I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:4
I have no greater heartache than to hear that my children stumble in the darkness.
As much as *my* dream is for all of my children to live Godly lives, living close by with their some day families (GRANDCHILDREN!), I realize that it may not work out that way. God is working in my heart to seek HIS Kingdom rather than building my own kingdom.
The only thing that matters is that they walk faithfully with God. I'd rather have a (adult) child living FAITHFULLY in Africa, than one living down the hall clinging on to their sin!
On my actual birthday last week Emma fixed she and I a nice picnic lunch and we went down to our lake and we had a sweet time.
Jeff took me out for a late afternoon lunch and Olivia SURPRISED ME by having flowers and balloons delivered at the restaurant.
Every year for my birthday I ask for the same thing. Simply a weekend (or even a day) away from everything, usually somewhere in the mountains, which you would think is easy since we live in the foothills of the Appalachians. Unfortunately, this time of year is usually busy for Jeff and it is hard to get away..
The older your kids are the harder it is to go somewhere together.
This weekend I was able to enjoy 2 of my 3 kids and of course wonderful hubby! We rented a cabin up at Lake Guntersville for a couple nights. This resort had plenty of activities the girls loved!
Olivia loving the view from the Bird's Nest deck.
Emma made time to get her running in. She will be doing a 5K later this month.
We played PUTT-PUTT...no need to tell you who won... after all he wins at EVERYTHING!
There was an indoor pool that was pretty much unused by anyone else!
If there is a foosball table around, we HAVE to play that!But be warned, we...I mean, Jeff will WIN!
Jeff and I played A LOT of pool when we were dating, so of course it is fun to put a little chalk on the ball!
Yes, he still lets me cheat (I have my own set of 'rules'), and he still wins!
We enjoyed just resting near the lake, watching the geese and cranes.
Last night at the Bird's Nest (part of the resort clubhouse) we went to watch the Karaoke folks. It was mostly the over 60 crowd, we were one of 2 'families' there., everyone else was older couples or singles. It was pretty hilarious. There was no alcohol served there, but I could see where it would help the situation. Olivia offered Emma $20 if she'd get up there and sing! Well...being a girl of GREAT COURAGE and always wanting to earn a buck, she did it!!! It helped that out of the 20 singers, only 2-3 of them could actually sing good. It was fun...and Emma is $20 richer today!
It was a relaxing time. I loved just sitting with my husband, who NEVER sits still. I love just being together and not necessarily saying anything.
I am truly amazed that after 23 years, we can be more in love today than the day we married. God has been good to us!