It’s been a few weeks since I sat down to blog. The days have been full and by the time Owen goes to sleep, I am usually ready for bed myself. This has meant less down time for me to just hang out on the blog. Sometimes sleep comes first! It’s my new motto – sleep now, do other stuff later!
We’ve been hot, hot, hot here in the PNW. It’s rare, but we’ve been in a massive heat wave. The 90+ degree days have gotten old now that they have been around for a couple of weeks. We’ve been playing chess with our portable air conditioner and the fans. Overall, we’ve been able to keep the house cool. I’m so grateful! I’m okay with one or two days of heat… I am so over the endless warmth that has seemed to move in. As a result, we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. Owen has been splashing around the front yard. It’s really felt like summer in that regard. I’m not an outdoor girl, so I’ve been stretched this summer. My idea of a good summer day (or any day) is being inside with a book. That has not been my summer, but that is okay. This is a different season of my life. I’m sure some day I’ll have plenty of inside days and books to read.
Family time has been the name of the game over the last few weeks. We’ve gotten to see quite a bit of our immediate families and we’ve been blessed to enjoy the summer sunshine with them. Owen has especially enjoyed the cousin time. Kids in the yard, running around, having fun – yep, this is what summer is all about!
This last weekend was a big one for celebrations! On Friday, we celebrated my dad’s almost 60th birthday a few days early. We had pizza and a cake and then wrapped up the night with John Deere rides in the front yard. Saturday was Independence Day and we spent it over at Papa & Nana’s house. Owen got to splash around the yard with his cousin, Nolan. We got to catch up with Jeremy’s brother and sister-in-law and hear about life with two kiddos. Of course, I got a few snuggles in with my newest nephew, Bennett.
Sunday rounded out the big weekend with a massive celebration at our church. This spring, through generous donations over the years, we were able to pay off the mortgages of both our Chehalis and Centralia campuses. We had a Freedom Party to rejoice over the fact that we are now debt free. My father who is all about debt free living got to present the numbers on how much we will have saved in the long run without a mortgage and interest. Now we can put that money back into the community and use it for kingdom work. I thought it was fitting that on my dad’s actual birthday we got to blow up the mortgages. We literally blew them up. No pieces or ashes remain. Bye-bye mortgage! It’s gone forever! The party ran late into the night and ended with a giant fireworks display. I took Owen home after the mortgage explosion since waiting up for the fireworks was beyond his toddler bedtime. The pictures and videos I saw of the fireworks were impressive. What a perfect way to end a big weekend and a huge celebration.