The hubs and I just got back from the annual youth camping trip to Deep Creek, NC. This year, we spent the week relaxing and enjoying an entire week without rain! We had a lot of fun tubing down the ice-cold creek and ate like kings and queens. We also had a lot of fun photographing some of our Founding Fathers as they joined us on our lovely camping journey.
Some of us enjoyed the food a little too much
Oh you know, just hanging out with TJeff
Our view everything night for our evening sessions
A morning hike up to Clingman's Dome
Deep Creek 2012
Goodbye summer, you have been far too swell for us!
Hey...when did it become July?! I've been unemployed for two months now (woohoo!) and have appreciatively embraced the role of "stay-at-home" without the 'mom' part (unless you count my first born, Baxter). I am learning that patience means "waiting without complaining" (see above photo), and that maybe - just maybe - this time of 'nothing' is really for me to do 'something' with my free time (and a lot of it!). Through many conversations with dear friends, this summer has been affectionately called "the summer of thoughts", where I am left to my own vices and my own times of quiet to calm my heart, tune my heart, and stay open and aware of where God leads me every day.
Sometimes it means I get the opportunity to bless my husband with delicious home-cooked food, or to simply enjoy his presence! We had been separated for three weeks, and now we're reunited (and it feels so good).
Sometimes it means I can paint my nails pastel colors and wear fun, bright-colored shorts just for funsies. Or it means I have time to slowly ease back into the world of academia and crack open those books for my impending doom licensure exam.
How fortunate am I that I have a husband who loves me, a house over our heads, a place to call home, and God who redeems me everyday! What a great lesson to learn during this season of waiting!
*"TrueLife: I am a Lee" backstory: My husband's life has always been filled with times where things consistently don't work out the right way the first, second, or third time. Usually it involves freak accidents, strange periods of circumstantial events that cause delays, forgetfulness, and the disappearance of important documents, conversations, bills, etc. I was warned that I would be inheriting this 'gift' when I married into the family. I wasn't sure if I believed all this pish-posh...until it started happening to me too. I've had to send my transcript four times to the same place because it keeps getting lost/misplaced/printed out wrong. Our debit cards took 4 weeks to get to us when it should have taken 1. Our oven keeps shutting off due to a faulty temperature sensor, and we've already fixed it once. Our fridge needed 'de-icing' and 'de-clogging'...our appliance fixer-man used a hairdryer. What I have learned as a Lee - the Lord has a great sense of humor, and thankfully has given us an appreciation for his humor too! Patience...waiting through life without complaining. Now that's #truelife
What do you do when your husband's off in Kentucky for the week and your in-laws are at the mountains and your family of origin is too many states away and you're left to fend for yourself for America's birthday? You go visit your best friend & brother-in-law in Charleston, SC!
I realize this photo drop is sans-fireworks...we saw fireworks in the car on our way home to take a shower to light our own. After our showers we were too tired and comfortable in our pjs, so we went to bed. #youknowyoureoldwhen