Sunday, October 8, 2017


We were able to steal away for another wonderful weekend camping at Jim Hogg State Park in Georgetown.  The number of our friends able to make this trip was much smaller than in years past because of kid's sporting conflicts which gave the weekend a different feel.  Fortunately, several families were able to come out for the day on Saturday so that livened the campsites up and brought with it the energy of years past.  We were blessed to share a site with the Kelso's. They are such dear friends of ours and as an added perk, very good packers so anything we forgot they had.  :)

Kennedy spent the majority of her time with Makana Sloan, laying in the hammocks or riding the Green Machines.  She also went on a hike with us down to see the water, found time to read, kept an eye on Bear and was a big help when we were prepping our meals.  Friday was her 13th birthday(Ack!) so we surprised her with an Oreo Cake, the birthday song and a bag of white chocolate (her favorite!) chips to pass around to the other kids camping.  


Lleyton played and played and played with Dylan, Levi and Cole for the most part.  He rode bikes, scooters, green machines, anything with wheels basically... played baseball with Daddy and rocked in hammocks.  He also took good care of Bear.  Both kids are so in their element out there, completely surrounded by friends and fun, that Tim and I rarely see them other than for meal time.  This allows he and I to sit around and catch up with friends.  We even got to throw the softball around for a bit.  It was delightful.  The weather was about 10 degrees warmer than maybe ideal but in the shade of the beautiful trees or when the sun would duck behind the clouds it was perfect.  We also didn't have to worry about packing bulky things like jackets so that was a perk!

Sunday brought with it our special time of worship outside.  I always look forward to that time together with our Church family surrounded by God's creation.

After getting home, getting the car unloaded, starting a load of laundry and watching a few innings of the Atros' playoff game against the Red Socks it was time to hop back in the car and head up to church for Walk4Water.  We got nice and sweaty again walking 4 miles around BOCC campus in support of this beautiful ministry that helps to build wells to provide clean drinking water in those countries that need it.  This year the well will be built in Haiti.  Lleyton's shirt could have read "Run4 Water".  He amazed us with his stamina and ran a large majority of the 4 miles along with his friends Luke, Dylan and Cooper.

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Storm Within

When people are constantly disappointing you does that mean that maybe the problem is with you?  This is a question I have been wrestling with lately.  I trick myself into thinking that I don't ask much of others but I guess that I do.  So what do you do when time and again you are hurt?  Do you put up walls?  Do you pull away from those people, knowing that if you do you are forfeiting any sort of real relationship and possibly any relationship at all.  If you stay in it, how do you change your heart?  How do you get your brain to convince your heart that it isn't right in how it is feeling?  I've never been good at talking my heart into much.  Seems once it's decided it doesn't much like to listen to others.  Sounds a bit like me huh?  I am frustrated and really worried that there is a category 4 storm on the horizon named "Megan" which will reek devastation after she spews out everything she has been stifling for years.

Monday, September 25, 2017

I Cherish You

Sept 19-25th brings with it a roller-coaster of emotions.  There are so many birthdays and death days crammed into that short period of time, it is almost more than my heart can take.  Some how I keep finding myself coming out the other end still here... still moving forward in life and hopefully not having burdened my family too much while I waded through all of it. Tim never presumes to know how I'm feeling, despite wrestling with his own grief.  He never expects me to be over it and instead loves me through it.  One of the ways he did that this week was to surprise me with a date at home with him.  He brought home the most gorgeous bouquet of flowers I have ever seen, one of my favorite movies on blu-ray, and a bottle of buttery chardonnay.  It was a beautiful evening and a perfectly timed reminder that this life is something to be cherished and not simply wallowed through. I love you baby.

Friday, September 15, 2017

After Workout 

After Shower

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Thunder Soccer

Lleyton decided to try out soccer this fall season.  This is the first time he has played, other than 1 or 2 summer camps, since he was 5.  He was a bit nervous about committing to something he wasn't confident in.  Tim and I assured him it was just to try it out and see if it was something he liked.  That was all it took to get him on board.  If you were to ask him I think he would tell you he is happy to be playing.  His is playing for PAYSL which is wonderfully convenient with their fields being just 1 mile away from our home.  His team is named the Thunder and they look sharp on the field in their neon green outfits.  Lleyton was thrilled to have found bright yellow cleats to wear as well. (Yellow is currently his favorite color.)   He has some true natural ability which is so fun to watch, and we are excited to see where a bit more coaching can take him.  In the first game he scored the first goal of the season and boy was that great.  Tim and I were so happy for him and we could tell the boast in confidence it immediately gave him.  

Another fun thing about this season is the theme song Tim found for Lleyton.  Imagine Dragons has a new upbeat song called "Thunder" and some of the lyrics are...
Thunder, feel the thunder 
Lightning and the thunder 
Thunder, feel the thunder 
    Lightning and the thunder 

On the morning of soccer games you can hear that song being blasted from Alexa as we all get pumped up for the upcoming game.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Travel Companion

 Other than our walks on Tues and Thurs, I think the best part of Bear's week is when he gets to "go for a ride" and take the kids to school in the morning.  He normally rides in the back with the kids while they are in the car and then moves to the front after they disembark.  For some reason, this day, he decided he wanted to ride in the driver's side floor board.  Not. Safe.  I coaxed Bear out of there twice and finally convinced him to get comfortable in his usual spot on my lap for the drive home.  We just love this dog and are constantly reminded what a perfect fit he is for our family.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Train them Up

We like to clean out our garage about once a year.  It is always amazing to me how stuff builds up over the months when I think we are being so good about staying on top of it.  Oh well, it makes for some productive family time.  This cleaning also involved some rearranging and the cleaning of the window and blinds in our garage.  Judging by the number of cob webs I don't think that it had been cleaned since the house was built.  I can guarantee it hadn't been cleaned since we moved in.  We all helped with it and after alot of scrubbing the end result was so much better than what we started with.  The large amount of dirty paper towels that resulted from the cleaning were a testament to our hard work.  

I particularly like this picture because it reminds me of our ongoing quest as parents to train the kids up in the way they should go.