Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Summer of 2012

Summer flew by way too quickly. I don't want to be one of those people who is always living in the past--wishing for something that once was. But I also don't want to take things for granted--skipping over them as if they are everyday occurances and will happen, well, everyday.

As my girls get older, time seems to fly by so much quicker. School years pass in a blur and the angst over which teacher they'll have seems to happen more frequently than once a year. Summer gets shorter and it seems like forever since that fun family vacation.

So, for the purpose of celebrating all the fun we had this summer and not mourning that it is over (even if I really am just a teensy-tiny bit), here's what we did during the summer of '12:

I had the opportunity to lead a mission trip and God stretched me in a big way. It was a great wake-up call for me--not to be scared of the future for my girls, but to be intentional with them while I still have influence. God also reminded me of how He chips away at the layers of paint to create something new in us.

Hope got her ears pierced (and immediately bought big feather earrings as soon as she could)!

The girls got a last minute spot at Fine Arts Day Camp at our church and had a great time with school friends who came for the 1st time.

There was lots of jumping on the trampoline with the water hose (You might be a readneck if…).

After a little bit of drama and much fear, Hope tried out and signed a contract for her first official Select soccer team--which qualified for Division 1.  Go FC Dallas 02 Blue!

We celebrated the 4th of July with sparklers and friends!

And made our annual flag cookie cakes a few weeks later because I wasn’t organized enough to do it on the actual date.

We did a lot of sleeping in.

And hanging out with lifegroup friends.

And soccer friends.

And volleyball friends.

And took a trip to the lake with family.

And the girls got to experience Pine Cove Base Camp. I’m still in awe as I look back on that week and am so thankful my girls got to be a part of it. Pine Cove holds a special place in my heart and it’s fun to see that transferred down to them now.

And we went on vacation. To Florida. To the most beautiful beach ever. And I still grieve the fact that I don’t have this view everyday:

sniff sniff

Caroline got her hair cut.

And, the very last day, we snuck away to the pool for one last hurrah.

And it was good.

Summer 2012 will go down as one of my favorites EVER! I pray that family memories will go deep and that my girls will look back on it as fondly as I do.