Long time no see! I miss you guys. I’ve been so ridiculously busy this summer. I know, I know, that’s what everybody says! 🙂 I had such grand plans for the ole’ blog this summer. Like blogging everyday! whoops. I have so many great recipes and projects to share with you. They are coming. I promise. I have to figure out a way to balance blogging and family and life.
This summer has been crazy! Seriously. Here’s a quick snap shot of our summer.
A bird and a bean summer update.
My brother threw a surprise party for my sister-in-law and she threw a surprise party for him. And my dad threw a surprise party for my mom’s retirement. I got all three e-vites on the same day! What fun. I do love parties. And then my brother and my dad asked me to
help with take care of their parties. 🙂 So, there was A LOT of lying and planning and banner making. They’re all over now and everyone was very surprised. SO. GLAD. THEY. ARE. OVER! Three parties in three weeks. Too much. Fun to plan, but exhausting.
SURPRISE. and SURPRISE. and SURPRISE.
We also had a tragic and devastating thing happen to our family in May. My sweet 17 year old cousin was in a terrible car accident 8 weeks ago and is still in the hospital. She suffered a severe neck injury (C4-C7). She is currently not breathing or eating on her own. She has an amazing attitude and we are believing God for a miracle. My dad just finished plans for the remodel of my aunt and uncle’s home to accomodate Abby’s new (believing for temporary) life of ventilators and traches and machines and nurses and wheelchairs. So, next is helping out with the remodel. All hands on deck. I will post more about Abby and the big benefit we are helping to plan later. She is an amazing girl and God has His hand on her life!
We are trying to keep life as normal as possible for the bird and the bean.
In between planning surprise parties and big benefits and hospital visits we have swim lessons, VBS, summer art school and play dates.
And garden tending and chicken tending.
And house guests.
And keeping the house somewhat clean.
And a dog.
And both kids had birthdays. More parties. 🙂
And life. Because it goes on.
We try to go to all the little benefits that the local places have for Abby.
I think Lucie understands the severity of the situation a little more than Sam. He sometimes asks if Abby can come over to play. 🙁 When we’re at the hospital they just want to hold her hand and lay in her bed and cuddle with her. It’s pretty sweet.
Every one of Lucie’s prayers in the last two months just slays me. She prays so sincerely and intensely for Abby’s bones and lungs and nerves, because that’s what she hears us talk and pray about daily.
Every picture drawn in this house all summer is either of Abby or for Abby. 🙂
And I’m trying so hard to cherish every moment. It’s summer after all. And in a few weeks Lucie will be going to Kindergarten and Sam will be off to Preschool. It goes so fast. I tend to get overwhelmed and busy and I hate it. I want to savor and soak in every minute. What can you do? It’s life. Life gets busy. I need to find the balance. How do you find it? Any hints would be appreciated.
AAAAND. We are going on a family vacation next week. I could not be more excited. Holland, Michigan here we come. LOVE!
But, by this time last year I had already packed and planned special road trip bags and different activities for each day, a signature drink and special fancy vacation food. I had pinned a whole board of fun ideas and projects. I had a notebook full of lists. And they were all fun.
This year. Nothing. Just nothing.
I haven’t really even thought about vacation very much until this morning.
It’s probably for the better. We couldn’t even move an inch on the way to vacation last year.
The car was full and packed TIGHT! Kevin called me a car hoarder. 🙂
I better get busy and do some laundry today, though!
So, these are some of the reasons I have been away. I’m going to do better. I have some great stuff to share with you.
Please come back. 🙂 I love you.
Summer does that to all of us…take care and have fun…
do even try to DO BETTER – just enjoy this season as is… maybe that can be the cherry – you can always go back and do posts with the cute pics you snap! i SOOO get the bust summer :http://bit.ly/M1M14B
the ashley family says
We pray for Abby daily, also. Hang in there.
Thanks guys! Love you and the prayers!