Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer's Eve

Day 0

No, not that Summer's Eve. 

The night before summer begins. 

Today was the last day of school and promotion day for my 5th grader. It's hard to believe I have a middle schooler. I spent several years as a middle school pastor and now I have one of my own. These can be challenging years for kids and extremely formative. I pray so much these days.

I believe God has big plans to use this girl in ways that will amaze us all.

When we left the house this morning, it was relatively clean. Now, there are piles of kid everywhere. I love a clean house, but I love the evidence of my kids imagination. 

Playdates and sleepovers are already in full effect and summer just began (for my kids) at 12:10pm today. My nephews came over to play this afternoon and currently there are three different sleepovers taking place. I love last minute plans and that we live so close to family and our kids are growing up together. These two soon-to-be first graders are at my house. The tent was cute, but it didn't last long. I knew it wouldn't, but it's so much more fun to let them try and have fun and figure it out for themselves.

Our family schedule and my work schedule have been bananas lately. I haven't had any nice stretches of days off the last few weeks (which is what nurses live for). And my days off have been consumed by kid and end of the school year stuff. I'm so ready to not collapse onto the couch at the end of the day with absolutely no energy left. 

Running always makes me feel better, mentally and emotionally. Even when it's hot and my legs feel like lead. The only real bummer about summer for me is I don't get my morning runs after I drop the kids off. Today was a 4:30pm run that was hot and sweaty. I decided to explore a short urban trail that ended a little further from home than I expected--and left me with some big hills to climb on my way home. I don't know how often I'll actually get to my new running trails, so this little jaunt will be a good substitute. 

I saw this image on social media today and it spoke to me. Crazy schedules have meant not enough quality time in the Word and talking to God. I am in need of some soul awakening and filling. 

My family. My everything.