Friday, July 11, 2014
I am counting down the hours until I get to drive to pick you up from your first week away at camp and let me be honest, I am missing you like crazy! I have to tell you, your couple days before leaving for camp weren't your best days. I'd like to think you were suffering from the post-vacation, post-July 4th sleepies. Or maybe you were dealing with a mix of emotions about if you were nervous, excited, anxious, or all of the above about going to camp for 5 nights. But regardless the cause, you weren't in the loveliest of moods. We dropped you off and when we got back in the car we said, "Well, I hope she has a great time, learns lots about Jesus' love, and that she will come home appreciating us a little more....."
1. Before I accepted Jesus into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior, I knew I was a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a student.
2. I learned that I was something even more great than that- I was a child of God, a daughter of the most high King, and part of His plan.
3. I knew that I wasn't perfect- sometimes I was mean, grouchy, and unkind. I knew that God sent his only son, Jesus, to die on the cross for me. I wanted to accept Him as my savior. I wanted to let him offer me grace and forgiveness for my mistakes. I wanted the promise of heaven.
4. As I have become an adult I am still learning about just how great His promise is to me. The most important decision I ever made and the most important decision you will ever make is this one- accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
This year we went back to Sea Grove, Florida and the beach redeemed itself after a very rainy vacation in 2013. Everyone was there and we soaked up every last minute of family time. We lived at the beach.....in the sand and in the ocean. Thankfully Graham and Joss have been formally initiated into the family sharing our great love of beach time! Seriously, we couldn't have had a better week and now I am just screaming, "Take me back!!"
By the end of the week we were all sharing Joss' exhaustion with the- we could fall asleep anywhere mentality- but at the same time we felt well rested, well loved, well fed, and were just overflowing with gratitude for the time we had together at the beach. See you next year, Florida!