Anyone want to pretend they have a dog this weekend? Looking for Pond sitters Thursday - Sunday. Update: my dad is one of her biggest fans and offered to love on her for the weekend. She's a lucky dog.
When you love someone so much you just want to squeeze them.
Thinking a lot about the recent Urban Christian Academy campout we got to be part of. Too many thoughts in fact for the space they give me here. Click the link in my profile if you'd like to read them.
Celebrated the last day of summer school with Betty Rae's ice cream. Here's to my first summer break as a school nurse!
Girlfriend wears her shoes out. New tenny runners for the teenager. Also, Emme is totally fine with Rory getting the spotlight today.
We've been telling Rory stories in our family today because she is 13! She has great taste in music and believes there's nothing a good nap can't solve. She's a natural with kids. Comfort is one of her highest priorities. She's a performer. She loves her dog and good food. She's smart and encouraging and I trust her. I like who she is and I'm so glad she's mine.
She's back! She's back! I get to squeeze her!
Waiting for E's flight to arrive! A week is a long time. I miss her.
Today was her baptism. *
She doesn't love to be the center of attention. So this morning it was extra meaningful that she stood in front of our church without knowing for sure if she should wear her sandals up front or go barefoot, would she stand or sit in the water, when was she supposed to get into the water? She was anxious and nervous...and yet she went. She wanted this. *
She had watched the baptism and dedications of babies weeks earlier and whispered to Brad, "I want to be baptized." Since then there have been lots of questions about scripture. We answered what we could as best we could and then told her that we don't know all the answers, that faith is our belief even though we don't, and that our God is big enough for all the questions. *
She nudged me as she saw Jacob's Well friends pile into pews. We sat and watched and smiled as she went under the water. A symbol of death to herself and a new life in Christ. *
We had planned a celebration. A park picnic near our church. We heard the thunder during the sermon. Maybe it'll pass? Weather apps were watched carefully while the rumbling continued. A quick check with the crew after church and a decision was made, "We're going to risk it!" *
I was pretty sure we would all end up wet. But when a few drops fell after we were settled in and eating, a positive spirit piped up, "It actually feels refreshing!"
We ate and played. Emme told me later, "When I was on the slide I looked over and saw all the chairs and thought, 'That's a lot of people.'" I asked how that felt and she said, "Cool that so many people would come to my baptism." *
I highly recommend you get a group of church friends (and family) that don't let the threat of thunderstorms keep them from setting up lawn chairs under large trees and if a few drops reach their arms decide that that amount of rain is "refreshing"...and certainly not a reason to stop the party.
Emme has a strong group cheering her on.
Tonight's walk to the square adventures: frozen yogurt, a feline friend (maybe enemy...hard to tell), and unexpected sidewalk confetti.