Summer Reflections 2016

Our summer started off just as I hoped.  This year, I actually put a little more effort into being intentional with our time.  Of course, lazy days were on the list, but the girls also did a little light schooling.  I have found that keeping them somewhat engaged in learning helps when it is time for us to return to our full learning load.  But even with June starting off just as I hoped, July had a plan all its own.

As many of you all may know, my dad suffered two traumatic brain injuries.  I am grateful that he is still here to tell about them.  This caused the girls and me to hit the road to my hometown to be with my dad and mom.  This sporadic trip was surely an adventure.  The girls had their first Greyhound bus ride ever, and I had my first in over 25 years.  I didn't know what to expect, but I am glad to report we arrived and returned via Greyhound without a hitch. I learned that riding at night might be the best choice if your trip is longer than 3 or so hours especially if you are traveling with children.  The girls were able to sleep, and for both arrivals we got there just in time to start our day.

The girls munching on snacks as we head west on the midnight bus.

The girls munching on snacks as we head west on the midnight bus.

We stayed for two weeks which was tiring due to the circumstances, but we still found ways to enjoy ourselves.  The girls were able to check out The BFG with their cousin.  We were also able to visit a few friends.  We actually had to bunk with one of my friends and her family because there was a severe thunderstorm which left about 30,000 people without electricity including my cousin who generously allow us to be her roommates for the entire two weeks we were there.

Since we were out when the storm hit, we had to quickly take shelter.  We found it at this authentic Asian restaurant where we ate dinner once the storm passed.

Since we were out when the storm hit, we had to quickly take shelter.  We found it at this authentic Asian restaurant where we ate dinner once the storm passed.

We spent a lot of our time at the hospital.  This turned out to be fine with the girls.  They wanted to see their grandpa each day we were there.  I think we only missed visiting one day because we all needed some rest.  During our hospital visits, they learned more about the medical field and saw quite a few procedures being done.  My youngest was able to ask questions until her heart was content, and my oldest solidified her plans of becoming a nurse after being able to see many nurses in action.

One of our days at the hospital.

One of our days at the hospital.

In the midst of a not so great situation, we still found time to smile and seek joy.  Did you guys know I am on the Chick-Fil-A mom's panel?  Well, we couldn't let Cow Appreciation Day go by without showing our faces.  :)  We got creative with what we had, and joined in on the annual outing.

Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day!

Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day!

When we returned home, we were able to squeeze in a little more summer fun with dad and celebrate the youngest daughter's birthday.  

The summer of 2016 is one that we will most likely not forget.  Although it turned out exactly the way, I thought it would I am happy that the Father was with us every step of the way.  He never left us, and He provided for all the unexpected.  He protected us when we were afraid. He gave us moments of pure joy.

Everything serves a purpose

Everything serves a purpose

The unexpected events of this summer didn't ruin our plans, but instead it gave us the opportunity to live out our faith. 

How was your summer?  Share a few reflections in the comment section.