Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hikes,Hoops and Hope

Summer of 2017 has so far been so great that it has flown by!!  I am so thankful for summer because it gives us a chance to slow down (just a little) and take advantage of extra time together.  We love summer in our household! 

One of the awesome things we have done is take a sunset hike with the youth to Molly's Knob.  For you not so local folk, this is a HARD hike but has a view that makes it all worthwhile.  We left the church at 7 and we knew we had to be at the top by 8:15 to see the sun setting.  Talk about pressure because the hike is hard and the last .4 miles is STRAIGHT up.  Kyle hiked with me the whole time and he literally pushed me a few times to "encourage" me!

See I told you the view was totally worth the TORTURE to get to the top.  It was truly breathtaking!

Another joy of the summer has been watching our youth and my own kiddos serve at church through the Nurture program.  We were blessed this year and received a grant to fund this! I wrote the grant NEVER dreaming it would come through.  This program gives us the chance to serve children and it gives our youth a chance to serve in a tangible way in our community. Each child leaves each week with two new books and a backpack of food.  It exhausts me but it is totally worth it!

One of the joys of the summer has been watchng our high school basketball teams play in a summer league and attend two team camps together.  It amazes me that these coaches (who do not receive a coaching stipend until the season begins) organize and play ball to get ready for the season and to help the kids.  So far between summer league and team camps these boys have already played in 18 games with more on the schedule!  That is almost an entire season in three short weeks.  Our Kyle certainly has loved every single minute of it!  This summer he has played varisty and despite being extremely nervous the first two games he is doing well.
This red head keeps us laughing and was certainly entertaining us all at Hope's birthday lunch.  He is almost 13!!  I cannot wrap my head around that yet.

Pops and GG came down this past week to spend the day with us for Hope's birthday.  While GG was inside helping Hope learn her new piano piece, Pops was outside teaching Kyle how to change the oil in the golf cart.  Today being Father's Day I have to just say that God blessed me when he chose Guy Gilmore to be my Dad.  He may love to yell at referees, he may have a week bit of road rage at times, and he maybe the most accident prone person in America, but he is my Daddy and he rocks.  He is the most loyal and kind person around.  He loves Jesus and he is always there for us.

Today also being Father's Dad I cannot miss an opportunity to wish Mike a Happy Father's Day!  He sacrifices for all of us and we are so thankful for him!  He puts his family first every.single. day and he makes sure we all know "to do the right thing."

My pictures are out of order again, but Kyle's high school coach's wife captured this precious picture of Kyle with their son before one of our many games!  This little guy is a baller and he has been asked to be on Team  Xplosion for next year.  It is so cool that Kyle and this little guy will be playing for the same organization next year.
This is how summer 2017 has been treating us thus far!  We certainly love our pool time as well.

This little love turned 8 last week!  8!  How can this be?  It seems the baby of the family grows up quicker than the rest.  This little girl loves to serve the Lord and others, loves her some hoops as well, and loves the piano and good food.  She keeps us all organized and she is my right hand and best friend.  We are so thankful that God chose us to parent this girl.  May she always do what it right, love and serve others, and stay close to Jesus!  We love baby girl!
Captured this sweet moment of Pops showing Hope a new trick on her string-crows feet!  I am so thankful that summer allows us whole days with GG and Pops,learning new tricks and new life skills.  We are blessed buy busy this summer!

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