Well, it seems I’ve been MIA.
I hope you’re having a fantastic summer with lots of reenergizing and reconnecting time.
We finished our homeschooling at the end of May so as to prepare for a busy summer. And what a busy summer it’s been! It’s a summer centred around people–family, friends and new friends. Isn’t that the most enjoyable kind? When my older kids were young, they had a book called The Clown Arounds Take a Vacation. In all of the silliness, they decide that time with family is, by far, the best vacation.
We’ve had a revolving door of guests here at home, many new faces at church, missions teams and travel. (Not to mention My Love persuaded me to take my art and cards to some shops around the area, which has kept me busy filling orders, packaging and delivering.)
Thankfully, we had a couple of weeks in June to prepare for the coming of our first missions team later in the month. This team was partly a returning one: a few had come last year, but there were some first-timers, as well, that we were privileged to have met on our trip South in the spring.
This group came to show the love of Christ in practical ways. A missions-minded member of their church in Louisiana allocated funds for mission work when he passed. These folks brought the manpower and the means to carry out some projects in town. They built a beautiful deck–complete with deck chairs and flower pots–for a family they had ministered to last summer, and a new set of stairs for a lovely woman caring for her six grandchildren. Both families were extremely grateful. There were bikes and clothes for the kids, too!
They also prepared a gumbo outreach with lots of Louisiana fixin’s. A backyard party for the neighbourhood kids was also on the program. Various members of the team shared from the Word and others, powerful testimonies.
These guys make you feel like old friends from the minute you meet them…just super fun, warm and loud and crazy, just like our family!
What a blessing to see the working hands and feet of our Lord through these fine folks!
Of course it wasn’t all serious business…we snuck off to the beach to treasure hunt and for a bonfire, too.
The very same day the team left, our techie boy and his family came. It was wonderful having them share our home again. Grandlittle No. 5 didn’t play shy at all and I relished every precious moment with him and his parents…so much so that I hardly took any pictures!
I traveled back to Ontario with them to meet Grandlittle No. 6. He is so precious! He loves to be snuggled (which makes this obliging gramma very happy!) Time spent with the rest of the fam and some important mother-daughter time with my mom rounded out my stay.
Photo credits: Naomi Lucienne Photography
We tried to get a photo of GG (my mom) with all six of the great grands….but let’s say it was a bit of a challenge, especially on this very hot day with no air con. I wish I could pass on some pearls of wisdom in the art of photographing a group of young children. Alas, the only thing I can say is use the burst setting on your camera and be satisfied with one of the hundred pictures you captured. This is, after all, real life.
Following a few teary good-byes, it was time to head home. I landed at the airport Friday evening, we stayed overnight in a lovely inn (thank you Avion points!) and picked up a lovely couple from South Carolina coming to do missions work here with us for the next week. We had a great few days of VBS and a ladies’ night and prayer time with them. They are such a sweet couple and we feel very privileged to have met them three years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember to take photos of our week.
We said good bye to them, then my Love was off to speak at the Bible Camp for this week. I’ll have a few days to catch up on some orders, new market pieces and cleaning before our Northern boy and his family come.
I feel truly blessed to have such extraordinary people in our lives…
How about you? Take a break from the mundane today; reach out to someone this week and enjoy reconnecting!