This culminates the busiest summer of my life. Allow me to recap. On May 31, the same daughter graduated high school. Our past year has been a series of "finals". Her final volleyball game, her final basketball game, her final prom, etc. It is the perfect blend of excitement and depression as we watch her grow up. Amazingly, our next child is a senior this year, so we are beginning that process all over again. A week after graduation, my wife and I took both girls to New York City for a senior/graduation celebration. It was a great trip, filled with great memories, including watching a window washer dangling from a 50 story building after his scaffolding broke. It was like a scene from Spiderman! Fortunately, he was rescued unscathed.
|My girls in Little Italy|
While we were away, construction began on the new middle school building at HCA. Behind the scenes of all these summer events was the work being done on this facility. As you know, building something is both exciting and time-consuming. There are many details in a project like this, but we are so blessed to have this space at our disposal this year.
|The first fish|
At the end of June, we spent two days in Georgia at college orientation. This is when it started to become real, and we knew that our time was growing short. But, make no mistake about it, God miracuously provided our needs, and gave us a way to afford college when we truly believed it to be impossible.
Around the 4th of July, we had the opportunity to take a long weekend with both Grandmothers in the mountains. This was a very relaxing time, and valuable time for our kids to appreciate their grandparents' investment in their lives. Of course, it rained every day, but that really didn't matter in the big scheme of things. Until the next week, of course, when the school flooded during one of our many deluges this summer (see previous blog).
|Our full quiver|
|This year's HCA Student Council|
Of course, the past week has been spent with our awesome faculty and staff. I am so amazed at their love for Christ and for our children. Please do not take for granted how great this staff of people are. They are the best! This leads to orientation tonight, and the first day of school in 48 hours (with a trip to take more stuff to college in between).
Where has the time gone? While I have been busier than normal, and busier than I would prefer, it really has been a blessed summer break, with much accomplished along the way. God has shown Himself faithful to our family once again, has provided every need we have, and reminded us that He is truly all we need. Now, I am ready to remind your kids of the same thing. Are you ready for school?