Prior to going back we sent Carly off to her very first camp- it was a 5 day church camp and the longest she had ever been away from home. She was very nervous but excited to spend a week with friends and without parents and siblings.
I knew we would miss her but I missed her far more then I expected. Her time there at camp was priceless though as she made the decision to accept Christ while she was there. I had seen an update on the church's Facebook site saying a child had made a decision but I had no idea that child was mine. I was so humbled by all those who prayed for her while she was at camp. I know she doesn't know it fully yet but this was a defining moment in her life, the defining moment in her life. She can't wait to go back next year and I can't wait to send her. I'm even considering going with our church. Yep, I'm pretty sure I've lost my mind. As usual, God knew what he was doing and I am so thankful all things worked out where she cold go. The first night she was gone I was bathing the 2 little kids and heard Kenneth calling for me from our bathroom. I assumed he had forgotten to get a new bar of soap or blade for his razor or something. I waltzed in there to find him laying naked in the floor and saying "honey, I'm hurt bad." As much as I hated to I had to tell him to lay there and hold on while I ran and got the 2 littles out of the bathtub. I hurried them out and went back to him. He was pale as a ghost and unable to really move. Apparently he was getting out of the shower and tripped over the cat and then slipped on the tile and tried to break his fall and ended up dislocating his shoulder. I considered calling 911 to come get him because he looked so bad but then I thought about his coworkers showing up and him being naked in the floor and I decided against it. Somehow together we got him up and dried off and semi dressed. My friend Julie came to watch the littles as we headed off to the ER. As much as I HATED to use the little local ER I knew he would never make the ride to Denton. So we went local and they tried multiple times and could not get the shoulder back in place. He ended up transported by ambulance to Denton where he got more meds and they were able to put it back in place. He is in this horrendous looking contraption for 6 weeks and hopefully it will heal. If not he will be looking at surgery but we are believing it will heal perfectly. He goes back to work Monday on light duty and I hope all goes well. It has been about 3 weeks since it happened and he has already made great progress.
This little kid will be staying home a few more years and I'm thankful I don't have stressful decisions to make about him right now. He's a mess but he keeps us laughing. He has moved to his big boy bed this last week and I am so proud of how well he has done.
I started a new job a few weeks ago. I am now a hospice nurse. I am loving it so far. My home health job was just too busy and they kept demanding more and more of my time, time I did not have to give. God placed this hospice opportunity before me and it was clearly exactly what I needed and had been looking for.
My sister and her kids came to visit this summer. They have lived in Georgia for years and are about as southern as you get...until now. They have had to make a move to Long Island for my brother in law to complete a plastic surgery fellowship. It is a huge opportunity but one that has been hard for them as they are readjusting to life as they know it. I was so glad to see them be ease I'm not sure we will ever be able to visit them there. Financially it just probably isn't feasible. These are all of our kids with our parents.
The kids got to play a day at Great Wolf and then another day just playing in the water at our house. As long as they were together they didn't care where. I hate that life has placed these cousins so far away from each other but I know miles cannot separate love.
It has been a busy summer with lots of twists and turns but at the end of it I know one thing is for sure.
I am so thankful for the promise that is forever.