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Wishing for an endless summer…..

August 11, 2010

As I type this, I have 3 kids peacefully sleeping. It makes me sad to think in 8 days my house will be bustling to get out the door to make it to school on time. I love summer, and the carefree schedule we have. This summer has been easy and hard, slow and fast, hot and well hotter, and I hate to see it slipping through my hands. I want to grab that last fleeting moment, hour, minute, second and not let it slip away.

We started the first 5 weeks of summer in Puerto Rico. It was a very different life for me. I had no car, no friends, no dishwasher (hmmm, not sure which is worse). I did have intentional time with my kids, I watched my husband grow, and I learned I could survive without all the “bells and whistles”. Of course, perhaps I was a little swayed, it’s hard to truly suffer while you’re on the beach! We had visitors for a week, Josh’s mom and dad came in. Orion, in typical teenage fashion, blew in and blew out for 2 weeks. We did a lot of amazing things, we relaxed, we just enjoyed a slower life.

The kids and I came home on July 9th, and the marathon began. The 3 kids did 3 different camps, in 3 different states. Josh had to stay in San Juan until August, so I was on my own. Did I survive, yes. Did I do it gracefully, not so sure about that. I definitely miss the slowness of the island, I feel like these last 5 weeks have been like trying to hold water in your hands….impossible.

In this whirlwind of a summer, the 5 of us have only been together 2 weeks. I am ready to have my family whole again. Tomorrow ends 5 weeks of being seperated from Josh. We are being trained on the art of waiting, as we wait to be together, as we wait for our girl in Africa. I am reminded of this verse ” But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:25. That was what this summer is about, hoping for what is to come, but doing it with grace. Who says you only learn lessons in the fall? So, I continue to hold to that verse and try to be as patient as I can. As I wait for the small things, and the big.

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