Well in my mind, it is officially summer! I am so excited for the warm weather and free spirit that the season of summer seems to “spring” upon us. See what I did there?
On Friday, our church group met up for Youth Summer Days! Caroline had a blast and I’m sure if I could ask Lawson he would have said he enjoyed being held and walked around a park. Here are some photos…
When Josh got home from work that afternoon, we packed (the rest of the way) and hit the road to go to Ohio for an amazing revival at Lake Mount Church of Christ. Josh and I, a few weeks back, had booked a hotel to stay Friday and Saturday night with the kids to enjoy this awesome event for an anniversary gift to each other – and it did not disappoint.
I’ll tell ya, there is nothing like staying in a hotel with a toddler and an infant. Caroline decided she didn’t want to sleep in her pack n play and laid next to me saying “Robo Dog” (this is a Paw Patrol character for those of you who do not have kids who belong to the cult of Paw Patrol LOL) until about 11:45pm. We have no idea how she had the energy since she hardly napped Friday, but hey, we lived to see another day!
Of course the messages from two faithful preachers, Kerry Allen and Aaron Davis, were excellent! We were also super, super proud of Caroline for just totally going with the flow and going into a strange place with all new people and actually loving it! She ended up crying on the way back about how she wanted to see JoJo, one of the little ones at the church.
The next morning, we headed to Bob Evans and enjoyed a delightful breakfast as a family, which I realized was the first time we have brought BOTH kids to a restaurant! They did well! YouTube may have been played, but hey, we did it!
While we were there, we decided to get ahold of the preacher of Lake Mount Church of Christ to ask him some good things to do around there and he invited us over to his house for lunch and some swimming! It is absolutely amazing how the family of God extends to everywhere and how our bond in faith is unlike anything else in this world. Anywhere you go around the world, you will feel at home. We experienced this when we visited Kentucky in November of 2019.
To say that we had a blast would be an understatement. We are truly grateful to Jason and Stephanie for welcoming us into their home! We headed to Dollar General and picked up a bathing suit (size 4T was all they had lol) for Caroline and one for Josh too so he could get in with her. Then we went on a hunt for swim diapers at Giant Eagle and picked up some snacks to bring along. Photo bomb below!
That evening we met back at the church for a fellowship meal at 5:30 and then the next sermons at 7pm. It was so much fun.
The next morning was the early church service at 8am, Sunday school at 9:30am, and the worship service at 11:30am. Caroline enjoyed playing with her newfound friends again and cried more for JoJo when we left.
It didn’t take long for her to fall asleep once we left. And that brings us to now! We are heading back to PA. What an amazing weekend. I wouldn’t change a single thing. I love learning more about my Lord and Savior, meeting more of those whom I will spend eternity with, exposing our children to God and new experiences, and of course growing in my relationship with Josh – since this whole trip was to celebrate our 4 year anniversary. God is so good!
What is a mountaintop experience you have had in your life?
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10