Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Wordless Wednesday: Zipline in Lovely Light

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day 2019

A big Happy Father's Day to the amazing guy we call Dad, who loves us so well, works so hard, and adds adventure to our normal everyday.  We love you so much!

Happy Father's Day to the amazing Grandpas, Great-Grandpas, uncles and other that pour into our kids' lives and have poured into our lives as well. 

Definitely a day worth celebrating on the gravelly road.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Book Review: The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

The book "The Next Right Thing: Simple Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions" by Emily P Freeman  is exactly what it claims to be.  I have never thought through decision making process from a faith-filled perspective in quite the detailed and soulful way as this book walks the reader through.

Each chapter provides something new to consider and ponder, with the author's personal experience and graceful calm tone, ending with questions to consider, a prayer and action to take. The author encourages the reader several ways to make space and time to really listen and then do the next right thing in love.  This book is one to soak up slowly to better let the thoughts ruminate, to help you quiet the fear and chaos that can come from unmade decisions, helping you find clarity and peace.

While this book may seem just for those facing big life decisions or those who find unmade decisions crippling, it can really benefit any reader. Taking the time to really consider your decision making process, creating more space to allow for Spirit-led decisions, learning to really listen to what God is saying in your life, and adding skills to your tool-set will benefit you in future decisions or transitions.

This book is worth the investment of time and thought, filled with so many great nuggets of advice and encouragement, helping readers to move forward to do the next right thing in love.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, and Interviews and Reviews, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Last Day of School 2019

Summer break has officially begun!  Today was the last day of school for our kids.  After all the countless field trips, outside science days, special events and end of year classroom fun, we made it to the end. 

So as tradition dictates, here are their last day of school pics with their first day of school pics.... which reminded us how rainy that first day of school was and the year ended with a big thunderstorm at the end of the school day.
Ike finished a great year of fourth grade, handling big projects and challenges, working hard, making some great new friends, reading so many books and in general having fun.  He is looking forward to a more relaxed schedule, playing baseball, minecraft, and earning some money helping with yardwork this summer (he has some big plans). He is also excited about moving to middle school next year.

Zman finished a great year of second grade this year.  He worked so hard, learned so much, made some great friends and gained confidence.  He is excited for more playtime this summer, being outside, fishing with Dad and giving gymnastics a try.

Peaches is all done with first grade. She worked so hard at school, thriving in the classroom, loving reading, making new friends, and excitement about all things school. The end of her school year was a bit tough with her broken arm from a fall the beginning of May, but she handled it with grace.  Her unique outfit on her last day was because she was participating in the end of year talent show with a few friends.

Because it was Ike's last day in the elementary school (next year middle school), I also had him take  pic with his first day of kindergarten picture. Oh my has he grown!

We are so thankful that they each had wonderful teachers who poured into them all year.  Each kid grew and learned and rose to new challenges.  We are so proud. I can barely believe we'll have a fifth grader, third grader and second grader in the fall. 

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