Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Summer break is wrappin' up....

Hard to believe but the girls do indeed go back in 13 days. Man, where did summer go? Even though our summer playtime is ending the hot weather here in Atlanta is just now starting to really get cooking! As much as I need order, I really have enjoyed ( & always do) just hanging out by the pool with everyone~ sleeping in too! No carpools, no crazy after school schedules. This time each year when all the schedules start solidifying i wonder, "how will i get everyone where they need to be AND get a great meal on the table?" But I know moms all over the world will give me an Amen to that one!

Few pics from July 4th~

I have hosted a bible study for several years in my home. Definitely a blessing. Definitely a wonderful way to bond between other women . I believe the Lord has given us friendships to encourage one another and to just come alongside each other. But the business of life often competes with time we should make to nurture those relationships. & nurturing them does take a commitment. This year I am hoping to do just that. I decided to take a break from the organized study. I have been blessed with many women in my life who are a few years older than I. They have "been there-done that". I want to spend time with them & discover their secrets. Find out how they transition with children.....especially when they become teens. I know none of them are perfect as they'd be quick to say, but I know I love them & have much to learn from them. The first thing each of them has told me is SIMPLIFY. Learn to say no. Do not make yourself feel like you have to be at the school or church every time the doors are open.

Of course, we need to be involved in our children's lives. Of course we need to be their advocates & their support. But I think we feel guilty if we don't do it all!


Kristin said...

Your summer pictures just always make me feel like I have had a great day at the beach. I just always appreciate how you catch the emotional moment in your photography and your transparent heart. Love to you my friend. Have a very blessed and happy day.

Anonymous said...

Oh Paige,
I so needed to be reminded of those things about how to simplify. I was just in tears this morning being overly stresssed about having the kids home all summer, and thinking I have to have every single min. planned for them, and the business of j2j right now, and well.....just life! Im going to go pour a glass of iced tea and chill with the kids! Love you girl! Tracy

cammy said...

Hi Paige,

Only 13 days?! That is just not fair! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments. I see that we share the love of photography. Your pics are beautiful. On our recent vacation my camera broke and I wasn't able to take pics of the kids on the beach. The kiddos were jumping for joy. "Yeah, finally a vacation where we don't have to put on our jeans and white shirts and pose for mom." I was so sad.

I look forward to visiting with you again. Cammy

sugar said...

I didn't know you were in Atlanta! I am from Atlanta. I have been in Fl. for a little while now and still haven't found a church. its so different here.I know what you mean about older women teaching the younger women and how important those relationships are. i need that too. still love your blog!

Sheree said...

Your summer vacation pics are gorgeous. And sounds like you will be surrounding yourself with some really wise women. Be sure to share more of their tips and inspiration with the rest of us. :)