From July 3rd - 6th I was at the Higher Things youth conference in Maryville, MO. Wow was it a hot week, but so totally awesome. Twelve was my first Higher Things conference and having experienced one, I can understand why so many want to return year after year. I chaperoned Hannah and Ellie (you can read their summaries here and here) along with their two cousins, Bre and Becca. Their other cousins came too, and I had fun watching those seven girls hang out together and remembering all the times they've done that through the years, like being silly:
|In Birth Order, Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Bre, Melinda, Cora, Hannah, Ellie, Becca, Emma|
|Left to right Back Row: Melanie, Me, Becky, Ruth|
Front Row: Nancy, Michelle, Carol, Julie
On Monday evening Angie and her family came to stay with us. We were their B&B while they visited her in-laws. The boys loved sleeping in the tent and playing (the detritus of darts and nerf guns all over the house was a monument to that), Twirly Girl and Abby loved being together, and us adults enjoyed talking and doing fun things together. For instance David and Larry took three of the boys to a soccer game one evening, and one day Angie and I spent the day working on our scrapbooks. Well, she actually did pictures on a page, I simply taped all our receipts we had saved from our Europe trip onto card stock and put them in my binder. Another day Angie and I took all the kids to the pool, which in this heat, was a real treat! We sent them on their way to Melanie's Sunday after church, brunch, and a bit of target shooting out in the field behind Rhonda's.
That brings us to the current week which has been filled with shuttling Hannah and Ellie to work, a family birthday dinner for David, taking Nathan to camp, some more cleaning, time at the pool, and time to finish reading one book and progress on another.
Whew, no wonder I didn't blog.