Thursday, July 26, 2007

Crazy days of Summer

I have sat down several times in the past couple weeks to write a post and always get interrupted. I have had ideas for several topics and this one doesn't hit any of them. Oh, well. This is just random thoughts on what we have been up to.

We had family pics done. I hope to have them posted in a couple weeks when we get them back.

Life has been crazy around here. I don't know why I would expect anything else. Every summer I think it will be so laid back with kids and husband going on mission trips and camps and such. And then in July I remember...oh, yeah this is how it goes. We have had lots of extra kids in the house, house guests and several trips back and forth to the camps. Our food budget for the month is completely blown. And the laundry pile comes in enormous waves. Tidal waves of dirty camp laundry.

We have also had a family reunion which is always fun and interesting. Isn't that the way it always is when you get family together? Why are families so weird? How did we all come from the same lot? I just don't get it. God has a funny way of building our character and patience with people.

Ron's niece called this past weekend and said she had two surprises. She is getting married and you can guess the other. The second surprise is cause for the first. This has led to a bit of a family dilemma. The first dilemma is explaining the situation to our kids. Thanks Sweetie. The second is they have asked Ron to marry them. Ron has committed not to marry anyone that is not eligible to be married, and that the couple receive at least 6 sessions of pre-marital counsel. This would include a believer marrying a non-believer as well as other situations. Ron's family does not share his stance on this point so things could get ugly. But God is bigger than the situation. We are praying that God will use this to bring this young man to a saving knowledge of Him, that they would desire to make Christ the foundation of their marriage, and raise their family in Him. If you think of it in your prayer time pray for this couple.

Well, all the girls and I are off to camp again today to bring the camp t-shirts up to the boys. Oh, the joys of being a minister wife. Can't wait to see my man, but I would love to skip the camp trip.


Danni said...

wow - how do you manage??!! God is good! Hang in there!

kittyhox said...

Oh yes, families.

All families are like that. Every time we have a big get together (not that often) with extended family I look SO forward to it. Then it turns out to be more stressful than I anticipated and less fun than I expected. To be brutally honest. DEFINITELY a wonderful test of patience and for me, its a great test for me because my family tends to be very gossipy and I get sucked in.

Good luck with your family situation re: the wedding. We have something similar where my brother-in-law has two children (one of whom is nearly six!) with his fiance. She was planning a big white wedding and expected my parents to contribute to it as if they were two spring chickens just starting out in life. What were they supposed to say to that? While still demonstrating the love of Jesus. It's so hard sometimes!

They have since broken up.