Sunday, August 14, 2016

Final stretch of Summer...

Second half of the summer fun has included...

*Lots of family soccer (not pictured because, well if those pics existed they would be full of sweaty messes)...

*Abigail attended an amazing running camp that I'm so grateful to have discovered.  They pushed them hard (hills, sprints, etc), but the foundation of it all was using our gifts to glorify the Lord.

Abigail listening intently to one of the speakers, who were all very motivating!

Post work out cold towels!

Another motivational speaker...  Brandon is blind, but that doesn't stop him from being a triathlete 

Andy's running camp crew!

*Big kids at Children's Museum with Papa and KK for Papa's birthday and Grace at the Childrens Museum with special friends!

Grace at Children's Museum with PRECIOUS friends!

*Andrew has been taking piano, Grace of course LOVED every second of Princess Ballet, lots of family games, and taking "baby" to the park!

My favorite Princess Ballet video!

*Fun at mini ninja warrior class!  These videos were each of the kids favorite obstacle...

Excuse the nervous mommy in the background in both videos :-/

*GIGI's PLAYHOUSE FUN!  Busy Bodies class...

Awards ceremony on the last day of the Young Athletes Program at Gigi's Playhouse.  Grace loved the program and Abigail and Andrew loved volunteering!  Way to go on organizing such a great event Lindsay!!!

The Bestie's are having a team meeting ;-)

The Youth Athlete participants and siblings!

*THE BEACH to celebrate Grace's birthday (a few weeks early) with the cousins.  This is Grace's happy place!

*David read the kids the first book of Harry Potter and now they are on their fourth time of watching the movie in 3 days!

*Little sleep because of a lot of Olympics watching!

Speaking of Olympics...  this has been somewhat of a surreal time for me because last Summer Olympics David and I were 32 weeks pregnant and had just got Grace's Up's diagnosis as we were headed out of town to a bed and breakfast for a "baby moon."  I spent those days at the bed and breakfast doing a lot of crying, praying, journaling, seeking counsel from David, and watching the Olympics literally around the clock.  I remember sitting in bed long after David had fallen asleep and it was just me, God, and the Olympics, wrestling through the why's and how's of our new journey which had long been my worst fear come true.  Fast forward four years and a story of redemption springs forth!  As we watch the Olympics as a family of five, constantly distracted by the belly laughs resulting from Grace cheering loudly at the TV or pretending she's a swimmer or doing gymnastics, I'm reminded that what was so devastating 4 years ago is actually one of our greatest blessings, serving as a neon flashing sign constantly pointing us to Jesus.  Grace, our daughter, and God's grace (undeserved blessings) has literally saved us from ourselves and changed the way we see EVERYTHING in life.

Ephesians 3:20-21New International Version (NIV)

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Village, y'all have been on this journey with us for 4 years almost to the day!  Words will never adequately express our love and gratitude toward each of you.  Thank you and I hope you are in it with us for the long haul!  Much love, blessings and (((hugs))) to each of you!!!

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