Hi, Ya'll!

So… uhmm... Hi! Remember me? I know... I know... it seems I kind of disappeared for awhile there, didn't I? No, no... just taking a much needed break. While I do enjoy this great blogging community we are all a part of, I must say that this was a much needed break. A time to focus on other areas that needed focus, a time to think about what direction I want my blog to take in the future, a time to relax and enjoy some good ‘ole family time, and a time to just be quiet and listen.

As I logged into my reader earlier this week, I realized that I am WAY behind in my reading and have a lot to catch up on. You guys have been busy and been having fun it looks like. I’m hoping over the weekend to get caught up a bit with you all and see what’s been going on while I have been on a break.

In return, I thought I’d give a brief update on what’s been going on around our household as of late. So, here we go… the bullet formatted short edition (or, at least I hope it’s short… I have been known to ramble unnecessarily from time to time…).

√ Family – we’ve just been having a grand ‘ole time as a family since summer officially began for us with the end of the school year. No homework, no need to get up quite so early in the mornings, and lots and lots of play time. The kids have been enjoying the weather (no… they don’t seem phased at all by the heat… unlike their mother!), the water and all things summer.

√ Extended Family Time – a couple of weeks ago we took a long weekend and drove to Kansas City to spend time with my parents, sisters, brother-in-law, and nieces and nephews. This was the last time we will all be together in one place for quite some time as my sister and her family will be leaving for Prague later this summer to serve as missionaries. Please remember them in your prayers as they embark on this journey. They will leave for training with the International Mission Board in Richmond, VA, mid-July. They will spend 6 or 8 weeks there for training and preparation (for some reason, I cannot remember the timeframe… I’ve only asked them about a million times and STILL cannot remember… sigh). Following that time, they will fly directly on to Prague.

√ Work – Oh. My. Goodness. Back in May I was talking here about how wonderful summertime would be with more free time and a let down in the schedule. Oh, it was going to be heavenly (and, really… it still is). However, I do believe that someone forgot to remind the company I work for that summertime is here.  We are swamped and I am going non-stop during work hours!

√ VBS – can I just say here and now that VBS is one of my favorite things that our church does? Yes, we do many great things, have great programs, missions, etc. But, VBS is just one that is close to my heart. Maybe, in part, because I have two children that absolutely LOVE VBS (they start asking about it each year in around Feb/March). However, I think another part is just being involved and seeing so many children being taught about God and seeing their love of learning more and more and being so EXCITED about it all. So, anyway, this week is VBS at our church and it has been great as usual! I am completely exhausted, but it has been nothing but a fun and powerful experience.

I’ll be around more in the weeks to come and plan to pick up next week with posts from my study of Colossians. When I left off I had just finished the first chapter, so I’ll start off next week at the beginning of chapter 2.

I hope to get around and start visiting you all again over the weekend. I look forward to catching up with you and seeing how you’re enjoying your summertime. We’ll “talk” soon and, in the meantime, have fun and stay cool!! :)

8 Thoughts Shared:

bp said...

Nice to read your update! Glad you all had a great VBS and you're enjoying the family time.

Sab said...

Welcome back!

VBS is so fun! We're having it in our church this year as well, and I know a few people excited to be helping out!

Family time is so much fun. I love summer! Glad to hear you had a wonderful break and a great time with family!

Tricia said...

Hey Melanie
I have been taking a bit of a break also, and haven't been able to visit fellow bloggers as much... glad to know you are having a great summer and have been able to enjoy your family, that is what counts!


Joan said...

Hey, I'm back from a break, too. Sounds like you had a good one. I'm playing catch up with my blog reading and loved hearing your update.


Beth E. said...

Welcome back...I've missed you! I was thinking about you this afternoon, wondering when you'd post again. I'm so happy to see an update...my goodness, y'all HAVE been busy.

Looking forward to having you visit my blog soon. ;-)


eph2810 said...

I think that we do need to take some time to get refreshed. I always say: "How can we fill up cups if our own is empty"? I took some time off - I was burned out after 4 years :)

I am glad that you were able to spend some time with your family...Wow - Prague - what an adventure for your sister and her family.

Thank you for stopping by tonight...

Marsha said...

So good to see you back! You were missed. I was praying everyone was well. So good to read the update.

You are loved.

Debra said...


I'm glad your absence was due to being refreshed and no illness. Thank you for stopping by and praying for me and encouraging me.

Blessings to you, sweet one.