This past week was a great week. It was nice to finally have one! It started off with our Fourth of July celebration. We went first to our local 4th of July parade. The kids loved it! The little ones had never been and so they had to learn the ins and outs of candy grabbing protocol. Thankfully one of my best friends was with us and taught them how to be ubber quick when it came to getting candy out of the roadway!
Next we went back to my friend's house and had a barbeque... all day long. It was awesome! We had cornhole tournament, the little kids swam in little pools, they played on the homemade slip-n-slide, played badminton, had sparklers and poppers, and we ate all.day.long. It was great!
When it started getting dark we made our way to town to watch the fireworks. We get to sit in the special police seating which is always an amazing place to get to be. We are right up close to where they fire them off and the sound and sights are stunning! We made our way home afterward and carried little people up to bed. It was probably the best 4th of July I have ever had!
Also this week a dear friend of my oldest daugther Kaylie came to live with us. She has been having a hard time for a while with her parents (both her fault and theirs) and we extended an invitation to her to come live with us. Her parents agreed that our home would be the best place for her right now. She is a senior in high school but is homeschooled so we will have to figure out what we want to do for her schooling. Her family is in Florida but she's orginally from our area so she still knows people here and had other friends. She's loving getting to reconnect with these "good kids". The ones she had been living with and doing things with in Florida were not quite the people she really needed to be around. The wonderful thing is that she figured out on her own that her life was taking a very bad turn from where she really wanted to be and she told Kaylie she was scared of what might happen to her. Because she is so determined to get her life back and find who she really is I think she's going to do so well at our house. So now we have 10 children :)
I was asked to be the chairman of the Right To Life group in our parish. I have gone to a few diocesean meetings already but hadn't met with our pastor yet. On Thursday we met and he approved all the things I have lined up for our group to do within our parish and our community. I am so excited to be heading up this group and determined to bring the life issues to the forefront of our community. I have plans for nursing homes, the jails, the pregnancy resource center, and much more! We already have several things on our calendar so I can't wait to start!
We refinanced our home to lower our interest rate and our payments! One less stress for us!
There were other things that wrong this week (lots of medical stuff) but there were so many things that went great! It was nice to have a week where I felt happy much of the time! It lifted my spirits to know that we have so many great friends with which to celebrate with, that someone trusts me enough to think I can have a positive influence on their daughter's life, that I am trusted enough to be put in a leadership position over a group that I think is extremely important not just for our parish but for our community as well. The refinancing was just the icing on the cake!
So this week, while not often, I got to have my cake and eat it too! I am stuffed!