My dear friend’s husband and daughter just left for Kenya. When Russ and my kids are out of the country, I have to work hard to stay happy and not worry, and I know it is the same for Kathleen. So I came up with a brilliant solution to keep her mind occupied and make the days fly by — I’m taking my youngest five to visit!
I’m heading to Seattle today with Honeybee, Dimples, Sunshine, Eby, and Little Man, where we’ll have two days of appointments, therapy for the girls on Wednesday and a full afternoon at Seattle Children’s on Thursday. Amazingly (and thankfully), Sweet Pea has a rare afternoon and evening off, so we’ll get some special time with her as well. I’m praying for a safe and easy drive, fun with friends, and answers to some questions at our appointments.
Yesterday I spent a few hours working on paperwork for REACH camp, a very special camp we attend each Labor Day weekend for families affected by HIV. We love REACH, but do not love the paperwork. Most arduous is the physical required for each family member; with a family our size it is a huge task to get it all done. I currently have a stack of 49 pages of paperwork on my desk that needs to be completed and mailed in.
So many great things are still to come this summer. We have a family reunion at Russ’ parents at the end of July, followed by a trip to Whidbey Island where we’ve been invited to stay at a lovely home. Russ plans to squeeze in a father/daughter backpacking trip with Ladybug and friends in August. School starts August 22nd and homeschooling will start a few days later, once I catch my breath.
I’m trying to keep life very simple – pack light, cook simply, and keep the kids moving through their days. How is your summer going? Any tips on keeping it happy and simple?
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