Is It Really Over?
We had a very busy summer. Full of laughter, swimming, cook outs, gardening, travel, and a wee bit of drama.
Way more living than can be crammed into one little blog post.
Instead, we'll hit the high points. 9 of them to be exact...
1. In May we went back to Vanderbilt for a little check up. They were pleased with Olivia's response to the current treatment plan. (If you're not familiar with Olivia's condition, here is a good place to start.) Olivia had to bring her favorite companion 'Penny' along for the trip. We got Penny from Crystal of Little Bit Funky, and we love her!
2. Also in May our whole yard and the downstairs of our new home flooded. Thankfully we caught it early and there was minimal damage, and only a massive headache.
3. Our girl attended her first vacation bible school in June. (And subsequently her second and third, she's addicted!) It was such a blessing to watch her learn and grow in Christ. That little girl loves her some Jesus!
4. I gave blood for the first time in a few years, and Olivia and I had a 'momma day' as she calls it. We had a blast. Being a full-time working mother days like that are a rare luxury. I'm incredibly grateful for those moments.
5. I work with a girl whose family owns a dairy farm. She invited Olivia to visit. Olivia had an amazing time, and still talks about it often. She was fearless! I thought for sure she would be intimidated by the cows, but she got right in the pin with them and even got to feed a 3 day old calf. She may have a future in farming.
6. Some of you may know I have worked in sales for the same company for the better part of 8 years. This summer I was given the opportunity to participate in an advanced training program to prepare me for promotion. Very exciting stuff.
7. In July I got a phone call that shook me to my core. My precious Gran had had a stroke. I traveled 5 hours down Highway 45 to Tupelo, MS to be by her side. Not knowing what I would see when I got there. By God's sweet grace the stroke was minor and her recovery was "unexplainable." She was discharged 24 hours after being admitted. A true miracle and the answer to many prayers.
8. We spent the 4th of July with family and friends, celebrating our freedom and giving thanks for all those who have sacrificed to provide us with that freedom. We went to church that evening, to watch the annual firework show. Within 5 minutes of our arrival Olivia tripped and did a complete face-plant on the pavement. Resulting in quite the shiner.
9. Olivia caught her first fish this summer also. We were at my brother and sister-in-law's pond and her Uncle Cody helped to reel it in. She was so proud, but refused to touch it. I totally understand sweet girl, those things are slimy!