Our Summer in Review

I have made the commitment to blog at least once a week until the end of September.  I do like Facebook, but it seems that the relationship aspect is lost.  Over the years, I have made many, many new friends from blogging, and have even met several in person.   Blogging can be a two way relationship, not just a “this is what’s on my mind, BYE” jump in and jump out discussion.

Does anyone else feel this way?

Okay, so the title of this post is Our Summer in Review, I suppose I should be sharing our summer activities…

By contrast to other summers, this summer was extremely busy. It seems that we hit the ground running on May 1st and didn’t stop until 2 weeks ago.

We worked the Bott Radio booth at the Mushroom Festival in Richmond, MO as usual.  And then the planning for the Above Rubies Family Camp really got in to full swing.  The camp was a great success.  Colin and Nancy are dolls and gave great encouragement to those that attended.  It is our prayer that lifelong friendships were made that weekend.

My Dad came in town the Wednesday and starting putting in a 2nd bath for us… WOW it is SO nice to have 2 bathrooms!  The walls still need to have mud and paint, but it is fully functional.

The weekend after the AR Family Camp, we hosted about 40 people at our home for our annual 4th of July Celebration and BBQ. This year, we did things a little different because the 4th fell on Sunday.  We had a 1700’s church service… well as close as possible in the 21st century lol!  We recited the Apostle’s Creed, sung hymns that were written before that time period, had communion together and Shane read Jonathan Edwards sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

The smoked ribs/chicken/etc. corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad and everything else was fantastic.  The presentations were wonderful, the fireworks and water guns/balloons were fun!  It was a great day.

The month of July was busy…with life.

August has brought a breath of fresh air.  God blessed us with a week at Horn Creek Conference Center It is nestled in the Sangre de Christo mountain range south of Colorado Springs.   The weather was fantastic… the fellowship encouraging, the activities fun.  Exactly what we needed in a vacation for this year.  No racing here and there, just relaxation, fellowship and time with God.  The older 3 and Shane hiked the Horn Peak (14,000 ft.).  None made it quite to the top, but all made it to the tree line.  Bubba made it to the false peak, and Princess could have made it, but got tired of climbing.

The boys and I tried the Alpine Swing… WOWZERS!  That first drop was a doozy, but after that…FUN!

There were water slides and swimming, and a hot tub.  A square dance, that sweet checks just LOVED.  I found her some pink “cowgirl” boots in CO Springs Saturday, and let me tell you, those boots were made for dancin…  we all had great fun.

We also had the opportunity to meet some great people, many that live in the KS/MO area.  We also had the opportunity to hear one of our favorite Christian singers/songwriters… Nathan Clark George.   Please check out his great music!  They are a fellow homeschool family and have travelled around the country for a few years doing concerts.  They will be in California in early September, if you want to hear him, or your church is interested in hosting a concert, please contact them via their website.

Tony Felich, Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian lead the devotionals for the week.  What a priviledge to get to know him and his great family!   And his wife plays a mean “Matball” … those Pastor’s wives lol!

We’ve had extremely hot, hot temps here, but yesterday brought almost Colorado like weather…a wonderful change from the heat and humidity that would hardly allow breathing.

God is a great God!  The only wise God and is great to be praised!  Praise be the name of the Lord!

Have a great week!