Tap, tap. Is anyone still here? I know it’s been awhile (not the first time I’ve said that), but I’ve finally come to the realization that blogging just isn’t going to happen in the summer. Business and financial-wise, that’s a terrible model for maintaining a successful blog. Sanity and priority-wise, it’s necessary. I need to be all there for my family during our busy season. And I’m really OK with that, because momma LOVES summertime in youth ministry.
Ah, my friends, I know I don’t talk about the ministry side of our lives very much. That’s mostly because I no longer play much of a support role for my husband as far as being an involved youth leader. My ministry has become my family and kids. But every year, as summer draws near, an excitement builds in our household. Summer means trips. Summer means spending lots of time with teenagers and youth leaders. Summer means belly laughs and late nights and long car rides and inside jokes and deep God encounters and heart-to-heart conversations.
I often get comments from people wondering how I manage to pack up our three kids five and under and take them on all these trips. Wouldn’t it be easier to just stay home? Maybe. But there has to be some perks to being a pastor’s kid, and when you are a youth pastor’s kid, those perks are spelled SUMMER.
This summer we spent a week at summer camp with a bunch of middle schoolers. Middle schoolers are awesome. I never laugh as hard as I do when I go on trip with middle schoolers. We stayed in a cabin and the kids and I explored the camp during the day and hung out with our group during meals and the occasional session.
Then we spent another week visiting my family while my husband took the high schoolers on a mission trip. The mission trips aren’t a great place for little kids, so we don’t usually go on those trips, although I have in the past when it was just one or two. Now that I’m outnumbered, I opt out of this trip. My parents live in the country and boy is country-life a beautiful thing for children!
We spent a week in beautiful Oregon visiting my husband’s family which doesn’t happen very often at all. It takes us years to save up enough airline miles to pay for our crew. Precious memories were made.
We also attended a conference for pastors and their wives, attended a few summer BBQs and swim parties, and had youth group at our house for the duration of the summer (when we were actually home). My kids love when the teenagers come to our house. They love to be loved by the teens. They really look up to them and it makes my mamma’s heart soar that they have so many positive role models in their lives.
Ah, summer. It was busy. It was blessed. And now the days are slowly getting a little shorter. The desert monsoons are slowly cooling the air down in these parts. And school has started. Youth ministry has rolled back into a routine. Life has rolled back into a routine, and now this little piece of the blog-o-sphere will be rolling back into a routine.
I have a lot to share, my friends.
God has been stretching me and growing me in so many ways. Physically, spiritually, emotionally. I can’t wait to share about our adventures in homeschooling, some new recipes I’ve been working on, an update on my thyroid health, and an update on our adoption journey. So much good stuff coming your way.