last hurrahs

School started today. 
Suddenly the house is very quiet. The floors are clean. And that doesn’t matter like it did a week ago. When I was sweeping up the dirt tracks made before I had the chance to make breakfast, and there were mud fingerprints on the walls and mimicking wars. I thought a quiet, clean house would be nice. But now I just want my worm-diggin’, mess-lovin’ boys back!
The first day of school is always the longest day of the year for me.
I contemplate again whether or not we should homeschool. So far, the verdict is the same. But, it helps to know it’s an option. 
So, I continually pray for courage and peace and grace for our oldest boys. I hug our youngest lots and thank the Lord for another year with him. 
And relish in the memories of our last hurrahs…

  Family time in Hocking Hills

Take me out to the ballgame, with free tickets from our library’s summer reading program!

 commissioning and prayer for our small group kids before school starts
The sun rises and it sets and how a summer flies.
How many more sunsets will we see?
Life is so short. 
Let’s make it count! Let’s live for what lasts!

Things that go wrong can shape us or scar us…
God finds us in our failures and our successes, and He says that while we used to think one way about things, now He wants us to think another way about those same things. And for me, I’ve realized that I used to be afraid of failing at the things that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter. 
~ Bob Goff, Love Does

P.S. This book is blowing my mind!!
Would love to share more, but you just gotta read it.
And, it’s time to get my boys. I have a feeling there will be more worm-diggin’ and dirt-trackin’ tonight. But, it doesn’t matter. Because clean floors last just about as long as these moments. And which is more important?
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