Monday, August 6, 2012

State of Our House Address: July in review

July was full of challenges, prayer and relaxation. It was just what we needed to keep our focus back where it should be: on our little family.

We spent what seemed like a good part of the month traveling. We traveled to pick up a side of beef and many chickens for our freezer. We traveled to multiple towns to visit family and friends. We traveled up state for a mid-week vacation that was much needed.

And of course, no vacation would be complete without some good food! We had homemade fries and steak pizza at this great restaurant downtown. It was so good!

Our tomato plants grew bigger than we had ever imagined, and two tomatoes finally started turning red! They are a bit cracked at the top, though, and some leaves on the plants are yellow. It's our first year gardening, so we're being patient with it and learning as we go.

We visited my parents early in the month and had a seriously good time. I don't think I have ever laughed harder in my life - we played pool games all day long. I think in total, Jason and I each spent seven hours in the pool! I got a little crispy, but it was well worth it. Here's a pic of Uncle Jason telling the little ones what's up {he's really good at the tough love bit} and my dad, brother and his girlfriend engaging in a water fight that had basically been going on all day.

Jason has been volunteering at our local library for a few months now. He loves giving back to the community... but when the librarian offered him a paid position, he couldn't say no - love for the community or not! It's been a little crazy with him working two jobs, but I've never seen him happier. I love hearing about his time at the library.

Life has been busy, but it's been really, really good. It takes a lot of sacrifice and work to live our loves according to what we believe is right, but at the end of the day, when we're in bed and drifting off to sleep, we feel really good about what's going on in our lives.

We pray you all had a happy July and we're praying August is filled with adventure and love for all of us!

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