I don't know why, but it seems like my life has been on warp speed for about 10 months or so. I don't know if it was adding a 3rd child to the mix, or if I am just too busy with other things. There has been so much going on in our lives since I last posted, and that I am not sure I can update on everything in this one post.
I will let this post be about our summer, and then I will "try" to update on a more regular basis.
I can't believe that we are already 6 weeks into the new school year. It seems our summer FLEW by. However, this summer, the children and I went to the beach with my family. Boy, was that a dream come true. When we were growing up, a summer beach trip happened pretty much every summer, we would head down to Myrtle Beach, SC around the first of June. There were 3 family birthdays during that first week of June, and inevitably, one of us would celebrate our birthday down there. Anyway....I digress...I have ALWAYS dreamed about going to the beach with my parents and sisters. This week was SO much fun! I wish I would have taken a picture of Silas and Timmy's face when they saw the ocean. It was the first time for Silas, but the first time that Timmy would remember. They were afraid to go in the ocean at first, but then once they realized that the waves went back out, they LOVED it! I loved watching the boys "jumping" the little waves at the shore. It was a very interesting trip having a 5 month old at the beach, and my mom's back was out, so she stayed under the umbrella holding Emma most of the time, but my sisters and I definitely made memories and reminisced while jumping the waves like we did as kids. By far, the one thing I will remember the most is Silas jumping in the pool. Well, it was more like belly flopping, but what was so surprising is that he was fearless. We had to make sure we were standing there because he would just jump/flop without us being ready. I loved hearing him say, "Moove, Moove, Moove", while he used his little arm with the huge floaties to show us where he wanted us to move. He really only wanted us to move back so that he could jump/flop into the water instead of in our arms. Whoever was the lucky one to be the recipient of "Silas' jumping" had to be ready to be exhausted by the end. As soon as he came up from under the water, he was saying, "Gin...Gin". It was a great memory, and we have pictures to prove it.
The 2nd big trip we took was back home to Texas, Even though NC will always be "home" for me since I grew up there, Ed and I feel like Texas is truly where we feel our roots are at. When we got married, we established our home there, and Texas will always be where we belong. We are currently waiting on God's opening the doors for us to move back. We feel a peace that Texas is where HE wants us, we are just waiting on HIS timing. (This topic deserves it's own post...will work on that one next) Anyway, Ed and I drove with the kids, down to Texas the 3rd week in July. Ed and Timmy were in Clayton and Blair Hodges' wedding, so we decided to make a week trip out of it, and make our rounds to visit our friends and family. We REALLY enjoyed our time in Texas. The trip was pretty long though, many, many hours in the van, but overall the kids did wonderful! We tried to do most of our driving at night so that the kids would sleep for us. They did great! I will wait until my TEXAS post to give more details of this trip because God did so much for us while we were there.
I am glad that I decided to post tonight. It really is very therapeutic to journal/blog. I hope to be able to continue to do this more.
Until next time....