Friday, August 27, 2010

Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

Cody, Maddie and Emma hanging out at the sound booth

Ryder cruising around

Christian and Maddie

Ryder with his cheddar bunnies

"Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer
You'll wish that summer could always be here"
~Nat King Cole

August came and went without so much as a wink. It's hard to believe that September is fast approaching. Two more camps have come and gone and we look forward to the final stretch of the camping season and new friends we will meet.

Night is coming faster and the kids are back in their normal sleeping routine. Matt and I have been able to get some much desired reading in and even some time together hiking up Inspiration Point and swimming off the outer dock. It's fun to dream again of climbs we want to do together and passions we want to fulfill that were previously shelved during the sleepless nights of diapers and night feedings.

Maddie continues to be the "belle of the ball" everywhere she goes and at the same time likes to hike up the steepest rock face in her Cinderella light-up princess heels. She constantly reminds us of an old Garth Brooks song called "Fire and Ice." She's a whole lot of spirit, spunk, and sweetness.

Ryder likes to crawl everywhere. He hasn't quite had the desire to walk early like his sister. Taking his time is alright by Dad and Mom who continue to ooh and ahhh over his charming personality and even tempered disposition. However he will put up a fight with his sister favoring the football to the pink tutus she tries to dress him up in!

Matt continues to work hard both at Malibu and on dreams back at home. It's fun to see so much life come back into a man who thrives on working hard, being a man of his word, and completes every task with finesse and humility. These words by Dwight Eisenhower describe Matt well: "The qualities of a great man are "vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character."

I've been challenged these past few days in my own desire to see dreams achieved both here and upon our return to the States. Time passes so differently here and the ebb and flow of life back home is going to come as a culture shock to our simplistic view of living. Not only that, raising children has completely changed my view of what is important in life and what really constitutes a priority. If training is the opposite of hoping then I want to be actively pursuing dreams, implementing the changes I want to see, and resting in the trust that comes from knowing and believing that God is good and loves me.

Sending prayers for Indian Summer,

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