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Saturday, July 18, 2009

a little slower pace

this morning i feel as if i can begin to relax and enjoy the rest of our summer. my sister left to go back to tulsa and my girls, olivia and rachel, just got back from church camp. they had a great time. i asked them a lot of questions about how it went. the most amazing thing to them was the services in the evening. rachel told me that she loved being part of a large group of teenagers who were taking part in worship and going to the altars asking God to give them the strength to live for Him in the midst of a dark and evil world. it was so good for me to hear that because, in public school, i know they sometimes feel as if they live differently than every other person in the world and that no one else but them wants to be a Christian. being able to see that there are others, their age, that desire the things of God helps them so much. i love it that they are able to experience the touch of God with their peers. i know it will have a long lasting effect on them. God is good!

camp is over now and josiah only has one more week of baseball, then the rest of our summer can be more relaxing and laid back like summers are supposed to be. i am excited to just be with my family and do whatever we want, with no plans. spontaneity sounds really good about now. we have four weeks to enjoy until school starts in august. it feels like we are going down a steep slide. but, i am putting my feet on the sides of it to keep us from going down so quickly. i can't make us stop forever but we can slowly enjoy the remainder of the ride. i want us to enjoy every minute of what we have left at a little slower pace!

24 comments:

Lori said...

I'm so glad your girls had a good experience at camp! I remember well my days in summer camp and the evening services were my favorite as well. It was a very defining time in my walk with the Lord.

I hope you have a very relaxing rest of the summer!

Beth E. said...

School starts very early here...the kids will go back August 6. We have extreme winters, though, so the average number of missed days have to be factored in.

Summer seems to be flying by this year! Both sons will be in college, with one starting college on August 14 and the other returning to college on August 21.

Have a great weekend!

chili pepper said...

Christy Rose,

I can so relate with you here. I was just sharing with someone the other day how much I miss the long summers where we did nothing but swim and read aloud. The older the kids get there seem to be so many interruptions that get in the way of just "BEING". If you know what I mean.

My children don't even do a lot of outside activities but its the orthodontist, one week. The allergy doctor every Wednesday. Haircuts for the boys every third Thursday. coop pickup on alternate Wednesdays. When you put it all together it seems like so few days that we are actually doing what we like best...just being together and recharging our batteries for awhile.

If your daughters would be interested both my teenage girls have just started their blogs and I am sure they would enjoy corresponding with other girls who are trying to live HIS way, as you say. If they would like, let me know and I'll have the girls send you email invites. My husband is very concerned about internet predators so their blogs are by invite only.

Mich said...

Love camp! So glad your girls had a wonderful time!

We are fixing to get busy again, but in a good way. We have our family vacation coming up. I am so ready!

I get the "wanting to relax" feeling. Enjoy!

Kristin said...

I love that....how you said putting your feet on the sides to keep from going so quickly :)

RCUBEs said...

Can't believe July is almost over! Good thing you still have a few weeks to relax with your family. May God guide your daughters to be the "light" in their schools and be able to share what they learned from their camp and from their God-loving parents as well. God bless and have a great weekend sister Christ...y!!!

Loren said...

So glad things are going to slow down for you guys....cherish every minute!

Camp sounds like it was just what they needed and it always is good for them to be with their peers to worship the Lord and learn together!

Blessings to you this weekend!

thankyou for your prayers Christy! I covet everyone of them!

Andrea said...

Sounds like God is giving you some precious "rest" time with your kiddo's.
Blessings and prayers, andrea

PS: urgent prayer request on my blogs for a fellow blogger.

Tea With Tiffany said...

I understand the 4 weeks left feeling. I'm trying to do the same. Enjoy, rest, have fun. And I'm praying much about God's will for my fall season.

Thanks for your friendship.

Enjoy your Sunday!

He & Me + 3 said...

I know..this summer is just flying by. I cannot wait until it slows down so we can enjoy it. LOL
So cool to hear that Rachel was enjoying camp and being in the presence of the Lord. So encouraging as a parent to hear your kids talk about their love for the Lord.

Julie said...

You seem to know the direction you want to go in. Bless you and yours. "Happy Saturday Sharefest"

Miss Charlene said...

Aw, summer definitely goes by so fast! Then the school year starts and we have to wait another year to do the spontaneous things and enjoy the sweet laziness. Well, we can enjoy the sweet laziness after our kids are all done with that stuff! Glad yours enjoyed camp!

Hope said...

Very Good, Christy Rose! Even though you only have 4 weeks, it will be wonderful to have a bit of rest with your family and I pray that you enjoy every ,bit of it!
♥Hope

momstheword said...

I was just telling my husband today that summer was going way to fast. I would be happy if it would slow down a bit too, but it never does!

Hanging out and worshipping with other believing teens is a neat thing, as it does let these kids know that they aren't alone.

Adeye said...

How wonderful your girls had such a great time at camp. Enjoy every day of the next 4 weeks. Why does time have to pass by so quickly????

Thank you so much for your sweet encouragement on my blog--I appreciate it so very much, more than you can know. You're a blessing.

E @ Scottsville said...

Sounds WONDERFUL to get to just slow life down a bit and ENJOY the peace! I'm very jealous. =0)

You enjoy these last four weeks and I hope that time travels a little slower for you. =0)

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

We just returned home from a Colorado vacation, and while it was wonderful, it now seems that there is so little of our summer left! It's been an unusually cool summer here in Iowa, too, so it hasn't really FELT like summer. I hope your final month is blessed!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

This summer has flown by for us. We have 3 weeks to go; like you, I feel as if I have some time to just relax (although part of my relaxing includes getting two boys ready for college). I've really enjoyed this summer with my kids. I haven't always been able to say that.

Blessings to you as you finish out these days.

peace~elaine

Warren Baldwin said...

Summer gets easily crammed with a lot of activities. Even though they are good activities, they still rob time from other important things, like just hanging around together.

Glad your kids got to enjoy camp. All five of us got to be at camp togther this year. What a blessing. Camp changes lives!

Hope the rest of your summer is great for your whole family. wb

Beth in NC said...

I'm so glad your girls are hoome. Enjoy your next 4 weeks of lazy summer days. May God bless this time!

Thank you for visiting me today.

Love!
b

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

I'm glad your girls had a great time at camp! That's encouraging for a mother's heart. I hope you guys are able to enjoy the rest of your summer.

My son is really holding me to only doing 3 days of school a week. It's such a rough life ;)

We are going to be at Disney the exact same time! Can you believe it? We get in on the 23rd and leave on the 27th. I'm so excited! September can't come fast enough. So email me and we'll talk details. Maybe we can work something out. Wouldn't that be great! Oh and yes, we got that deal too. This is our 3rd time to take advantage of it. It's great!

Take care my friend!

Heart2Heart said...

Christy,

It's amazing just how fast time flys!

I know our oldest daughter leaves for high school Bible camp in September and can't wait to hear how it goes. What a great start to her next year in high school before school begins.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Five Moms & A Blog said...

I'm sure glad you have come to accept me despite my craziness!!!

Now go climb a dog or walk a tree. =0)

Erica

Jennifer W. said...

We only have 2 weeks of summer left here-school starts on Aug 5th! We're in full 'get ready for school' mode and I'm SOOOO not ready for it! My Jacob goes to Kindergarten!
Jen