It's not the same anymore. I still look forward to you, but it is just different. I use to look forward to the relaxation that you brought, but now that's it's summer Monday through Thursday bring the same relaxation. In fact, Friday, every time you come around now it just reminds me that we are one week closer to the dreaded routine again. Don't feel bad, Friday, it won't be long until I'm counting down to you and those football games you bring to town. In the meantime, I'll just share a few of my Friday Favorites!
This week on the blog...
On Tuesday, I linked up my Shelly and Katy to share my #1 Family Vacation Tip. You guys need to check out a few of those posts if you're planning a trip this summer. There were some genius ideas shared. If you missed my post, you can check it out here, too. It's all about avoiding the "Are we there yet?" questions that we start to hear 15 minutes after we pull out of the driveway.
On Wednesday, I linked up with my blog buddy Johannah for her first ever Recipe Club linkup. I shared the dessert recipe that I am requested to make the most. If I'm being honest, part of the reason I shared it is so maybe these certain people would start making it on their own and I could make it a little less. You know who you are...
On Thursday, I interviewed the first man I ever fell in love with...my Dad! Check out a few words of wisdom from the man who raised yours truly.
On Monday my sweet Kendall left for camp, but not just any camp, GA Camp. GA Camp is a girl's camp through church for girls in grades 1st through 6th. Kendall is going to be a junior, but went to camp as a counselor for our church this week. Kendall has the biggest heart ever. She has two great loves in life; Jesus and helping people. She has sent me a couple of texts this week that brought tears to my eyes. She is so confident in her faith and so loving. I pray that she will continue to grow in her faith and to always put God first in her life. Over the last year or so we have had so many conversations about her "planting seeds" which basically means sharing her faith with others, even if it's just in a simple act. Our pastor wrapped up a series this past Sunday on Difference Makers. He mentioned last week that sometimes we plant seeds that we may never see grow, but they do! Kendall, you are a difference maker!
(I'm biased, but isn't she the cutest?)
With Kendall gone this week, we've just been sitting around sad and lonely. Just Kidding! We have been staying busy!
Did you know June 14th was Flag Day? We did! So we decked out in our favorite patriotic gear. Yes, Jess is wearing my sunglasses because a mama's gotta do what a mama's gotta do to get a decent picture.
Here's your Emilyism for the day (and I apologize to any of my former teachers that might read my blog): for the longest time I thought that Diana Ross made our flag. I remember thinking (at a young, elementary age), "What? She has hit songs, can sing and dance AND sew the American flag? Some people have all the talent!" Turns out it was actually Betsy Ross. Two totally different people. My bad!
We also went to story time at the library on Wednesday. We walked over to the fountain and threw a few coins in and made some wishes. I heard Jess wish for a motorcycle, so that worries me a little...
The most talked about event this week among my kiddos was the snake in the pool. The Country Club that we swim at is literally a "country" club...like in the middle of a pasture...people are bailing hay right next to us...so, it was bound to happen. He returned to the pond after he was strongly discouraged from swimming in the pool. I just hope he stays there. If not, he needs to fork over his annual dues. No one swims for free!
This past Tuesday was one of my favorite days of the month...Bunco! I absolutely love this girl time. We play with twelve people, so it works out that everyone has a month to host Bunco in their home. When you host, you provide the meal and a small prize. We have a standard group of twelve, but if you can't make it, we find a sub. So, for example, this night we had three out, so three subs. It's always fun to catch up with an old friend, or perhaps meet a new friend. Being a mom can get lonely sometimes and you crave conversation with someone that you aren't married to or share DNA with. I am so thankful for this fun group of ladies!
My husband does NOT like being on the blog, but with Father's Day coming up, I have to take this time to tell him thank you for being an amazing Dad. Some of you may have read this post I wrote a while back about Mark diving into parenting Kendall with me when we got married. She was five years old and...well, you know how five year old girls can be. Mark nailed it! He knew exactly how to be her friend...because he's not her parent, yet earn her respect, because he is my husband.
When Jess and Jentry were born Mark literally radiated with pride. His face beamed when he held each of them for the first time. He took four weeks off to be with me after each of their births. The first four weeks of their lives I did not change one single diaper, because he is a hands on dad. This guy embraces fatherhood.
I've said it before, but it's worth repeating: I hope Jess grows up to be just like you, and I hope Kendall and Jentry marry men just like you!
As you celebrate the special men in your life this Father's Day, I urge you to pray for so may that are without their dad this Father's Day. Also, pray for the Father's that are missing their children on this special day. Life is so fragile. Take a few moments this weekend and spend it with the people you love most.
That's all I've got for you today! As always, thank you for taking a little time out of your day to share it with me. I hope you have a blessed weekend!
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