After a very busy and full three months of travel, mission trips, family reunions, and church camps – our family is all home and back together again. We have loved all the great experiences we’ve had all summer, especially loving that our boys have had such rich times of spiritual growth at church camp. We also really loved seeing family we don’t get to see very often. But being home together again and settling into a routine? We are so thankful!
I counted. In all 31 days of July, I was home only 7 days. And those 7 little days I was home? I was only able to do bare minimum, like laundry and packing for the next trip. Phew! My house is dirty. My computer work is backed up. I don’t even know what’s in the back of my fridge. No matter. I’m refreshed and ready to settle back into home and work life again.
Also? I’ve missed you. I really needed the computer break. I needed the break from writing day after day. I needed to step away from all the work it takes to keep up with this blog. Now that I’ve had this time of refreshment and break from the norm, I am so ready to sit here with you, sharing what I’ve learned, hearing about your experiences, and serving alongside you as we create heavenly homes and love our families together.
So, hi! I’m back. Praise God for how He works and the opportunities He provides to give us just what we need. I hope your summer has been full of God and the perfect lessons He teaches as we seek His will.
Our peach trees are giving us all kinds of delicious fruit right now.
What a great treat to come home to!
In other news: As of today, I am 41 years old. It’s been a fun, happy birthday so far with all my men spoiling me. I look forward to celebrating my birthday with you, too. Watch for fun sales starting tonight!
Fresh banana bread and sliced peaches right off the tree? Perfection.
Now how about a menu plan? I haven’t written one for the past few weeks, so here’s hoping I still remember how. After all, all the boys are back home, and a couple of them grew several inches during the summer. I’m getting shorter and shorter all the time in this family of growing boys. People who haven’t seen them for a few weeks have commented that they didn’t even recognize them at first. Seriously, these teenage boy growth spurts are nuts. Wow, I love these kids – and their appetites.
Have you tried this great Pasta Salad Bar idea yet? What are you waiting for?!
Here’s this week’s menu plan:
Sunday, August 3 (Happy Birthday to me)
Banana bread, strawberries
Out to lunch for a birthday treat
Shrimp and veggie stir-fry with asparagus, broccoli, yellow squash, carrots, and zucchini; watermelon
Monday, August 4 (We start our school year today)
Whole wheat waffles, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream
Meat and cheese burritos, sweet peppers, olives, pineapple mango smoothies (with spinach blended in)
Italian cream cheese chicken, tossed salad, asparagus
Wednesday, August 6
Cream cheese filled crepes, fresh berries
Baked potatoes in the crock pot topped with ham, cheese, sour cream, and peas; cantaloupe
Burgers on the grill, zucchini-cheese casserole, tomatoes, pickles, honey dew melon
Thursday, August 7
Fried eggs, sausage, cantaloupe, blueberries
Baked beans with hot dogs, strawberry peach slushies, carrots and cucumbers with homemade ranch
Lamb chops, cheesy cauliflower cakes, tossed salad, green beans