day that the kids could recite so that was super cool to see how they were learning and memorizing the Gospel message.

Afterward we went to each kid's tent circle where the counselor's gave them each an award and just affirmed each kid with words and praise and character qualities that described them.
Gotta admit a couple of Ty's descriptions surprised me :) 
It is amazing how this girl pegged Kinley to the tee after knowing her for such a short time.


The BEST part of the week was that after the 3rd day, Kinley's counselor told me that Kinley had prayed to accept Jesus into her heart! 
 It was so exciting and I couldn't even contain myself.  
Kinley told me all about it and the prayer she prayed.  
It's crazy because we have had discussion after discussion with all our kids about Salvation and the Gospel message.   
We have prayed since before they were born that they would accept Christ at an early age.  Something about this Kamp just drove the message home to her.  
She understood and was excited about following Jesus.  
She has since told everyone she sees in her quiet, shy way as soon as she sees them.  She has walked right up to so many and just said "I accepted Jesus into my heart."  She wants everyone to know but she doesn't want a lot of attention.  
It is so precious and I almost cry every time.  
 I am just so thankful for this Kamp this week and all the prayer and time and commitment those counselors gave to my kids and how clearly they communicated the message of Jesus to them. 

We are following up Kinley's profession of faith with more prayer and teaching and learning.  
We are reading and talking about baptism, which she wants to do, but is a little shy and nervous about the attention she might get from it.  
I can't wait to see how God just continues to soften her heart and draw her to Himself and can't wait for the day she decides she is ready to be baptized.  
I am praying that the Holy Spirit inside of her continues to make Scripture known in a deeper way and her relationship with Christ builds from knowledge to fully-devoted follower.  
What a journey she is on and I am BEYOND thankful to be along for the ride.