Whew...it has been just TOO hot in Southeast Kansas! We've been in the 100's for more days than I can count, and there aren't any days on the 10 day forecast below 98 degrees or even a chance of rain! It's a good time to be a lizard or desert animal or something! We've been mostly just staying inside, keeping cool!
Asher and I went out a few times this past week to water the plants, but I knew it was too hot when even *he* was willing to come inside to the air conditioning! He loves being outside. His favorite thing to do is drive his trucks in the dirt...he comes in filthy, but he's a boy! He looks just as sweet with dirt from head to toe as he does when he steps out of the bathtub! He did enjoy being in the water a little bit a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't find our little pool, so I filled up a storage tote for him to splash in! Thank you Rubbermaid for a tote tough enough to handle our boy!
Katie spent this last week at Youth Camp in Oklahoma. Most of the kids from school go to this camp, so she knows a lot of people there. She had a good time, but was so tired that she slept most of the day today to catch up. I think the heat and uncomfortable bunks has made her appreciate her own bed! She's heading out this next week for Missouri for Nazarene Children's camp! She's excited about swimming, canoing and archery, and of course being with her friends from our church!
Claire has been a trooper through the heat. We've been in and out of the car quite a bit with a few car trips, and she has not fussed or complained at all! She's growing and changing so much. She is just full of smiles and "talks" so much! She loves Katie and Asher, and just smiles when she sees them. Honestly, I am still in complete awe of her. I know it's been 5 months since she was born, and I knew 7 months before that she was coming, but sometimes I still cannot believe we have her. She is just so beautiful and amazing. We feel so incredibly blessed to have her. Kris and I just look at her in her crib by our bed and smile at each other, we both know that she is a special gift.
Our friends Brian and Erin and their new baby, Eli Timothy on July13th! He is precious! We went to visit them at the hospital, and it was a special moment to see both dad's who are such close friends there with their little boys! Unfortunately Asher was being a little handful during our visit, and we didn't get a picture of the four of them together.
Even though the temperatures are hot now, I can rest in the fact that my favoirte season is coming up, and before I know it I will have a 3 1/2 year old, an 11 1/2 year old and an 8th month old baby! Lord, please help me not to wish away these hot days of summer, help me enjoy each little moment with my family (even though it's stinkin' hot!) I love you, Lord, and I praise you for all of your blessings!