Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lazy Summer

When I look back at our summer (since it's back to real life for us soon), I realize that it has felt like a really nice, long, lazy summer. We honestly have slept in almost everyday, relaxed thru the day, did exactly what we wanted all day long, took naps, snacked all day, hung out with family and friends, played in the water...I could go on and on. 

And although I felt a nagging stressful feeling about the changes at my job, nothing could have ruined this amazing summer with my family. We even found out that Uncle Caleb and Aunt Mallory are adding to this crazy family - so Gabe & I will get to be an aunt and uncle again and Max & Callie will have a new cousin:) We are so excited and can't wait to find out if the baby will be a girl or boy!

And although I have had so much anxiety over making a move back into the classroom after 8 years of being a Title 1 teacher (small groups or 1-on-1 with struggling students) - I have jumped into getting my classroom ready. The kids and I have been there for days - trying to get everything set-up and organized. Please pray for me as we start school next week - although I LOVE the kids, this move was not my choice and I'm still struggling with it. 
But it is all in God's plan - and I will not and can not let this get me down. How could I be down - with this little miss making me smile every. single. day. (And her brother, too!!)

Monday, July 15, 2013

God's Plans

You know those exciting changes I thought that might be coming for me and my family - well, things fell thru today and it just didn't work out. 

I have been praying for several months for a door of opportunity to open for me...and I thought this was it. But guess what? God's plans are different than my plans. And thank goodness HE is in charge:) Although I had to spend a couple of hours moping around about it, I've decided that is enough. How can I pray for him to show me clearly which way I should go, and then grumble when he closes one door. My dear friend Tanya shared a quote from Joyce Meyer's tonight on Facebook and I thought - there it is. My feelings in one simple sentence:

God, I don't want anything to do with it if 

you're not in it.

If my Savior didn't orchestrate it - then it wasn't right. It wasn't the

perfect opportunity that I thought it was because He has a plan for 

me. And it's so much bigger then the immediate future that I can see. 

So tomorrow I will wake to a new day...I will find the sun as it rises in the morning. I will love on my babies and continue to try and find opportunities that will be what is best for my family. They are worth it - and my God has everything under control. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Soaking it all up...

Tonight we are 

taking deep breaths...

snuggling close to those we love the most...

saying prayers of thanks...

and sitting on the porch to breathe in the smell of summertime. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Camping and other summer activities:)

Summer is in full swing...and our family is in the midst of some major changes. I can't share much now, but I promise that I will lay it all out there as soon as I can. For now I will share what we have been up to lately. 
Last week we went on a mini-vacation with the whole Swartzentruber family to Rough River State Park in Kentucky. Our campers were lined up on the lots, the weather was perfect, and we spent lots of time get closer as an extended family. There was a really nice beach to play on, a cute little playground, and a huge river to take the boat out on. We had a really great time and the kids slept well in the camper- which my dad just purchased and let us borrow. 
Max became a master bike rider while we were there - him and Elisha were going down hills and around curves that made me hold my breath until they stopped:)

 These two always have fun together - love them so much!
 The men did alot of fishing and cleaning of fish - we had a fish fry one night at the camper!
 AunaRay is covering Callie in sand - the girls both loved the beach!
 Great Grandma Swartzentruber even got dirty playing in the sand with Callie!
 We borrowed Nelson's scooter to take a little cruise:) Gabe thought this was just wonderful:)!
 When we got home, we had a spot reserved at Boggs for the 4th of July, so we are camping again! I think everyone is officially camped out!

Here is Callie with her Daddy's carving headphones on - she thought it was so cool that they had a radio on them!
Gabe and I also celebrated our 3 year anniversary on July 4th...I thought it was so funny, that evening we were on the golf cart with Max and he said "It is your anniversary, right?" I said that it was and he said "What are you gonna do?" I laughed as I told him that we were just gonna hang out on the golf cart with him - that was the extent of our celebration:)!