Friday, August 2, 2013

Family Time

As I sit down to write this post tonight, I have such a grateful heart.  It's easy to share my August Quest with you tonight, because we have had a blessed evening of family time and I am most thankful for it.

It won't be long before our Scientist heads back to college far far away from us.  We have cherished these past two months while he was home with us for summer break.  We have been able to pack in a lot of precious "family together time" in these past two months.

We didn't go on a big vacation this summer.  We didn't have big plans or do special events.  Instead, we enjoyed a summer filled with family, friends, games, movies, homemade goodies, and long talks.  We have spent time with extended family at Mom and Dad's farm, Aunt Prayer Warrior & Uncle Songleader's log cabin restaurant, family reunions, and our home.

We enjoyed visits from family and friends on and off all through June.  We played games, laughed, cooked, ate, went to a bunch of movies, watched TV together, went on walks, shopped a little, and took some time to just sit and talk.  We chatted about goals, future plans, why we believe what we believe, science (I am in a house full of scientists), things we find funny, and wonderful family memories.

It's been a joyous time.

In just a matter of days our Scientist will be back on campus where we will stay connected through phone calls, Skyping, FaceTime, email, and maybe even Facebook.  On the same day our Scientist begins his junior year of college, our Engineer will begin his junior year of high school...which also happens to be his freshman year of college.

He has been given a wonderful opportunity to start college at a local community college near our home.  We have decided to give it a try and see how it works for him.  This is a huge change for our family...and not one we originally were planning on making.  Everything just fell into place to give us confidence that this is what we are supposed to be doing with his schooling this year.

He is excited about this new plan...Hubby and I are too.  I think our Engineer is ready for this new adventure.   But the truth is...I'm not sure I am.  While we never planned to homeschool him in high school, it has been a really good experience.  These past two years, our Engineer and I have had a great deal of time together.  I have really enjoyed it.

It is becoming all too real to me that our blessed family time is almost wrapped up for the summer...and I really don't want it to end.  Tonight the four of us went out to the movies and grabbed some tacos.  In the car there, while we were out, and on the way home there was great discussion and laughter.  I enjoyed every minute of it.

After we got back home from our fun evening out, we all settled into the living room and hung out together....chatting a bit while we watched TV.  It's these moments...the quiet, every day ones in which I am most thankful to God because we all enjoy them so much.

Most of our family years, we have lived far from extended family.  We have moved many times.  Often holidays and special events were just the four of us.  It made us a very close family.  I am grateful that we are so close.  It does makes it hard when we are separated, but we know that when we are together, it will be a cherished time of togetherness for us.  It always is.

We truly appreciate our time together...and this summer has been no exception...which makes me so very very thankful.

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